Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (CDH) is one of Africa’s largest corporate and commercial law firms. Our firm track record spans over 165 years and CDH has consistently been ranked as South Africa’s number one large law firm.

With more than 350 qualified lawyers and a service capability in 11 different practice areas from our offices in Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Nairobi and Sandton, our lawyers specialise in the full spectrum of services covering our clients’ business legal needs and sizeable influence in Africa’s key financial centres and African markets.

At Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr we believe in partnerships. As one of the largest business law firms in Africa, the partnerships we cherish and value the most are those we have forged through time and experience with our clients, our people and our communities. We value training, learning and skills development as important elements of Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr’s corporate culture.  This applies not only to our lawyers and candidate attorneys, but also to our clients. We are a truly African law firm where transformation is about living our values and principles.

We encourage you to visit our Graduate Recruitment website for more information.

We are looking for all-rounders when selecting candidate attorneys, ie candidates with good academic results and an active interest in areas outside of their studies (eg sport, university initiatives, community work, part-time work, culture).

We value integrity, a positive attitude, a willingness to embrace the firm and a commitment to contribute to a successful partnership. Our Candidate Attorneys are rotated through four different practice areas in which they are exposed to working with leading industry practitioners.

We also feel that it is important for our employees to ‘live our values’ which include respect, excellence, stewardship, integrity and teamwork.

Our Candidate Attorney programme comprises a two-year training period. Through our rotation system, our graduates have the opportunity to experience up to four practice areas during their practical vocational training. This allows our graduates to make an informed decision regarding the practice area they ultimately seek to specialise in. We recruit our Candidate Attorneys at least two years in advance of them completing their university studies. It is therefore in your best interest to submit your application before the closing date.


We look for all-rounders, ie students with a good academic record, interests in areas outside of their studies and financial need.

We look for all-rounders, ie students with a good academic record, good communication skills (oral and written) and interests in areas outside of their studies (ie sport, culture, university initiatives, community work etc) and interested in considering career options in a commercial law firm.

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