developed, organized, and conducted the first European Law Internship
in 1976 and 1977, programs which were subsequently recognized and
the American Bar Association as part of an LL.M. curriculum.
Internships are now
available with International law firms and company legal departments in
regions of the world. Internships are established for periods
from three weeks up to two
months. Hosts may occasionally offer or require extended internships.
The following are
eligible to participate in the program:
(1) law graduates and (2) law students in good standing who have
least one third of their professional degree (JD) requirements before
the placement commences.
participants have been from North
America, but many
have also come from Europe, Latin
America, Oceania, and Asia. A good law school record (ca. GPA
3.0) and strong academic and/or professional references are expected.
students and graduates must be from American Bar Association (ABA)
accredited law schools. Most participants have at least
basic foreign language skills relevant to the host jurisdiction.
decisions are based on an overall assessment of our ability to place
applicant and of the applicant's ability to succeed in the placement.
law student applicants,
preference will be given to those seeking degree credit. Among
law graduate applicants, preference will be given to those
affiliated certificate and LL.M programs.
The internship program
offers the foreign
participant an experience similar to that of a young practitioner,
legal trainee, or
summer associate in
the host law firm. Internships pursue both professional and educations
should be treated as temporary but full-time participants in the
routine activities of the host office. Each intern brings
unique skills, educational background, and experience in the legal
The host firm should make every effort to fully utilize the knowledge,
and experience of the intern. Most
successful host-intern experiences occur when the intern is actively
dealing with legal problems.
From an intern’s
perspective, the professional values of an internship include the
experience and the acquiring of specific skills, the development of
contacts within the host country, an increased appreciation for other
societies and cultures and, for many, the improvement of foreign
language skills. The host may benefit from using the intern on matters
and files to
which he or she can bring special skills, background, and knowledge, to
bring international contacts to the firm,
to cultivate future professional contacts through the intern after he
returns to his or her home country, and the use of the intern for
briefings and memoranda on topics of foreign law.
the intern has a full-time
obligation to his or her activity within the office, the host firm
aware that the intern also is a “student” whose task is to gain
and develop skills in a foreign legal setting. Each host should assist
the intern to develop a basic understanding of the structure of the
in the host country, an appreciation of the roles of lawyers in the
jurisdiction’s judicial system, and their functions in the host
country. Each host firm should provide
the intern an opportunity to visit local courts and other legal
to accompany lawyers when meeting clients or regulators.
The intern also should
be afforded the opportunity to gain a basic understanding of the nature
involved in a transnational commercial and business practice
representation of transnational clients in the host country.
Interns ought to be involved full-time in the firm’s activities
during the internship and should be as productive as possible in client
the host’s behalf. A new intern should be introduced to the members of
the firm and all should be made aware of the program goals and the
desire of the
intern to take full part in the work of the firm. Assignments
can be given to the intern from several directions, assuring a
of activity during the intern's stay. An intern will profit not only
from substantive independent assignments suitable to
the intern's abilities, but also from the
opportunity to observe members of the firm at work in client
conferences, and in court.
Internships are NOT
paid positions. American Bar Association (ABA)
prohibit compensation for internships that result in credit toward
the juris doctorate degree of an ABA accredited law school. Internship
who wish to may offer compensation to post-qualification law
participating in the program as part of an LL.M or certificate
curriculum. This may be in the form of a stipend,
in-kind assistance (such as lodging and meals), or a combination
All interns must keep a daily journal of their work-related
activities. CILS monitors each placement by making confidential
hosts and to Interns during the placement. About every two weeks, each
should submit a reflective report assessing his or her work and
the successes and the difficulties encountered.
An important factor in the success of the internship is that the intern
accommodation at an early stage. While it remains the ultimate
the intern to secure his or her accommodation, many hosts provide or
room or flat in advance for their interns. Others
simply provide logistical support in locating lodgings. The
intern knows of hosts intentions in assisting with securing lodgings,
the sooner the intern will be able to devote full
attention to the work of the office.
CILS cooperates extensively with »»
School (SULS) in Boston
on, inter alia, faculty exchange and internships.
With regard to
internships, this cooperation facilitates transferable JD credit in
with ABA Guidelines. Internship candidates will be able to apply
SULS, have access to the usual financial aid facilities, and credit the
internship to the SULS LL.M
Joint Certificate in International Legal Practice
Graduate law students may also earn the "SULS/CILS Joint
International Legal Practice." Certificate requirements
include the satisfactory completion of an internship; an SULS course in
"International Legal Practice" or its equivalent; and a substantial
research project approved by SULS/CILS amounting to 12 hours.
Procedure and Policies
1. Law student applicants from the United States - CILS/SULS Intern
must apply via CILS' institutional partner, Suffolk
University Law School in Boston. CILS' cooperation with SULS
transferable JD credit for law student interns from ABA law schools.
All other applicants may elect to apply via CILS
Internship Application Form or via Suffolk
University Law School.
Fees (NOT CILS/SULS Intern Applicants)
A US $100 application fee must accompany each internship application.
applicants are notified of placement within eight weeks of admission. A
payment of US $500 is payable prior to notification of placement
total fees payable to CILS in the normal course of an internship are
$600. These fees include certification of internship for law school
US law schools - see CILS/SULS cooperation above for US law