Is Law in China the right internship for me?
This law internship in China is perfect for students interested in learning about legal practices in a rapidly developing country like China. If you want to gain work experience, see a law firm in motion and you need an edge to your CV, then this internship is for you!
We have various placements that focus on different areas. You can choose to focus on areas like:
- Contract law
- International law
- Commercial law
- Corporate law
- Intellectual property
- Labour law
- Real estate law
- Family law
- Mergers and acquisitions
To join this project, you need to have studied law for at least one year. You will also need to bring your own laptop, formal clothing for work, and a go-getter attitude!
Our legal internships in China run throughout the year, and you can join at any time from a minimum of four weeks. To get the most out of the experience, we recommend staying as long as possible.
What will I do as a Law Intern in China?
As a Law intern in China, you will be working alongside lawyers in a professional setting. You’ll be expected to act and dress in a professional manner. This shows respect to the firm, staff and clients you may come into contact with.
You can expect to work on some of the following tasks:
- Shadow Chinese lawyers as they work with clients
- Prepare presentations on the law environment in your own country
- Prepare for court and attend court cases
Your work will focus on these areas:
Shadow Chinese lawyers as they work with clients
You will gain invaluable work experience in a Chinese law firm by observing and shadowing a lawyer. You may be asked to attend meetings or contract disputes for example, which gives you a deeper insight into how law is practised in China. Work hard and show initiative from the outset, as this will show that you are serious about your internship. By doing this, you’re more likely to be given more opportunities and be invited to meetings.
The kind of legal work you observe will depend on your placement. You need to let us know which areas you’re interested in. This could be anything from contract law to intellectual property.
Prepare presentations on the law environment in your own country
By fully immersing yourself in the Chinese law system, you will see comparisons and differences between your home country and China. Use these observations in presentations to the law firm staff. This can be the springboard needed to tackle interesting discussions between you and the staff.
We encourage you to take part in these presentations, as they will demonstrate interest and dedication to your colleagues.
Prepare for court and attend court cases
Depending on your initiative and dedication to your work, supervisors may ask you to accompany them to court. Before doing this, you’ll be asked to help them prepare the day before. Help research, write or proofread documents that are needed for court. You will be assisted by your supervisor if you have any questions.
Where you will be working as a Law intern in China
Shanghai is the largest and most developed city in China. It is home to over 25 million people. Day and night, there are things for you to do in the city.
You will work at your law firm during the day, and weekends or free time are yours to explore. You will live in a shared apartment with interns and volunteers from around the world.
A typical day as a Law intern in China
Each day, you’ll start with breakfast in the apartment you share with other volunteers. You’ll need to dress formally for work, and get there using public transport. On your first day, our staff will travel with you to show you the way.
As a Law intern in China, your typical working hours will be 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. This may vary depending on your placement and its requirements.
At your placement, you may be asked to proofread documents, work on cases which are going to court the next day, attend meetings or shadow lawyers.
During lunch, we encourage you to sit with the lawyers and office staff when invited to do so. To maximise your experience, try and get to know the staff, who will also give you tips on how to best enjoy your time in China.
There may be days at your placement when you’re asked to accompany a lawyer to court. Make full use of this experience. Take notes, ask questions, and learn as much as you can.
Free time and weekends are yours. Meet up with volunteers to explore the nightlife in Shanghai, or plan a weekend trip to walk the Great Wall. Tap into China’s rich culture and go see the Terracotta Army or make a stop in the Forbidden City. Whatever you do, make the most of your time in China.
What are the aims and impacts of Law in China?
The aim of this law internship in China is to give you a chance to gain practical work experience in a dynamic law firm abroad. You will also expand your academic knowledge and gain insight into the Chinese legal system.
In China, lawyers give legal advice rather than actually fighting cases. This is one of the biggest differences between it and legal practices in most Western countries. Depending on your placement, you can learn about contract law, international law, commercial law and more.
This experience will give your CV an edge, making you stand out during university or job applications. We encourage you to ask questions and learn as much as possible about how law is practiced in China.
There is much to be learnt, seen and done on a law internship in China. Join us this year and kickstart your legal career!
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Leisure activities and free time
China is a vast country so it’s no surprise that it offers a wide variety of different tourist activities. While you’re volunteering, there will be plenty for you to do in the evenings and over the weekends.
What’s extraordinary about China is the contrasts of ancient and modern, rural and urban. You’ll find gleaming skyscrapers, like the Oriental Pearl Tower, only a short distance from the tranquil Yuyuan Garden.
There’s plenty to explore in the city, but it’s also worth taking a trip to the countryside. There you can trek along the breathtaking silk route or visit a Buddhist monastery.
A trip to China wouldn’t be complete without touring the country’s many natural wonders and World Heritage Sites. This includes the Great Wall of China, the Yangtze River, and the Terracotta Army.
With plenty of other volunteers in China, you’ll have the opportunity to travel with others and explore as a group. Or, if you prefer, you’re welcome to do your sightseeing independently.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
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