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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.” •••

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