Bursaries

Public Bursaries

The closing date for applications to reach our offices by no later than 15 August 2023. You may post or hand-deliver your application. Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS?

    • The minimum requirement for qualification for such a bursary is a BA (Law), B Comm (Law), B Iuris or B Proc degree or a similar qualification or proof of successful completion of the first two years of the revised 4-year LLB curriculum.
    • If you are currently in the 1st semester of your second year, we can assist with a bursary for your 3rd and 4th year of study.

OR

  • If you are currently in the 1st semester of your third year, we can assist with a bursary for your final year of study.

HOW LONG IS A BURSARY AWARDED FOR ?

A bursary can be awarded for a maximum period of two years at a South African University.

A bursary shall only be applied towards the tuition fees of a recipient.

WHO DETERMINES THE VALUE OF THE BURSARY?

The Fund’s Board of Control will in each case determine the amount of the bursary.

Preference will be given to applicants in serious financial need, although outstanding academic merit will be taken into consideration.

WHAT ARE THE CONTACT DETAILS OF THE BURSARY OFFICE?

Mr Shawn Africa

Bursary Co-ordinator
Legal Practitioners Fidelity Fund
5th Floor Waalburg Building
28 Wale Street
Cape Town, 8001

P O Box 3062
Cape Town, 8000
Docex 154
Cape Town

Tel: 021 424 4608
E-mail: shawn@fidfund.co.za

Alternatively, you can download the prescribed application form at the top of the page.

HOW IS THE FUND COMMITTED TO LEGAL EDUCATION

The Legal Practitioners Fidelity Fund is committed to legal education through:

  • Annual funding to the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) for Legal Education and Development programmes
  • Annual funding to the Black Lawyers Association (BLA) for its Legal Education Centre
  • Financial support to the Law Faculties and Law Clinics at South African universities

Law Society of South Africa

Since 1990, thousands of law graduates have benefitted from Practical Legal Training (PLT) programmes, by which their academic training has been supplemented with practically-based training, thereby enhancing their skills preparatory to entry into the profession.

During 2012, the School for Legal Practice provided vocational training to more than 1 380 LLB graduates at 6-month day and evening training courses, as well as an additional 1 879 candidate attorneys at 25-day courses. More than 700 experienced practitioners and other experts participated as instructors in LEAD’s various training activities. Graduates are entitled to a reduction in articles and to sit for the admission examination after satisfactory completion of the School’s programme.

The first distance-based School was established in 2005 in co-operation with Unisa.

The Fund provides a substantial measure of funding annually to the LSSA for the purpose of legal education.

Legal Education and Development (L.E.A.D) programmes provide opportunities to practising attorneys, their candidate attorneys and employees to enhance their legal skills by keeping abreast of developments in the law and pursuing study in different areas of practice. Training is by way of seminars, workshops, and in certain instances, diplomas in association with leading South African Universities. In 2012, more than 5 000 practitioners attended seminars and other training initiatives, and more than 800 attended the mandatory practice management training.

Contact details:

Old Main Building,
Unisa Sunnyside Campus,
145 Steve Biko Street (formerly Mears Street)
Sunnyside
Pretoria, 0001

PO Box, 27167
Sunnyside
0132

Tel: 012 441 4600
Fax: 012 341 1466
E-mail: info@lssalead.org.za

Black Lawyers Association – Legal Education Centre

The BLA-LEC is dedicated to the improvement of the legal profession and is committed to the effective management and development of human potential in accordance with its values and to the promotion of an egalitarian and equitable social order.

The “Continuing Legal Education” programme of the BLA-LEC is aimed at building capacity and making the study of law accessible to all aspirant Black legal practitioners.

Contact details:

33 Hoofd Street
Forum 1 Level 5
Braampak
Braamfontein,
2017

PO Box 5217
Johannesburg
2000

Tel: 011 403 0816
Fax: 011 403 0814
E-mail: info@bla.org.za
Website: www.bla.org.za

Law Faculties And Law Clinics

The Fund provides financial support to the Law Faculties and Law Clinics at South African universities.

Why The Fund Assists Law Faculties

The Fund is committed to the provision of financial support to law faculties at South African universities for the following reasons:

  • law faculties train future practitioners. To do this effectively, capacity, both as regards staff and facilities, is required.
  • law faculties must function within the parameters of universities’ policy directives regarding their core activities. Projects not falling within such core activities have to be funded from outside sources.
  • universities have in recent times had to contend with cutbacks in funding, both as regards staff and facilities.
  • the Fund and the organised attorneys’ profession wish to encourage the maintenance of high standards in legal education.

Apply as a Under Graduate

Use the form below to request a prescribed application form if you are an under graduate.





    Apply as a Post Graduate

    Use the form below to request a prescribed application form if you are a post-graduate.