Letters to the editor – August 2021

August 1st, 2021
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Candidate legal practitioners, find your balance

Starting off your legal career with articles of clerkship, or practical vocational training, is not easy. Luckily, you are not alone. The Cape Town Candidate Attorneys’ Association (CTCAA) is a voluntary association committed to supporting candidate legal practitioners and making their two years a happy, healthy and successful experience.

For all candidate legal practitioners, whether at a large private firm, at Legal Aid South Africa or working with a sole practitioner, it is important to remember that there are many others with similar struggles and questions as you.

It is this community that the CTCAA was established for. The CTCAA is an organisation by candidate legal practitioners for candidate legal practitioners. It aims to bring candidate legal practitioners together and to help make those two years of hard work, as good as they can be.

With all the pressures faced by young professionals entering the legal sphere, it is important to ensure that you have a healthy routine in place. This will enable you to work sustainably throughout your busy two-year training contract. Taking some quiet time for contemplation or making sure you squeeze in a weekly run is something, which will make the long hours more tolerable and more productive.

To help catalyse this healthy routine, the CTCAA is kick starting a brand-new wellness series with monthly events, which focuses on getting candidate legal practitioners exercising together. The first event of this series is a yoga event at Green Point Park in Cape Town.

Remember to work on getting that balance right, come join us to meet the legal minds of the future and rejuvenate after a long week.

We assist with –

  • registering articles;
  • applying for admission;
  • day-to-day queries on our WhatsApp groups and Instagram page;
  • support and guidance in navigating the courts; and
  • professional networking events.

Savanna Kanzler is the Secretary and Head of Professional
Development at the Cape Town Candidate Attorneys’ Association.

This article was first published in De Rebus in 2021 (Aug) DR 4.

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