Eligibility for Flagship Programme

 Applicants must:


  • 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 3 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.
Programme Information:

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.