Every attorney must have completed a 2 year articles' period before being admitted as an attorney in the High Court. Many firms offer Candidate Attorney Programmes (CA Programmes) to graduates, however since this is a formative period for any budding attorney and is the springboard to building a legal career, choosing a law firm for the purposes of participation in a CA Programme is a decision that must be taken very seriously. At Cox Yeats we offer an unrivalled CA Programme, where the Candidate Attorney is exposed to exciting work, interacts with top tier clients and develops into a capable attorney.
At Cox Yeats, Candidate Attorneys are hired and placed into teams based on an indicated preference by the individual or based on where it is believed they will most likely excel. While Candidate Attorneys are, within their teams, exposed to various areas of legal practice, the policy at Cox Yeats is not to rotate Candidate Attorneys through the different teams. The aim is to foster deep specialisation within the major commercial practice areas at Cox Yeats.
While Candidate Attorneys at Cox Yeats are mentored by all of the senior practitioners within their respective teams, they will be assigned to a senior person within the team who will be responsible for the development of the Candidate Attorney for the duration of the CA Programme.
Cox Yeats encourages its Candidate Attorneys to think "out of the box" in order to formulate innovative, effective and personal solutions for the client of the firm.
Great store is placed on the development and training of Candidate Attorneys, and all young professionals, at Cox Yeats. Candidate Attorneys are exposed to regular in-house training sessions with a view to accelerating individual growth and raising expertise.
The combination of working with leading legal specialists, specialisation, exposure to high quality legal matters and top tier clients, dedicated training and mentoring creates a culture where a Candidate Attorney will have the best possible chance of becoming a skilled attorney by the end of the CA Programme.
The Cox Yeats CA Programme fully prepares Candidate Attorneys for the legal world.
The unrivalled progression we aspire to offer our Candidate Attorneys, however, is only achieved when a Candidate Attorney fully commits himself / herself to the CA Programme. Candidate Attorneys at Cox Yeats are expected to put in the "hard yards" and to continuously push the boundaries in terms of "out of the box" and innovative thinking. Of utmost importance is that a Candidate Attorney buys in to the Cox Yeats culture where integrity and honesty are of paramount importance.
Cox Yeats invites applications for vacation work experience from top achieving law students. Two ‘Vac Work' Programmes take place at Cox Yeats every 6 months, with 2 one week sessions at the end of January and 2 one week sessions at the beginning of July, each year.
We look for students that excel not only in their studies, but who have a balanced involvement in university and community life, and who value integrity, client service and ‘out of the box' innovative thinking.
Every Vac Work Programme involves the participant spending a day in each of our specialist teams where they are given tasks to complete by the end of the day. The participants are also given an opportunity to take part in a moot at the end of the week.
Those students that perform well during the Vac Work Programme are then invited to apply for the Candidate Attorney Programme.