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2016 IBA Legal Internship Programme in London & Washington DC

International Bar Association is offering Legal Internship Programme in London & Washington DC. This is a paid internship programme. The IBA will pay research expenses such as trips to libraries, etc. In London, there is space for ten interns per three month intake whereas in the Hague, there are generally 2-3 interns at one time and in Washington DC, 1-2 interns. Interns from around the world can join. Internships are for a minimum of 12 weeks and a maximum of six months.

Field of Internship:  Intern positions are available for undergraduate law students, postgraduate law students, and newly qualified lawyers at the International Bar Association’s offices in London and Washington DC.
Course Level:
Internship
Internship Provider: International Bar Association
Internship can be taken at:
UK (London) and USA (Washington DC)

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Eligibility:  Applicants must have:
-advanced studies in international human rights and/or humanitarian law; excellent legal research and analysis skills;
-experience of legal writing and drafting;
-strong interpersonal oral and written skills;
-familiarity with internet- based research; and
-fluency in Spanish, French or Arabic an asset.

Internship Open for International Students: International students can apply for the internship.

Is this paid internship? Yes, The IBA will pay research expenses such as trips to libraries, etc. Please bear in mind that accommodation and travel are expensive in London. Accommodation is also relatively expensive in The Hague and Washington DC. Public transit tends to be costly in DC. The IBA Educational Trust is granting funding (to a maximum of £1500 each) in the London office to students who would not otherwise be able to take up the position due to financial constraints. Priority is given to applicants from developing countries, but other applicants will be considered. The IBA Educational Trust is granting funding (to a maximum of €2000 each) in the Hague office to students who would not otherwise be able to take up the position due to financial constraints. Priority is given to applicants from developing countries, but other applicants will be considered. There is no funding available for internships in Washington DC at this time.

Internship Description:  Intern positions are available for undergraduate law students, postgraduate law students, and newly qualified lawyers at the International Bar Association’s offices in London and Washington DC. Founded in 1947, the International Bar Association (IBA) is the world’s largest organisation of law societies, bar associations, law firms and individual lawyers. The IBA is involved with cutting edge issues affecting the international legal community and as an intern you can become involved in the work of the Association.

Number of awards offered: In London, there is space for ten interns per three month intake and we always aim to fill all places. However, at the start and end of internship periods, there may be times when there are fewer interns in the office. In The Hague, there are generally 2-3 interns at one time and in Washington DC, 1-2 interns.

Internship Duration: Internships are for a minimum of 12 weeks and a maximum of six months.

Notification: The association aim, once in receipt of all paperwork, to give you a decision approximately 3-4 weeks after the closing date (but please bear in mind that members of staff who make up the selection panels travel frequently so it is not always easy to make a quick decision).

How to Apply:  Send the following explaining your interest in the IBA Internship Programme (addresses below):
-Covering letter – this should set out the following:
– Why you wish to be considered for an intern position
– The dates you would be able to take up your position
– Specific research experience and areas of law that you are interested in
-Full Curriculum Vitae (CV / resume)
-Application form (you must save this form to your computer before filling it in):
APPLICATION FORM FOR AN IBA INTERNSHIP POSITION – London
APPLICATION FORM FOR AN IBA INTERNSHIP POSITION – Washington DC
APPLICATION FORM FOR AN IBA INTERNSHIP POSTION – The Hague
-Writing sample* – The writing sample could be a legal essay that you have written for your college degree programme or a report that you have written on a legal topic of interest. Sample must be in English only and not more than 4-5 pages in length. Because of the nature of the internship placements, much of the work will involve writing reports, letters, or assisting in the preparation of academic articles. The writing sample is useful for us to see how you structure a piece of written work and how you form and support an argument.
-Letter of reference – a letter from an academic tutor or employer mentioning your academic background, personality and suitability for the internship programme. This should be sent directly by your referee. If you are applying for funding, your academic referee should state their opinion on your eligibility to receive a grant as part of their overall reference.

Internship Application Deadline: Application deadlines for London are 26 February 2016 (4 July to 30 September 2016); 27 May 2016 (3 October to 30 December 2016); 26 August 2016 (3 January – 7 April 2017).
-Application deadlines for Washington DC are Rolling basis (14 December – 1 April 2016); (4 April – 29 July 2016).
-Intake for internships in the Hague- 1 March 2016 (20 June – 18 September 2016); 15 June 2016 (19 September – 31 December 2016).

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