Legal Aid SA CEO Vidhu Vedalankar says: “We offer legal professionals an opportunity to make the constitution a living document for all people with a focus on the poor and vulnerable.”
The public-interest law firm sources entry level candidate attorneys from all universities across SA since it has branches nationwide. At any point, about 650 candidate attorneys are employed by Legal Aid SA. Recruits undergo rigorous screening for competitiveness and cultural fit before being appointed.
“We have invested heavily in growing our own talent pools. Our CAs [candidate attorneys] are developed over a twoyear period, whereafter they become eligible for admission as attorneys. Legal Aid SA retains the top performers of the group as junior professional assistants,” says Vedalankar.
The state- owned law firm chooses to focus on talent that shares its vision, has the potential to grow within the organisation, while driven to achieve their individual professional goals.
“To students and graduates we would advise that you think about and develop your own distinguishing capabilities and competencies which will make you an attractive employee to us,” she says. “We are seeking employees who are energetic self-starters, willing to go the extra mile; employees who take responsibility for their own development and can work and be part of high-performance teams.” •••