Legal Affairs Internships

Following is a sample of our international Legal Affairs Internships. New opportunities are created every year. Get in touch if you don't see what you're looking for!

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Programs Offered

Immigration Law Agency

Immigration Law Agency

This agency is a law practice with specialization in immigration and nationality law. This firm is located in London's Convent Garden and strives to achieve security for those whose future is otherwise uncertain, and to carefully navigate where danger can be avoided. At the beginning of the internship, there will be reading and review of files of the practice from the last two years. These files will also include sections of text books and the UK Border Agency website, especially recent Home Office policies, to become acquainted with various areas of immigration law. It will then be important to become familiar with the publicity of the Immigration Law Practitioners' Association and the Free Movement blog. Once brought up to speed, there will be opportunity to sit in on client meetings to take notes, with a case discussion to follow. Responsibilities will then entail following up phone calls to courts and more. There will also be discussion on the merits of certain cases and the assignment of additional tasks/projects.

Criminal Defense Law Firm

Criminal Defense Law Firm

This firm provides interns with firsthand, courtroom experience in Washington, D.C. and neighboring Maryland. For those who qualify, this law internship offers a glimpse into the American criminal justice system, and unmatched mentoring and connections. Sample tasks include: preparing courtroom exhibits, writing reports regarding investigative activities, assisting with case development, conducting legal research, possibly using either Westlaw or LexisNexis, and taking witness statements for extensive criminal background checks. This is an internship well suited to law students who have a focus in criminal law.

Legal Internship With Full-Service Boutique Firm

Legal Internship With Full-Service Boutique Firm

This full service boutique law firm based in Sydney’s Central Business District specializes in a range of legal areas. Primary responsibilities of legal interns are to support lawyers in a wide variety of paralegal and administrative tasks while being exposed to an alternate legal system.


Housing and Language

Where you’ll live

Depending on your internship location, you can expect to stay in a shared room in an apartment, college dorm, or student residence. A local program advisor and coordinator will be available to help you settle in and answer any questions during your program. Your accommodations will likely be within walking distance of city public transportation.

During your stay, you’ll be within the same network as the students and/or interns you’re living with. It is often through these individuals that you can learn the most, as you explore the highlights of the city together, share career-building advice, and venture out on your own to your internship posts.

Your language learning

Most locations are very English-friendly, and do not require prior knowledge of the local language. Depending on your placement, you may have the opportunity to integrate further into the community by attending language lessons.

* If your internship takes place in Paris, you’ll have the chance to experience full cultural immersion by living with a local host family. (French language skills are required for an internship in this location, and you should expect to be evaluated beforehand via Skype interview.)

Career Counseling Benefits

Preparing for your future

Before you depart, you’ll be introduced to your internship advisor for one-on-one support and career guidance. Your advisor will help you prepare for your internship interview, build an effective cover letter and resume, and choose the right placement. Working with your advisor, you’ll take the Clifton Strengths Finder Assessment to identify your top five strengths. These strengths will be useful in determining future opportunities and helping to focus your interests into clear career goals well beyond the scope of the program.

Once you and your advisor have selected your internship, you’ll have access to a pre-departure orientation video series to help you get ready for the transformational experience of working and living abroad. You’ll also have career skills training videos and articles at your fingertips to help you build your resume in advance. We want you to succeed and thrive abroad, and will provide countless resources to ensure you have what you need to do so.

When you arrive at your destination, you’ll attend a welcome orientation to help you settle in and start your experience with your best foot forward. Midway through your program, you’ll check in with local advisors at a career coaching session. During this visit, onsite staff will interview you and your employer to identify your strengths and areas where you could improve. We find this feedback-loop to not only be essential for success, but often lacking in environments where you’re on your own. Before the conclusion of your internship, you’ll attend a program debriefing and re-entry career and culture training. When you return home, you’ll join a network of alumni across the world who have used the skills they gained to advance their lives and careers!

AFSNext seal of approval

This program is implemented by a trusted organization within the AFSNext partnership community and has our full endorsement. While not managed or operated by AFS, it maintains the same exceptional quality standards, which are set by a network of experienced international non-profits operating within the international education field.