Please turn your device to landscape mode
As part of its policy to promote the education of candidates to gain entry to the legal profession the Law Society, with the assistance of the Legal Practitioners Fidelity Fund and the Namibian Legal Practitioners’ Trust, annually provides bursaries to law students or prospective law students.

During 2016, bursaries will be available to students to pursue their studies at a suitable institution for a law degree recognised in Namibia.  The minimum requirements are:
  • Certified copy of mid year examination results
  • Certified copy of birth certificate / ID / Passport
  • Certified copy of grade 12 certificate
  • Proof of Namibian citizenship
  • Proof of University admission
Click here to download the application form.
Application forms are also obtainable from the Law Society of Namibia, Namlex Chambers, First Floor, 333 Independence Avenue, or on e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Closing date for applications:  21 November 2016

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.  No documents will be returned.
As part of its policy to promote the education of candidates to gain entry to the profession, the Law Society, on recommendation of its Standing Committee on Bursaries, granted bursaries to a number of students.

The recipients for 2017 are the following (in alphabetical order):

Bursaries re-awarded


karischa schmidt 
Karischa Schmidt
LLB
University of Namibia (3rd year)

New bursaries

The amount spent on bursaries amount to N$210,000.00.

It would not have been possible for the LSN to award these bursaries if not for the continued financial contributions of the Legal Practitioners’ Fidelity Fund (LPFF) and the Namibian Legal Practitioners’ Trust (NLPT).  

The LPFF contributed 2/3 rds of the bursary funds in the amount of N$140,000.00 and the NLPT contributed 1/3rd of the bursary funds in the amount of N$70,000.00.
We thank the NLPT and the LPFF for their continued commitment in investing in the future of our legal profession.


loide auwanga  minerva calvar collazo mc engelbrecht
Ms. Loide Auwanga
LLB
University of Namibia
(1st year)
Ms. Minerva Calvar Collazo
LLB
University of Namibia
(1st year)
Mr. MC Engelbrecht
LLB
North West University
(1st year)
     
cornelia hausiku ondapandula beata iyambo  lahja nangolo
Ms. Cornelia Hausiku
LLB
Rhodes University
(1st year)
Ms. Ondapandula-Beata Iyambo
LLB
University of Namibia
(1st year)
Ms. Lahja Nangolo
LLB
University of Namibia
(1st year)
     
victoria naunyango ethan sipapela  
Ms. Victoria Naunyango
LLB
University of South Africa (1st year)
Mr. Ethan Sipapela
LLB
University of Namibia
(1st year)
 
As part of its policy to promote the education of candidates to gain entry to the profession, the Law Society has, with the assistance of the Legal Practitioners’ Fidelity Fund and the Namibian Legal Practitioners’ Trust, continued to grant bursaries to a number of students.  

The recipients thereof for 2015 are the following (in alphabetical order):

Bursaries re-awarded


A-Basson  C-Basson E-Hamaseb
Ms A Basson
LLB
University of Stellebosch
Ms C Basson
LLB
University of Namibia
Mr E Hamaseb
LLB
University of Namibia
     
P-Hatupopi H Moses  N-Nafuka
Mr P Hatupopi
LLB
University of Namibia
Ms H Moses
LLB
University of Namibia
Ms N Nafuka
LLB
University of Namibia


New bursaries


B -Mutelembi   J Neemwatya
Ms B Mutelembi
LLB
University of Namibia
Mr J Neemwatya
LLB
University of Namibia
   
K Schmidt   C Strauss
Ms K Schmidt
LLB
University of Namibia
Ms C Strauss
LLB
University of the Free State
As part of its policy to promote the education of candidates to gain entry to the profession, the Law Society has, with the assistance of the Legal Practitioners’ Fidelity Fund and the Namibian Legal Practitioners’ Trust, continued to grant bursaries to a number of students.  

