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GRADUATE RECRUITMENT

Adams & Adams is the firm that equips you with the skills to meet the demands of being a successful legal practitioner. A candidate attorneys (CA) at Adams & Adams gets an opportunity to tap into the 1200 years of experience of our partners and legal resources the firm has built up and acquired since it was established in 1908.

The CA programme is an intensive training programme therefore we set aside our best resources to enable the CAs to thrive. Our Graduate Recruitment Committee (GRC) comprises of partners, our Senior Human Resources Manager, and the Professional Development Manager. Only the top candidates selected by the committee are invited to our recruitment programmes.

The CA Programme

THE CA PROGRAMME

 

Our CAs are trained to become leading legal practitioners. This is evidenced by the fact that CAs who are not retained by the firm have gone on and become successful legal practitioners because of the solid foundation they received at Adams & Adams. The skills we offer build independent thinkers who can identify and confidently embrace opportunities for advancement.

 

WHAT WE OFFER OUR CAS

  • On-the-job training with direct access to partners
  • Weekly technical learning sessions facilitated by senior professionals
  • Peer learning support programmes
  • In-house practical vocational training facilitated by our technical experts and supervised by the LSSA L.E.A.D
  • Support for Attorneys’ Admission Competency Based Examinations
  • A bi-annual rotation programme within different practice areas
  • Individual career counselling and coaching
  • An exit support programme for CAs
Start Your Application

HOW TO APPLY FOR THE CA PROGRAMME

 

We are looking for high calibre discerning candidates who are willing to work hard towards their goals and maximise on the exposure and training they receive at the firm.

They must demonstrate:

  • Self-motivation and leadership skills
  • Strong and consistent academic performance
  • Good interpersonal, communication and problem-solving skills
  • The ability to handle complexity
  • The foresight to anticipate things, composure under pressure, and taking responsibility for an outcome.

We accept applications from BA Law, BCom Law, and LLB students. To apply you must have completed the first year of LLB or second year of BA Law or BCom Law undergraduate degree.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY THE FOLLOWING SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS:

  • A letter of motivation;
  • A copy of your ID;
  • Matric / Senior Certificate;
  • A full academic record of all qualifications to date on a university letterhead;

Applications are open throughout the year until all available positions have been filled. We encourage our potential CAs to apply as early as they can to avoid disappointment.

SENDING YOUR APPLICATION:

We use an application tracking system (ATS) which is hosted by leap.ly. Interested candidates must create a profile HERE to apply

  • For technical assistance with your online application, please use the online chat hello@leap.ly during office hours.
  • For queries related to your application or our selection process, you may contact us at gradrecruitment@adams.africa

Please note: We will only consider complete applications with all the relevant documents.

Selection Process

THE SELECTION PROCESS

 

At Adams & Adams potential candidates only submit one application for the vacation programme and Practical Vocational Training/ CA Programme HERE.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to one of our vacation programmes. The programme is designed to help the candidates and the firm to assess their fit with the firm.
At the vacation programme candidates will be assigned to teams where they will work closely with the partner and be assigned work that a first year CA would be expected to manage with the partner’s guidance.

HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF BEING SELECTED:

At Adams & Adams, applications are reviewed by HR and by the partners on the Graduate Recruitment Committee. When applying, understand that you are already engaging with your future employer and supervisor.

Spending time going through the firm’s website is important as it gives you a sense of who we are before submitting your application.

We understand that you apply to more than one law firm, but we encourage you to avoid making your motivational letter too generic while trying to save time and inadvertently wasting an opportunity. Your motivational letter must be written in a formal business letter format and should be tailored to Adams & Adams.

The general rule of thumb for applying anywhere is that you must do what you can to give the employer the best view of who you are. You do this by:

  • ensuring that all the information on your CV is factually accurate
  • checking your application for grammatical errors and correcting them before submitting your application
  • when using abbreviations writing the name of the organization out in full before using an abbreviation e.g., South Africa (SA)
  • looking out for gaps which an employer may wonder about and build the missing information into your motivational letter
  • and by asking an objective person with the know-how to check your application before sending it to your potential future employer.
Bursary

BURSARY

 

THE E.V. ADAMS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME:

Named for one of our co-founders, Eustace Adams, the E.V. Adams Scholarship is awarded each year to students who display exceptional abilities, and whom the firm’s partners consider deserving based on academic merit and financial need.

WHO CAN APPLY:

  1. Students enrolled at a South African University who demonstrate consistently strong academic performance. South African Citizens studying towards their BA Law/BCom Law/ LLB degree.
  2. Applicants must provide their Grade 12 results, indicating that they have achieved a B symbol or higher in English and a C symbol or higher in Mathematics.
  3. Furthermore, they must demonstrate their financial need for support.
  4. The applicant must maintain a higher-than-average academic standard i.e. above 75% average each year of study
  5. The scholarship programme is provided to students with a view to employment as Candidate Attorneys at the firm when they complete their LLB.

HOW TO APPLY:

Applications for the E.V. Adams Scholarship are open from 1 November until 28 Feb each year.
Applicants can complete an online application HERE

Applications must be accompanied by the following supporting documents:

  • A letter of motivation;
  • A copy of your ID;
  • Matric / Senior Certificate;
  • A full academic record of all qualifications to date on a university letterhead

VALUE:

A maximum of R50 000 will be sponsored towards the student’s studies and paid directly to the university towards tuition

TENURE (Number Of Years The Award May Be Held For)

1-year renewable depending on student maintaining a 75% aggregate in terms of the requirements set by Adams & Adams.

