Student Vacation Programme
We offer a formal 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.
The closing dates for applications for our annual vacation programmes are on our application portal.
Please note that we will consider all applications, however it is in your own interest to submit your application sooner rather than later as your chances are greatly increased by submitting the application before the closing date.
During the vacation programme, you will be assigned to a team of professionals (directors, associates and candidate attorneys). Your day-to-day activities may include training sessions; discussion forums; consultations, drafting of documents, court attendances; group activities and legal research.
Why not spend time with us and find out who we are and what we do?
Our annual vacation programme for law students is extremely popular and has gained a reputation as an exciting and rewarding experience.
We attract students from universities across the country, as part of this programme.
During the vacation programme, you will be assigned to a team of professionals (directors, associates and candidate attorneys). Your day-to-day activities may include training sessions; discussion forums; consultations, drafting of documents, court attendances and legal research. You will be given the opportunity to work in at least two diferent practices areas during the course of the vacation programme.
We include various training sessions and skills development initiatives as part of the vacation programmes. It therefore provides not only an opportunity to experience the law in action and to develop your skills, but also to meetests. The in-house training for vacation students covers the following:
- library orientation;
- legal research;
- orientation and training on how to use the electronic resources and databases (ie Juta, LexisNexis, Sabinet etc);
- drafting of legal documents;
- computer skills;
- practice management sessions and
- various specialist legal topics.
Our programme is designed to give you an intricate understanding of how our firm works, how our fee earners interact and the nature of our relationships with our clients.
Why not spend time with us during the next university holidays? Submit your application now by completing our online application form.
What did students say after participating in our vacation programme?
I would highly recommend this programme to anyone who is lucky enough to have the opportunity to participate.
I can assert the firm’s importance that was placed in providing me with knowledge of the way in which law firms operate, and the commitment that is required to excel.
The Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr vac programme was brilliantly structured, the combination of work, information sessions and fun. I loved my time here! The vac programme is what you make of it, if you have an open mind, a positive attitude and a good work ethic you will leave a richer, more well-rounded person.
My fellow vacation programme peers were incredible, we were a dynamic group of talented individuals from diferent backgrounds.
An awesome learning experience in a supportive environment.
I loved the fact that I could work with some of the best lawyers in the country.
One reads about these cases and here I was looking at the file and sitting in consultations to discuss the matter!
Every single person at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, from the cleaner to the executive is living the firm values, that was an amazing thing for me to witness.