The recipients thereof for 2014 are the following (in alphabetical order):

Bursaries re-awarded


A-Basson  N-Duminy M-Du-Rand
Ms A Basson
LLB
University of Stellebosch
Ms N Duminy 
LLB
University of Namibia
Ms M du Rand
LLB
University of Free State
     
H-Engelbrecht  E-Hamaseb P-Hatupopi
Mr H Engelbrecht
LLB
University of Namibia
Mr E Hamaseb 
LLB
University of Namibia
Mr P Hatupopi
LLB
University of Namibia
     
N-Nafuka  M-Shiyagaya  
Ms N Nafuka
LLB
University of Namibia
  Ms M Shiyagaya
LLB
University of Pretoria
 


New bursaries


C-Basson H-Moses
Ms C Basson
LLB
University of Namibia
Ms H Moses
LLB
University of Namibia
As part of its policy to promote the education of candidates to gain entry to the profession, the Law Society has, with the assistance of the Legal Practitioners’ Fidelity Fund and the Namibian Legal Practitioners’ Trust, continued to grant bursaries to a number of students.  

The recipients thereof for 2013 are the following (in alphabetical order):

Bursaries re-awarded


2013-burs-basson-a 2013-burs-duminy-n
Ms Alexanderie Basson
LLB
University of Stellenbosch
Ms Nicole Duminy
LLB
University of Namibia
   
2013-burs-engelbrecht-h 2013-burs-hatupopi-p
Mr Hassan Engelbrecht
LLB
University of Namibia
Mr Petrus Hatupopi
LLB
University of Namibia
   
2013-burs-nafuka-n 2013-burs-ndeunyema-n
Ms Nangula Nafuka
LLB
University of Namibia
Mr Ndjodi Ndeunyema
LLB
University of Namibia
   

New bursaries

2013-burs-durand-m 2013-burs-hamaseb-e
Ms Michelle du Rand
LLB
University of the Free State
Mr Enrico Hamaseb
LLB
University of Namibia
   
2013-burs-shiyagaya-m  
Ms Magdalena Shiyagaya
LLB
University of Pretoria
 
   
As part of its policy to promote the education of candidates to gain entry to the profession, the Law Society has, with the assistance of the Legal Practitioners’ Fidelity Fund and the Namibian Legal Practitioners’ Trust, continued to grant bursaries to a number of students.  

The recipients thereof for 2011 are the following (in alphabetical order):

Bursaries re-awarded

2011-burs-engelbrecht-h 2011-burs-gariseb-a
Mr Hassan Engelbrecht
LLB
University of Namibia
Mr Alexander Gairiseb
LLB
University of Namibia
   
2011-burs-grobler-c 2011-burs-klazen-j
Ms Chazanne Grobler
LLB
University of Pretoria
Ms Jozanne Klazen
LLB
University of the Free State
   
2011-burs-shikambe-a 2011-burs-tjaveondja-u
Mr Absalom Shikambe
LLB
University of Namibia
Mr Uaraera Tjaveondja
LLB
North West University
   

New bursaries

2011-burs-amutenya-a 2011-burs-duminy-n
Mr Abner Amutenya
LLB
University of Namibia
Ms Nicole Duminy
LLB
University of Namibia
   
2011-burs-nafuka-n 2011-burs-ndeunyema-n
Ms Nangula Nafuka
LLB
University of Namibia
Mr Ndjodi Ndeunyema
LLB
University of Namibia
   
As part of its policy to promote the education of candidates to gain entry to the profession, the Law Society has, with the assistance of the Legal Practitioners Fidelity Fund and the Namibian Legal Practitioners’ Trust, continued to grant bursaries to a number of students.

