What we offer

Practical Vocational Training

Our Candidate Attorney programme comprises a two-year training period. Through our rotation system, our graduates have the opportunity to experience up to four practice areas during their practical vocational training. This allows our graduates to make an informed decision regarding the practice area they ultimately seek to specialise in.

We recruit our Candidate Attorneys at least two years in advance of them completing their university studies. It is therefore in your best interest to submit your application before the closing date.

Please note that we require all Candidate Attorneys to complete a two-year period in respect of the practical vocational training, irrespective of whether they have attended Law School or any other related training programme prior to joining Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr.

Student Vacation Programme

We offer a formal two-week Student Vacation Programme to law students. This programme takes place biannually during the Summer and Winter university holiday periods. The programme enables law students to obtain a practical sense of the day-to-day activities of a corporate lawyer. This is an opportunity to experience the law in action and develop your skills.

vacation programme
vacation programme
vacation programme


Annually, we award bursaries to numerous law students around South Africa.
In awarding our bursaries, we look for law students who have excelled academically and are in financial need.