Eligibility for Flagship Programme
- Have a distinguished academic background and in particular a degree in law
- Have a minimum of a second class upper division (2.1) or equivalent according to British undergraduate degree classification system) from a university with a reputable law faculty
- Be a qualified practising lawyer in any African jurisdiction with a minimum of three years post qualified experience (PQE)
- Have permanent residence and currently be working in an African country (in-house, private practice, government). Exceptions made for approved sabbaticals i.e studying abroad etc)
- Be aged between 21 and 37 (at the time of the programme)
- Be fluent in English. French, Cantonese, Mandarin, Portuguese, or Arabic may be desirable for certain placements
- Have a record of having performed high quality work which can be verified by strong referees familiar with the individual’s work
- A clear plan of returning to the home jurisdiction at the end of the secondment and a commitment to sharing the skills acquired on secondment with others
- Be committed to developing legal skills across a range of practice areas and to participating in all aspects of the secondment programme
- From January 2020 secondees or their sending organisation may be required to make some contribution towards the cost of the secondment. Further details about this will be shared upon offer of a secondment place.
Secondees will be placed within one of ILFA’s sponsor firms and corporations . The expectation is that the secondee’s legal expertise matches the relevant practice(s) of the host firm e.g. corporate and commercial law, dispute resolution (arbitration, litigation and ADR), public international law, banking and finance etc.
Our selection process, as outlined below, has been recognised as open, fair and transparent.
Stage 1: Online application (20th November 2019 – 10th January 2020)
Qualified individuals must apply directly through the ILFA website online application system.
Stage 2: Pre-screening (February – March 2020)
Pre-screening of applications occur on a rolling basis. During pre-screening, ILFA working committee determine which applications meet basic eligibility. ILFA Executive Director and working committee members develop a shortlist of applicants that have met requirements. The shortlist is then sent to ILFA’s is then drawn up and National Committees across the various African jurisdictions.
Stage 3: National Committee screening (March – April 2020)
Short-listed applicants are invited by the National Committees for in-person interviews. The ILFA Executive director also participates and conducts random telephone or skype interviews with applicants to ensure NC interviews are consistent across jurisdictions. Nominations are forwarded for further consideration to the ILFA Board of Directors.
Stage 4: Candidate review (May 2020)
ILFA Board of Directors convenes to review all nominations. Applicants are recommended for final consideration may be required to submit additional information for Board review.
Stage 5: ILFA Offer Stage (June 2020)
Successful candidates are provided offer letters and contracts are issued upon receipt of satisfactory references. The contract includes a Non-disclosure. Agreement and written undertaking to complete the placement and return home at the end of the Programme. ILFA Board of Directors has final authority over selection of secondees. The board also has oversight over the running of programme.