Founded in 2012, the EELC is registered as a law clinic with the Cape Law Society and its staff of social justice lawyers specialise in education policy, legal advocacy, community lawyering and public interest litigation.
The EELC engages in strategic litigation regarding major issues surrounding long-term educational reform, as well as working on individual cases arising from experiences of learners, parents and teachers, such as expulsions, disciplinary matters and access to schools.
The EELC provides legal services and representation free of charge to persons who would not otherwise be able to afford them. The legal processes pursued by the EELC seek to create systemic change in the education sector.
The EELC is also closely connected to the campaigns of its sister organisation, Equal Education (EE). EE is a movement of learners, parents, teachers and community members, working for quality and equality in South African education, through analysis and activism. The EELC provides legal advice and interventions and, where necessary, strategic litigation, to support the campaigns led by EE members.
The Equal Education Law Centre is opening a call for applications to social justice lawyers for a three-month paid litigation internship.
- One internship position is available for the period 1 June 2017 to 31 August 2017
- One internship position is available for the period 1 September 2017 to 30 November 2017)
- Graduates with a passion for social justice, law and education
- An LLB qualification
- Strong research and writing skills
- Candidates must be willing to learn and to work under strict deadlines
- Ability to work in Cape Town for the duration of the internship
Candidates who demonstrate a commitment to social justice and struggles for equality will be preferred.
Preference will be given to black candidates from historically black universities.
To apply, submit your application to firstname.lastname@example.org quoting ‘Litigation intern Application’ in the subject line.
- A motivation letter and full curriculum vitae
- Two reference letters
- A sample of written legal work.