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knowing

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.

knowing

is purpose.

It just takes one step.

WHAT WE OFFER

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

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

Through our graduate recruitment programme, we  make a variety of graduate recruitment offerings 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 are a graduate with purpose, and we are a firm with vision – aligned in our aim of giving those who place their trust in us the confidence to build a better tomorrow. 

It only takes one step. 

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I CHOOSE BOWMANS...

“I was drawn particularly to the firm’s emphasis on developing well-rounded talent through opportunities for personal development”
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“It offers top-tier solutions to clients solidifying its place as the Pan-African firm to watch”
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“Bowmans’ focus on creating a Pan-African footprint aligns with my ambition to extend my practice."
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“Through teamwork and emphasis on personal development, I have experienced tremendous growth in my career as a company secretary”
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I CHOOSE BOWMANS...

“It has a collaborative culture where every team member’s contribution, however big or small, is recognised and valued”
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“I want to be part of dynamic and innovative team”
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I CHOOSE BOWMANS...

“Bowmans - the theatre of dreams”
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I CHOOSE BOWMANS...

“The people and the culture of the firm make me feel welcomed and valued”
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I CHOOSE BOWMANS...

“Bowmans has a unique culture which celebrates individuality within a team, unlike many other firms which expect you to conform”

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 Manager

REATILE MOLEFE

Graduate Recruitment Consultant

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