Bursaries

How to apply for Legal Practitioners Fidelity Fund (LPFF) Bursary 2025

Are you an aspiring law professional looking to complete your LLB degree? Or a practicing attorney seeking to advance your qualifications? The Legal Practitioners Fidelity Fund (LPFF) is here to help you achieve your academic dreams with its comprehensive bursary programme for the 2025/2026 academic year. Dive in to find out how you can secure this opportunity!

About the Legal Practitioners Fidelity Fund (LPFF)

Formerly known as the Attorneys Fidelity Fund (AFF), the LPFF protects the public from financial loss due to the theft of trust funds. Its primary mission is to reimburse clients who suffer monetary losses when their entrusted funds are stolen by attorneys. The fund also encourages public trust in legal practitioners by serving as a fidelity guarantee.

Who Can Apply?

The LPFF Bursary Programme is open to both undergraduate and postgraduate law students. Here’s a breakdown:

Undergraduate Students

  • Eligibility: South African citizens or permanent residents who have completed Matric and are currently in their 2nd or 3rd year of LLB studies at a recognized South African university.
  • Coverage: Funding is provided for the final 2 years of LLB studies.

Postgraduate Students

  • Eligibility: South African citizens or permanent residents who have completed an undergraduate law degree (such as BA (Law), B Comm (Law), B Iuris, B Proc, or a 4-year LLB) and are practicing attorneys or candidate attorneys.
  • Coverage: Funding aims to enhance professional standards for practicing or candidate attorneys.

What Does the Bursary Cover?

The amount covered by the bursary is determined annually by the Minister of Justice and is applied towards tuition fees. Successful applicants will be notified in writing and must accept or decline the award within 6 months of receiving the offer.

Application Requirements

To be considered, applicants must meet the following criteria:

For Undergraduate Students

  • Must be a South African citizen or permanent resident.
  • Must have completed Matric.
  • Must be in their 2nd or 3rd year of LLB studies.
  • Must be studying at an accredited South African university.
  • Must agree to the rules of the bursary as outlined in the application form.
  • Preference is given to students with financial need and a strong academic record.

For Postgraduate Students

  • Must be a South African citizen or permanent resident.
  • Must have completed Matric.
  • Must hold an appropriate undergraduate law qualification.
  • Must be a practicing attorney or candidate attorney.
  • Must be studying at an accredited South African university.
  • Must agree to the rules of the bursary as outlined in the application form.

How to Apply

Follow these steps to apply for the LPFF Bursary:

  1. Download the Application Form:
  2. Prepare Your Documents:
    • Passport-sized photograph (attach to the application form)
    • Certified copy of ID or permanent residence document
    • Academic transcript and results for semester 1
    • Testimonial from the Dean of your Faculty of Law
    • Additional documents for postgraduate applicants: completed degree, salary slip, and details of any other financial assistance received
  3. Submit Your Application:
    • By Post:
      • Bursary Coordinator, Legal Practitioners Fidelity Fund, P.O. Box 3062, Cape Town, 8000
    • Hand Delivery:
      • Mr. Shawn Africa, Bursary Coordinator, Attorneys Fidelity Fund, 5th Floor Waalburg Building, 28 Wale Street, Cape Town, 8000

Note: Applications via email or fax are not accepted.

Important Dates

  • Application Deadline: 15 August 2024 (12:00 PM)
  • Notification: Applicants will be notified of the outcome soon after the closing date.

Need Help?

For any questions or further assistance, contact:

Shawn Africa (Bursary Coordinator)
Phone: 021 424 4608
Email: shawn@fidfund.co.za

Don’t miss this chance to advance your legal career with the support of the LPFF. Apply today and take a step closer to your professional goals!

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