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Welcome to Clyde & Co in South Africa

We offer vacation scheme work placements and articles in both our Johannesburg and Cape Town offices.


Our two offices in Cape Town and Johannesburg are the perfect environments to apply your knowledge to practical scenarios and gain meaningful experience. You will get exposure to many industries at both offices, including aviation, healthcare and marine.

Practice areas

Details of the practice areas in each of our office locations in South Africa.

Our Johannesburg lawyers advise domestic and international clients across all lines of insurance and reinsurance business. Our practice areas are: 

  • aviation
  • financial institutions and D&O
  • healthcare
  • industrials
  • mining
  • marine
  • personal injury
  • power
  • product and public liability
  • professional negligence
  • property

Our Cape Town lawyers have particular experience in the aviation marine, healthcare and insurance sectors. Our practice areas are:

  • aviation
  • construction and engineering
  • financial institutions and D&O
  • personal injury
  • product liability
  • professional negligence
  • property
  • public liability
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Our Vacation Schemes

We run winter vacation schemes in both our Johannesburg and Cape Town offices, and can be flexible with the dates to fit with the term times at your university. The scheme is aimed at penultimate-year and final year law students.

Successful vacationers will be offered the opportunity to apply for our candidate attorney positions. As we know the importance of maximizing our candidates' exposure to all aspects of our specialised practice, we provide them with the appropriate guidance and training to ensure a meaningful experience. 

Candidates are given the opportunity to work closely with both associates and partners, while being given the freedom to act independently. A healthy balance is maintained between theoretical and practical tasks.

Application Process

  • You must be either a penultimate-year or final year law student
  • 70% overall academic average
  • BA Law, Bcom Law or LLB stream
  • Permanent South African residency

Ensure you submit your curriculum vitae, full academic transcript, ID copy, and matric certificate. Applications that do not comprise of all supporting documentation will be rendered as incomplete.

Once the application deadline has passed, eligible applicants will be sent our digital assessment.

You will find a variety of question types, including some video and written responses. Some of these questions may present you with a range of situations and challenges that you can expect to face as a trainee here at Clyde & Co. Think about how you would respond to the different challenges and opportunities you can expect as part of your daily work.

Some questions also focus on motivation for the role and what you can bring to the firm. Try to answer these honestly, as we want to know how you would respond authentically. We also want to give you the opportunity to learn more about Clyde & Co and the role you have applied for.

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Neo Mokapela

Associate - Coverage, Specialty, Reinsurance - Johannesburg Office

“As a Trainee, each day at Clyde & Co provides one with an opportunity to learn an array of skills from the brightest minds, equally committed to your growth. The experience I gained with each passing day was one that was truly invaluable.”

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Courtney Kemp

1st Year Candidate Attorney, Johannesburg Office

“Clyde & Co is where you will learn from exceptional attorneys while gaining hands-on, practical experience.”

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Maryam Rawoot

1st Year Candidate Attorney, Capetown Office

“Clyde & Co Cape Town offers a supportive work environment with an emphasis on educating and upskilling its CAs.”

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Yousuf Munshi

1st Year Candidate Attorney, Johannesburg Office

“The exposure, knowledge and insights gained at Clyde & Co are second to none and have massively developed both my personal and professional skills.”

Other programmes

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Global Virtual Experience Programmes

At Clyde & Co, we recognise the challenges that students and graduates can face when trying to access a career in the legal profession. It is our aim to provide an opportunity to understand what a career in law would look like by providing a practical insight into the day-to-day life of a commercial lawyer.

Read More - Learn more about Global Virtual Experience Programmes
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LIFT Insight Day - Middle East & Africa

Our LIFT (Legal Insight for Future Talent) Insight Day is an opportunity to learn more about Clyde & Co and the wider legal/commercial sector, with a particular focus on the opportunities available in the Middle East and Africa.

Read More - Learn more about LIFT Insight Day - Middle East & Africa
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Meet Us

If you're ambitious, adventurous and committed to embarking on a career in law, we'd love to meet you.

We run a few events throughout the year that you may be able to attend or we encourage you to reach out directly if you have any questions.

Meet Us

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