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 18 and 35 (at the time of the programme)
- Be fluent in English. French, Portuguese, Arabic are 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
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.
Stage 1: Online application
Qualified individuals must apply directly through the ILFA website online application system.
Stage 2: Pre-Screening
Pre-screening of applications will occur on a rolling basis. During pre-screening, ILFA staff and affiliates determine which applications meet basic eligibility. Applications that have met requirements will be forwarded to the National Committees.
Stage 3: National Screening
Short-listed applicants are invited by the National Committees for in-person interviews. Nominations are forwarded for further consideration to the ILFA Board of Directors.
Stage 4: Candidate Review
ILFA Board of Directors convenes in London in May to review all nominations. Applicants recommended for final consideration may be required to submit additional information for Board review.
Stage 5: Approval by ILFA Board of Directors
Successful candidates will be provided offer letters. Candidates will be given deadlines to provide written undertaking to complete the placement, written undertaking to return home after completion of the placement, Non-disclosure Agreements etc. ILFA Board of Directors has final authority for selection of secondees, and supervises the conduct of the Programme.
*Application to ILFA Programmes does not guarantee an offer.
Selected candidates who do not return the acceptance form by the date listed in their letter/email will be removed from the offer list and their space will be offered to the next most qualified candidate.