South Africa: Candidate Attorney Programme

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Business Unusual

Ours is not your typical Candidate Attorney offer, because we are not your typical law firm.

At Spoor & Fisher, we are known for attracting lawyers, engineers, scientists, technical experts, IP professionals, and administrative and support staff who are distinctive, dynamic and forward-thinking.

After all, IP law is about protecting uniqueness, managing potential and enforcing fairness.

For more information about our Candidate Attorney Programme, click the button below to download

What We Offer

  • A clear career path
  • A comprehensive training programme
  • Well-structured induction courses
  • Hands-on mentorship by industry experts
  • Development and growth opportunities
  • Exposure to international blue-chip clients
  • An inclusive, engaging company culture
  • Integrated staff wellness programme
  • Competitive remuneration and benefits

What We Look For

  • Science and engineering graduates who have completed their degrees and would like to pursue a career in patent law
  • LLB graduates, wanting to build a future-focused legal career in trade mark, copyright and advertising law

If you’re one of these, and you believe that you have…

  • Consistently good academic results
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Diligence and drive
  • A hunger for success
  • An inquiring mind
  • Proven leadership qualities
  • Commitment to the welfare of others

Programme Details and FAQs

  • Candidate Attorney Articles 2026
What is the opening date for applications for articles at Spoor & Fisher?

There isn’t one. All applications are acknowledged and placed on our database for consideration, and a decision is made regarding each application in time for the appropriate year.

What are the closing dates for articles and the IP Day?
  • Applications for Vocational training 2026: CLOSED
  • Applications for Vocational training 2027: 30 April 2025
  • Date of next IP Day:
    -Centurion : 11 July 2024
    -Cape Town : TBC
How to submit an application for articles

Email the following documents to

  • Your CV
  • A copy of your latest academic record
  • A copy of your identity document
  • A copy of your Grade12/Matric certificate
  • A cover letter

What our past candidates say

Tiger Brands’ relationship with Spoor & Fisher goes back to 1931 when the firm’s first trade mark application filing was our very own Jungle mark! Our relationship with the firm has grown from strength to strength and we continue to work together as colleagues, rather than law firm and client, in managing Tiger Brands’ extensive IPRs portfolio. We have a dedicated team at Spoor who have made it their mission to not only intimately know our brands (and their related IPRs) but to also have an in-depth knowledge of our business. The team’s depth of expertise and level of responsiveness is unmatched. They are an easy and fun team to work with, and are always willing and able to go the extra mile! – Legal 500, 2023

We as S. C. Johnson & Son South Africa has been on a journey of more than 20 years with our legal partners Spoor & Fisher attorneys. What started off with the registering and protection of our intellectual property moved on to the combatting of counterfeit goods. We highly value their intuitive approach to all related legal matters always putting the client and their interests first. – Legal 500, 2023

Spoor & Fisher has been rendering Litigation Services to Adcock Ingram Healthcare (Pty) Ltd (“Adcock Ingram”) since approximately the year 2000 and Adcock Ingram hereby gives Spoor & Fisher an overall assessment of excellent for services rendered. – Legal 500, 2023

Spoor and Fisher has rendered their services to CANSA for more than 10 years. They assist CANSA with our Trademark portfolio. They render their professional services to CANSA on a pro bono basis, which is highly appreciated as CANSA is an NPO. We are most impressed with their level of professionalism. They are highly reliable and stand by their commitments irrespective of the fact that it is a pro bono service. We can highly recommend engagement to other potential clients who require their services. – Legal 500, 2023

As a fashion brand with a global strategy, Mr Reinard Kruger from Spoor & Fisher helped us achieve and exceed all our objectives. We found a partner that understands our needs and truly cares about the interest of their client. From our brand’s initial registration to successfully implementing a complex internationally coordinated defence strategy, Mr. Kruger guided us and helped us succeed with the utmost care and professionalism. Mr. Kruger from Spoor & Fisher is one of the best IP partners that we’ve worked with across the world. – Legal 500, 2023

She understands the whole range of issues, gives thoughtful advice and finds the right team in her firm to handle different types of matters that may fall into different specialities – Chambers and Partners 2023

The lawyers provide strong and creative advice and representation – Chambers and Partners, 2023

Charles Webster is particularly deft at resolving tricky disputes – Chambers and Partners, 2023

Kay Rickelman is a terrific attorney – Chambers and Partners, 2023

Dina Biagio is very efficient and responsive – Chamber and Partners 2023