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is impact.

It just takes one step.

knowing

is authenticity.

It just takes one step.

knowing

is purpose.

It just takes one step.

knowing

is collaboration.

It just takes one step.

knowing

is innovation.

It just takes one step.

At Bowmans, our graduate recruitment team recognise the spark ignited by knowing your why – it’s the catalyst that drives us, too. As a pan-African purpose- and value-driven firm, with a reputation for excellence, our culture of collaboration isn’t simply about adding people together, it is about multiplying their potential for the benefit of our clients. 

We’re the how to your why because we understand the value of knowing.  

Through our graduate recruitment, we offer a variety of programmes at our respective offices to give graduates access to on-the-job training and mentorship; experience and exposure to various areas of law; and the ability to interact with our highly competent professionals. If you participate in one of our graduate recruitment programmes, you can develop your professional experience and form lasting relationships.   

You’re a graduate with purpose, and we’re a Firm with vision – aligned in our pursuit to give those who place their trust in us the confidence to build a better tomorrow. 

It only takes one step. 

Our Application Process

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Online Application

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:

  • Specialist expertise. 
  • High performance culture. 
  • Exposure to top quality work. 
  • Experience across four rotations. 
  • Personal and professional growth.  

 Bowmans Articles: Candidate Attorney Programme 

We offer a comprehensive two-year programme for you, as a candidate attorney, to serve your articles with us. Participants are exposed to high-level corporate law under the guidance of industry leaders, coupled with countless training opportunities. 

 Bowmans Break: 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. 

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

Bowmans 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. 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. Matriculants: please upload a copy of your National Senior Certificate. Tertiary students: please upload a copy your comprehensive university transcript, Matric Certificate, Identity Document and a marked legal assignment.

Section Day Programme
  • 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. 
Taking the next step
  • Applications must be submitted online from 1 July 2023 until 31 December 2024.  
  • The graduate recruitment team and selected partners of the firm will screen your application to assess your eligibility. 
  • 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.

A Word from the Graduates

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Our Programmes

We provide graduate recruitment opportunities for pupils in our Kenyan and Mauritian offices; for candidate legal practitioners in our South African offices; for interns in our Tanzanian office; and for learner legal practitioners in our Zambian office.

In addition, our Virtual Experience Programme specialising in Kenyan and South African law is accessible to all aspiring lawyers internationally. It provides an

opportunity for anyone to participate in some of the tasks we would normally assign to students on-site. This online self-paced programme requires no prior experience and is designed to provide a sneak peek into the world of corporate law at Bowmans. Create a profile and enrol to complete one (or more) of the five modules on offer here.

See below for detailed information on the programmes offered by our Kenyan and South African practices. Please submit an enquiry to the relevant office using the Contact Us functionality for further information about our graduate programmes in Mauritius, Tanzania and Zambia.

We offer a variety of programmes at our respective offices to give graduates access to on-the-job training and mentorship; experience and exposure to various areas of law; and the ability to interact with our highly competent professionals. Click on the relevant link for further information on our two largest programmes – those in Kenya and in South Africa.

What we offer
  • On-the-job training and mentorship. 
  • Experience and exposure to various practice areas of law as a result of quarterly rotations. 
  • The ability to interact with our highly competent advocates of the High Court and other lawyers across our geographical footprint.
What we look for

We look for lawyers aspiring to complete their training as Kenyan advocates - well-rounded people with a high level of academic achievement and commercial awareness. To be considered for a pupillage position, applicants must have: 

  • A KCSE Certificate (or equivalent) and be able to demonstrate strong academic achievement. 
  • An LLB student qualification (upper second class honours and above). 
  • Be admitted to the Advocate Training Programme at the Kenya School of Law. 
  • Be outgoing, curious, ambitious and commercially-minded with a passion to succeed as a lawyer in a top law firm in Africa. 
How to apply
  • 2024 Pupillage Applications:The application window for the 2024 intake has now closed. We thank all applicants for their interest and enthusiasm. 

  • 2025 Pupillage Applications:We are now accepting applications! Interested candidates can apply by clicking here or scanning the QR Code below.

    Application Deadline: Make sure to submit your application by March 31, 2024.

    Selection Process: The selection process, including interviews and written assessments, will commence in May 2024.

    We look forward to welcoming a new batch of pupils and continuing our tradition of nurturing the next generation of legal professionals.

  • Our Virtual Work Experience Programme

    We offer a Virtual Experience Programme, which provides an opportunity for you to participate in some of the tasks we would normally assign to students on site. This online 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 click here.

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

Top tip to make your application stand out

“At Bowmans we look for graduates who bring their authentic self to work every day and never stop learning. Be curious at every single engagement and whenever possible, get as uncomfortable as possible – this is when we grow the most.” 

– Shalin Ledwaba, Head of Talent Acquisition

Top tip to make your application stand out

“At Bowmans we understand that while striving and attaining academic excellence is a requirement, following your passion and being constructively active is essential.”

– Kasheer Singh, Graduate Recruitment Manager

Top tip to make your application stand out

“Take submitting your application seriously as it reflects on you. Make sure that before you hit apply your profile is complete, that it is neat, and that all required documents are loaded as requested (PDFs not screenshots)…in short: send the perfect application!” 

– Reatile Molefe, Graduate Recruitment Administrator

Top tip to make your application stand out

“At Bowmans we look for graduates who bring their authentic self to work every day and never stop learning. Be curious at every single engagement and whenever possible, get as uncomfortable as possible – this is when we grow the most.” 

– Shalin Ledwaba, Head of Talent Acquisition

Top tip to make your application stand out

“At Bowmans we understand that while striving and attaining academic excellence is a requirement, following your passion and being constructively active is essential.”

– Kasheer Singh, Graduate Recruitment Manager

Top tip to make your application stand out

“Take submitting your application seriously as it reflects on you. Make sure that before you hit apply your profile is complete, that it is neat, and that all required documents are loaded as requested (PDFs not screenshots)…in short: send the perfect application!” 

– Reatile Molefe, Graduate Recruitment Administrator

OUR PEOPLE

Shalin Ledwaba

Head of Talent Acquisition

KASHEER SINGH

Graduate Recruitment Manager

PABALLO MOTSOANE

Graduate Development 
Consultant

REATILE MOLEFE

Graduate Recruitment Administrator

Our People

Shalin Ledwaba

Head of Talent Acquisition

KASHEER SINGH

Graduate Recruitment Manager

PABALLO MOTSOANE

Graduate Development 
Consultant

REATILE MOLEFE

Graduate Recruitment Administrator

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