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International affiliations

International placements by the Law Society of South Africa

The LSSA places South African practitioners in the following programmes as part of its empowerment initiatives:


ILFA Flagship Programme (Placements in London, Paris and Dubai)
Applications are invited annually for the 3 months' advanced training and work experience placements in leading law firms or corporate legal departments in London, Dubai or Paris.

The ILFA Flagship Programme facilitates interchange opportunities for African lawyers to take part in a three-month secondment programme in law offices of international law firms and corporations based in London, Paris, and Dubai. Additionally, the programme provides an academic enrichment series that incorporates training modules on various topics relevant to the African legal sector. Finally, the ILFA lawyers undergo intense seminars at the prestigious Oxford and Cambridge Universities

The deadline for applications was 4 April 2016. Further information.


China-Africa Young Legal Professionals Exchange Program

The China Law Society, through the SADC Lawyers Association, invited the LSSA to nominate a young practising attorney to attend the ‘First Training under the auspices of the China-Africa Legal Forum’. The LSSA participated through its affiliation with the SADC Lawyers Association.

Commercial Law Programme

Since 2002, the Law Society of South Africa and Irish Rule of Law International have partnered to provide a commercial training programme, reaching over 400 South African lawyers. The programme has been especially significant for lawyers from historically disadvantaged communities. Key to the programme are placements that are offered to participants, which enable them to gain experience in commercial law practices.
While most of the placements are with the big law firms in Sandton, a few placements are offered by Irish law firms.

The Law Society of South Africa is a member of and/or plays an active role in the following organisations:

SADC Lawyers Association (SADCLA)

The LSSA was one of the founding members of the SADCLA in 1999. Max Boqwana and Noxolo Maduba represent the LSSA on the SADCLA Council.
The LSSA will be co-hosting the SADCLA annual conference and general meeting with the SADCLA in Cape Town from 17 to 20 August 2016.

BRICS Legal Forum

The LSSA participated in the BRICS Legal Forum in Brasilia, Brazil in December 2014 and in Shanghai, China in October 2015.

International Bar Association (IBA)

The LSSA is represented on the Council of the IBA by Ms Tshepo Shabangu. The LSSA has presented a number of initiatives with the IBA including the conference of the IBA African Regional Forum in Cape Town in March 2010 and the IBA Conference in Durban in 2002.

Commonwealth Lawyers Association (CLA)

The LSSA is represented on the Council of the CLA by David Bekker. The LSSA hosted the CLA’s 18th Commonwealth Law Conference in Cape Town in April 2013.

National Bar Association

The LSSA supports the participation of the Black Lawyers Association in its American counterpart, the National Bar Association.

International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL)

The LSSA supports the participation of the National Association of Democratic Lawyer in its international counterpart, the International Association of Democratic Lawyers. Port Elizabeth attorney Max Boqwana is a member of the IADL Council.