The recipients for 2009 are:

Bursaries re-awarded


2009-burs-dreyer-r 2009-burs-gairiseb-a
Ms Risa Dreyer
LLB
University of Stellenbosch
Mr Alexander Gairiseb
LLB
University of Namibia
   
2009-burs-grobler-c 2009-burs-haufiku-m
Ms Chazanne Grobler
LLB
University of Pretoria
Ms Mathilda N Haufiku
LLB
Nelson Mandela
Metropolitan University
   
2009-burs-kamkuemah-m 2009-burs-shilongo-l
Ms Anna N Kamkuemah
LLB
University of Stellenbosch
Mr Lawrence MT Shilongo
LLB
University of Cape Town
   

New bursaries

2009-burs-klazen-j 2009-burs-mungunda-n
Ms Jozanne Klazen
LLB
University of the Free State
Ms Natasha Mungunda
LLB
University of Namibia
   
2009-burs-shikambe-a 2009-burs-tjaveonda-u
Mr Absalom Shikambe
LLB
University of Namibia
Mr Uaraera GR Tjaveondja
LLB
North West University
   
The fact that a person has a law degree does not automatically make that person a legal practitioner.  

You first have to obtain either a B Proc or LLB degree at a University (which is approved and published in terms of the Legal Practitioners Act).  Study permits are required for studies at universities outside of Namibia.

Once you have successfully obtained your legal degree, you have the choice to become a legal practitioner or to seek employment where admission as a legal practitioner is not required. 

In order to qualify and be admitted as a legal practitioner you are required to complete a year of practical legal training with an established law firm (or an institution approved by the Board of Legal Education) and complete a course at the Justice Training Centre after which you will be required to pass further examinations. 

During this year you will be taught to apply the concepts which you learnt at university.

Upon obtaining the necessary certificates issued by the Justice Training Centre you can apply to the Court to be admitted as a legal practitioner.

Upon admission as a legal practitioner you will automatically become a member of the Law Society of Namibia. 

Career Opportunities

At this stage the legal practitioner must make a career choice, if he/she has not yet done that.

Law is such a wide field that there will be an area of interest for almost every different personality.  

There are different employment opportunities in the legal sector to mention a few:
  • Practising as an attorney (as a sole proprietor, partner, director or professional assistant);
  • Practising as an advocate;
  • Employment in the Ministry of Justice at either the Offices of the Prosecutor General, Legal Aid, Legal Drafters, Attorney-General, Government Attorneys, etc.;
  • Employment at the Legal Assistance Centre;
  • Employment at institutions such as Banks, Insurance Companies, NGOs, and other Ministries as a legal advisor;
  • Employment at either the Justice Training Centre, UNAM Law Faculty or Polytechnic as lecturer;
  • Office of the Ombudsman;
  • Researcher; and
  • Labour Consultant.

The work of a practising legal practitioner will entail some of the following:

Appearance in the Supreme, High and Lower Courts and Tribunals;

  • Presenting evidence, making submissions on behalf of clients, representing parties in criminal trials, civil actions, etc;
  • Advisory work;
  • Property transactions;
  • Estates;
  • Commercial work;
  • Drafting of wills;
  • Administering estates;
  • Advising on tax;
  • Legal opinions;
  • Registering of companies; and
  • Drafting of contracts.

Legal practitioners use titles such as attorneys, advocates, lawyers, legal advisors, etc to identify themselves according their employment choice.

A legal practitioner is a highly trained specialist who will give advice on the best course of action that a client / institution / employer can take in matters relating to the law. 

Legal practitioners work professionally and independently to look after the interests of their clients / employers. 

Legal practitioners are Officers of the Court and take an oath to uphold the law.  Legal practitioners should at all times act with the highest integrity en decorum.

Is the law for you?

The study of law involves a bit more than logic.  It involves the studying of Acts of Parliament, textbooks and cases decided in the past to see how the law has been interpreted and applied to specific situations. 

The law is dynamic and changes all the time.  In order to keep up with these changes a student has to study the basic elements of the law — this is what you study at university.

You do not only need a high academic standard but you should also have the following skills:

  • Communication skills:  speaking, writing, explaining, understanding and listening
  • Personal qualities:  sincerity, patience, confidence, organisational skills, reliability, hardworking, integrity
  • Academic skills:  interpreting, good memory, numeracy, analysing

At the end of the day, the first step you should take is to do as well as possible in your Grade 12 examinations.

Remember that there are no shortcuts to success.  Obtaining your degree and being admitted as a legal practitioner will open employment doors for you.

Go to top of page
Latest news