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Candidate Attorney Programme

Choosing the right law firm is a big decision for every graduating law student. Securing a place on the Werksmans Candidate Attorney (CA) Programme opens up a realm of legal knowledge. We see our CA’s of today as the leaders of our firm tomorrow.

Articles will give you the opportunity to work with high-calibre clients (including many of South Africa’s leading multinationals, listed companies and financial institutions), alongside some of the best legal minds in the country.

How it works

When we recruit our CA’s we see a long term career path that goes beyond just the two years of Articles. We can envisage your development path from CA to Director. From the moment your application is short-listed, our Graduate Recruitment Manager will assist you, and this support stays in place even after you have arrived. Plus, you will always be able to connect with the senior directors who make up our Professional Staff Committee, and oversee our Candidate Attorney programme.



Our unique annual rotation structure is an essential part of our engagement with CAs. Your first year of rotation will be spent in our Litigation Department, working on some of the country’s most high-profile cases. Your second year of articles will be spent with our Commercial Department, where you will be exposed to a range of South Africa’s most interesting and complex business deals.


Your development

The training you will receive as a CA with us is just the start. We invest heavily in your learning, development and career growth. The program has been specially designed to augment your rotation throughout the firm and facilitate your ability to meet formal requirements like board exams. It also aims to compliment your on-the-job experience, and to ultimately create a two-year learning experience that will pave your career and also set you apart from rest.

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Interested? Download our brochure to get more details on benefits, training, development and the non-work-part about life at Werksmans. The brochure will also give you more information on how to make your application.