CLOSING DATE

28 February

CONDITIONS OF AWARD

Bursary applicants may be required to partake in vacation work and will be expected to act as campus-based brand ambassadors for the firm from time to time. Adams & Adams will require a first right of refusal regarding practical vocational training.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

BA Law/ BCom Law/ LLB

THE CA PROGRAMME

 

Our CAs are trained to become leading legal practitioners. This is evidenced by the fact that CAs who are not retained by the firm have gone on and become successful legal practitioners because of the solid foundation they received at Adams & Adams. The skills we offer build independent thinkers who can identify and confidently embrace opportunities for advancement.

 

WHAT WE OFFER OUR CAS

  • On-the-job training with direct access to partners
  • Weekly technical learning sessions facilitated by senior professionals
  • Peer learning support programmes
  • In-house practical vocational training facilitated by our technical experts and supervised by the LSSA L.E.A.D
  • Support for Attorneys’ Admission Competency Based Examinations
  • A bi-annual rotation programme within different the practice areas
  • Individual career counselling and coaching
  • An exit support programme for CAs

HOW TO APPLY FOR THE CA PROGRAMME

 

We are looking for high calibre discerning candidates who are willing to work hard towards their goals and maximise on the exposure and training they receive at the firm.

They must demonstrate:

  • Self-motivation and leadership skills
  • Strong and consistent academic performance
  • Good interpersonal, communication and problem-solving skills
  • The ability to handle complexity
  • The foresight to anticipate things, composure under pressure, and taking responsibility for an outcome.

We accept applications from BA Law, BCom Law, and LLB students. To apply you must have completed the first year of LLB or second year of BA Law or BCom Law undergraduate degree.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY THE FOLLOWING SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS:

  • A letter of motivation;
  • A copy of your ID;
  • Matric / Senior Certificate;
  • A full academic record of all qualifications to date on a university letterhead;

Applications are open throughout the year until all available positions have been filled. We encourage our potential CAs to apply as early as they can to avoid disappointment.

SENDING YOUR APPLICATION:

We use an application tracking system (ATS) which is hosted by leap.ly. Interested candidates must create a profile HERE to apply

  • For technical assistance with your online application, please use the online chat hello@leap.ly during office hours.
  • For queries related to your application or our selection process, you may contact us at gradrecruitment@adams.africa

Please note: We will only consider complete applications with all the relevant documents.

THE SELECTION PROCESS

 

At Adams & Adams potential candidates only submit one application for the vacation programme and Practical Vocational Training/ CA Programme HERE.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to one of our vacation programmes. The programme is designed to help the candidates and the firm to assess their fit with the firm.
At the vacation programme candidates will be assigned to teams where they will work closely with the partner and be assigned work that a first year CA would be expected to manage with the partner’s guidance.

HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF BEING SELECTED:

At Adams & Adams, applications are reviewed by HR and by the partners on the Graduate Recruitment Committee. When applying, understand that you are already engaging with your future employer and supervisor.

Spending time going through the firm’s website is important as it gives you a sense of who we are before submitting your application.

We understand that you apply to more than one law firm, but we encourage you to avoid making your motivational letter too generic while trying to save time and inadvertently wasting an opportunity. Your motivational letter must be written in a formal business letter format and should be tailored to Adams & Adams.

The general rule of thumb for applying anywhere is that you must do what you can to give the employer the best view of who you are. You do this by:
 

  • ensuring that all the information on your CV is factually accurate
  • checking your application for grammatical errors and correcting them before submitting your application
  • when using abbreviations writing the name of the organization out in full before using an abbreviation e.g., South Africa (SA)
  • looking out for gaps which an employer may wonder about and build the missing information into your motivational letter
  • and by asking an objective person with the know-how to check your application before sending it to your potential future employer.

BURSARY

 

THE E.V. ADAMS AND NONDUMISO MSIMANG BURSARY:

Adams & Adams offers two bursaries to two deserving students. The bursaries are named after one of our co-founders , Eustace Adams,  fondly known as E.V. Adams, and our dearly departed partner, Miss Nondumiso Msimang, who we lost to the pandemic.

The bursaries are awarded each year to students who display exceptional abilities, and whom the firm’s partners consider deserving based on academic merit and financial need.

WHO CAN APPLY:

  1. Students enrolled at a South African University who demonstrate consistently strong academic performance. South African Citizens studying towards their BA Law/BCom Law/ LLB degree.
  2. Applicants must provide their Grade 12 results, indicating that they have achieved a B symbol or higher in English and a C symbol or higher in Mathematics.
  3. Furthermore, they must demonstrate their financial need for support.
  4. The applicant must maintain a higher-than-average academic standard i.e. above 75% average each year of study
  5. The bursary is provided to students with a view to employment as Candidate Attorneys at the firm when they complete their LLB.

HOW TO APPLY:

Applications for the E.V. Adams and Nondumiso Msimang Scholarship are open from 1 November until 31 January each year. Applicants can complete an online application HERE

Applications must be accompanied by the following supporting documents:

  • A letter of motivation;
  • A copy of your ID;
  • Matric / Senior Certificate;
  • A full academic record of all qualifications to date on a university letterhead

VALUE:

A maximum of R50 000 will be sponsored towards the student’s studies and paid directly to the university towards tuition

TENURE (Number of years the award may be held for)

1-year renewable depending on student maintaining a 75% aggregate in terms of the requirements set by Adams & Adams.

CLOSING DATE

31 January

CONDITIONS OF AWARD

Bursary applicants may be required to partake in vacation work and will be expected to act as campus-based brand ambassadors for the firm from time to time. Adams & Adams will require a first right of refusal regarding practical vocational training.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

BA Law/ BCom Law/ LLB

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