LegalWise: Bursaries 2023

LegalWise: Bursaries 2023

LegalWise is inviting applicants to apply for Bursary Proggrame 2023 academic year.

Bursary Application Closing date is 30 September 2022

The bursary aims to assist students, both financially and with mentorship support, and thereby enable them to further their studies in fields that LegalWise has a need to recruit.

The bursary is open to LegalWise Members or children of Members, for studies towards the following qualifications:

  • Accounting (BCom)
  • Law (BA / BCom / LLB)
  • Informatics (BCom / BSc)
  • Human Resource Management (BCom)
  • Industrial Psychology (BCom)
  • Information Science (BIS)
  • Management (BCom)

The bursary will provide partial cover for study-related expenses, including the following: annual registration fees and tuition fees (capped at R40 000 per year). The bursary will NOT cover any outstanding student debt or failed subjects.

Bursary recipients will be required to complete their studies within the minimum allocated number of years, as specified by the University.

Bursary recipients will be required to take part in paid vacation work at the LegalWise Branch close to them, for 5 weeks per year (2 weeks during the June/ July holidays and 3 weeks during the December holidays).

Students who are studying towards a BCom degree (Accounting, Human Resource Management, Industrial Psychology or Management), Informatics, and Information Science, will be required to take part in paid vacation work and service obligation at the LegalWise Roodepoort branch. Students will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation if they are not residing in the area.

Once students have graduated, they must complete their in-house service obligation – the duration of the service contract is 6 months of paid service for each year of bursary funding received.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted and required to attend an interview at their nearest LegalWise Branch


Applicants must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria before applying (please note that failure to meet all the requirements will lead to your application not being considered):

  • You must be a LegalWise Member or a child of a LegalWise Member (biological, adopted, or under legal guardianship) The LegalWise Member must be fully paid up for a minimum of 2 years before application and must remain a Member for the entire duration of the bursary
  • You must have completed Matric
  • You must be studying full-time towards one of the qualifications listed above (part-time, distance, or correspondence students will NOT be funded)
  • You must be entering your second or higher year of study in 2023 (1st-year students will NOT be funded)
  • You must be studying at one of these approved tertiary institutes:
    • University of Johannesburg
    • University of Witwatersrand
    • University of Pretoria
    • University of Cape Town
    • University of the Western Cape
    • University of Stellenbosch
    • University of KwaZulu-Natal
    • University of Limpopo
    • University of Fort Hare
    • University of the Free State
    • Rhodes University
    • North-West University (Mafikeng or Potchefstroom campus)
    • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • You must have achieved a minimum overall average of 60% or the “C” symbol for the previous year of study
  • You must be fluent in English and at least one other South African official language (able to speak, read and write)
  • You must possess the following qualities: a positive attitude, determination, commitment, ability to work in a team, show initiative, good communication skills, and good interpersonal skills

How to apply

Download and complete the LegalWise Bursary Application Form 2022/2023

Submit clear copies of the following supporting documentation along with your completed application form (the submission of these documents is compulsory – if any items are missing, your application may be disqualified):

  • ID document (certified copy)
  • Passport-sized colour photo (attached to the application form
  • Matric certificate (certified copy)
  • Most recent tertiary academic transcript, including 2022 June exam results (certified copy)
  • Proof of university registration for one of the approved degrees (on university letterhead)
  • Latest student account (on university letterhead)
  • Motivational letter about yourself and why you should be awarded the bursary (maximum 750 words)
  • Letter of recommendation by a parent, legal guardian, or friend (optional)
  • Proof of LegalWise Membership (copy of Membership number or card)
  • ID document of LegalWise Member (certified copy)
  • Proof of relation to LegalWise Member:
    • copy of Membership card, if you are the LegalWise Member
    • birth certificate, if a biological child of a LegalWise Member
    • court-ordered guardianship if an adopted child or under legal guardianship of a LegalWise Member
    • marriage certificate, if married to a LegalWise Member
  • Parent/ guardian/ spouse proof of income:
    • latest financial statements or a sworn affidavit, if self-employed
    • copy of latest payslip, if employed
    • sworn affidavit, if unemployed
    • payslip from a legal guardian, if residing with a legal guardian while your parents are still alive
    • SASSA grant slip, if applicable
    • death certificate, if deceased

Note: original documents must NOT be submitted as documents will NOT be returned to applicants. Documents must be certified copies – certified at SAPS or SA Post Office.

Applications must be submitted in one of the following ways:

– Email:

– Fax: 011 670 4557

– Post:
External Bursary Department
c/o LegalWise
P O Box 1524

– Hand-delivered to your closest LegalWise branch (find your nearest LegalWise branch here)

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