Clearlaw offers law graduates, students and young lawyers a psychometric assessment, also called an aptitude test.  The assessment was developed by a research psychologist and an industrial psychologist, according to best practice for these types of assessments. 

Its goal is to identify areas for personal development by measuring four primary components with a number of sub-tests in each.  The primary components are:

  • Comprehension: the ability to read and understand business-level English
  • Verbal Reasoning: the ability to use written/verbal information to make inferences and decisions
  • Numerical Reasoning: the ability to manipulate numerical information in a practical context
  • Learning Potential: the ability to detect patterns and relationships in figures and shapes 

The test is available online through the Clearlaw platform on Google forms to all registered users for a fee of R2,200.00.  The fee allows you to access and complete the test and receive your results from an industrial psychologist, based on standardised scoring and reporting processes.  Click HERE to register

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The Clearlaw assessment is a ‘psychological test’ as defined in law.  However, the position regarding classification of psychometric tests has been unclear since a High Court case in 2017 involving the Associated Publishers of South Africa and the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). 

Proposed amendments to the Employment Equity Act had to be removed, so the current requirements in law are that the test be valid, reliable and applied and the outcomes assessed, in an equitable and non-discriminatory manner.  The Clearlaw test meets all of these requirements.  In addition, further studies will continue to build on the existing validation studies.

This test supports PlaceMe, a programme for law graduates aimed at building skills and creating employment opportunities. PlaceMe connects law firms and other legal sector entities (public and private) with qualifying law graduates, allowing those employers to reap the benefits of enhanced BEE scores, while contributing to the practice of law in South Africa in all its many guises.  The idea was born even before Yes4Youth was launched but it is hoped that it can be a useful addition to this programme. See www.yes4youth.co.za for more details.

The 12-month programme is intended to enable an increase in the number of jobs available to law graduates who are struggling to find articles or a permanent position.   PlaceMe assists participating employers by providing internship training, using our bespoke materials and methodologies. Our training focuses on practical skills that will equip candidates for future employment.

PlaceMe also offers a programme consisting in a choice of rotations within other firms and public sector entities, a learning schedule, performance reviews, and mentoring or guidance. Even if a permanent job is not on offer after the programme, we believe the graduate will stand a better chance of gaining employment in the sector, and contributing to the growth of our economy.

If you are interested or require more information, please contact us at placeme@clearlawsa.org.za.

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