Start your legal career at one of the premier African law firms, where you get exposure to high-end, top-quality work.

What we offer

One of our greatest strengths is our culture, which is friendly and informal and offers you the freedom to mould your own success within a supportive environment.

Our firm is not simply a place of work; it is also the place where professional experience is developed and lasting relationships are formed. In working with us you will get access to:

  • Our specialist expertise
  • Our high performance culture
  • Our top quality legal matters
  • Experience across four rotations
  • Personal and professional growth

What we look for

We look for students studying towards B.Com Law, BA Law or LLB degrees.

Our lawyers are team players. They are committed to excellence and deliver high quality service. Most importantly, they possess a passion for the law. So, we look for well-rounded people with a high level of academic achievement and commercial awareness.

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Candidate Attorney Programme

We offer a comprehensive two-year programme for you, as a candidate attorney, to serve your articles with us. We seek the top aspiring lawyers for our Candidate Attorney Programme, which runs over two years. Participants are exposed to high-level corporate law under the guidance of industry leaders, coupled with countless training opportunities.

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Vacation Work Programme

Our vacation programme provides an opportunity for you to meet us and get a glimpse of the day-to-day activities of an attorney practising in a leading law firm.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, we accommodated a limited number of law students at one of two week-long Vacation Programmes held in our Cape Town and Johannesburg offices. Because these are not feasible at present, we developed an alternative way of giving you experience in the practice of law.

Introducing our Virtual Experience Programme, which provides an opportunity for you to participate in some of the tasks we would normally assign to students on site, from anywhere in the world. This self-paced programme requires no prior experience and is designed to grant you a sneak peek into the world of corporate law at Bowmans.

All you need to do is create your profile and enrol to complete one (or more) of the activities on offer here.

There are five modules for you to work through. Complete all of them and move a step closer to identifying your preferred are of law. You’ll be awarded a certificate in recognition of your experience which you can add to your resume and social media profiles.

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Bursary Programme

We offer bursaries to students with excellent matric results hoping to study law and exceptional university students currently studying law. To submit your online application please click here to apply. Please note that the online platform generates your profile and allows for you to include a motivation for your application. Matric scholars: please attach your Grade 11 final results as well as your latest Grade 12 results. If you were awarded your National Senior Certificate, please upload a copy of your certificate onto your application. Tertiary students: please upload a copy your comprehensive university transcript, Matric Certificate, Identity Document and a marked legal assignment.

Our selection process


1. Online application

Applications must be submitted online. The graduate recruitment team and selected partners of the firm will screen your application to assess your eligibility.

2. Selection day programme

If your online application is successful, we will invite you to our two-day selection programme. Over these two days, you will have a number of opportunities to prove yourself as an individual and within a group setting.

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3. Offer

After the selection day programme, our panel will make the hiring decisions.

If you are successful, we will make you an offer.

Meet the Team

Shalin Ledwaba

Head of Talent Acquisition

Kasheer Singh

Kasheer Singh

Graduate Recruitment Manager

Paballo Motsoane

Graduate Development Consultant

Reatile Molefe

Graduate Recruitment Administrator