KINCAID Vianna Mendes Advogados law firm
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

My STEP Traineeship at KINCAID Vianna Mendes Advogados was a fantastic experience from start to finish. Rio de Janeiro is an amazing city in Brazil, and even though it's quite different to anything I was used to, I quickly learned to adapt and make the most of the home of Cariocas during my six weeks stay.

The welcome by the firm was more than anything I could have asked for. I was shown around and met everyone in the office. Although KINCAID is a fairly big law firm in the business end of Rio with many lawyers, I quickly became friends with many people working there. This allowed me to have locals with who I could spend time outside of work hours.

I spent one week in every department (litigation, tax, corporate, labour) and returned to the litigation department for my last week, as I found it to be the most interesting one. Notable work includes court sessions with the partners, many cases to dive into and read about, conferences, research... All in all, it was an unbelievable experience, even better than I thought it was going to be. And it's one that I hope future STEP Trainees can also take part in!

Louis Atyeo

6 weeks, July-August 2019

 

Council of Europe, Parliamentary Assembly: Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights
Strasbourg, France

My traineeship at the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe was very interesting and something I had always wanted to do. It was very nice to learn how the Council works, what it does for human rights, democracy and the rule of law.

One of the best things was attending the Parliamentary Assembly session: hearing all the meetings and discussions of the parliamentarians and the committee members on different important subjects. During my traineeship, I participated in interesting conferences and some of the events organized by the Finnish presidency. There was also the possibility to do sports and attend cultural events at the Council.

My work as a trainee consisted of legal research and text drafting for various reports both in French and English. I got to familiarize myself with different legal cultures and systems and I learned a lot of new things. I got to improve my professional working skills in French and English and work in a multicultural environment.

It was nice to share offices with fellow trainees and to be able to exchange ideas with them. I could always ask for help from my supervisor and the team members appreciated my efforts.

Strasbourg as a city is very nice and cosy, you can easily get everywhere, it's not too big, but there are enough things to do and there's always other trainees to hang out with.

Two months went by fast and I could have stayed longer, but I am grateful for my experience. I learned a lot about the Council, gained new skills and definitely got some ideas of what I want to do in the future.

I recommend a traineeship at the Council for everyone interested in and willing to work for human rights, the rule of law and democracy!

Maija Hirvi

2 months, Mar-May 2019



 

Manolache Dragoș-Costin – Cabinet individual de avocat law firm
Craiova, Romania

I had a very interesting and educational stay in Craiova. I got to learn a lot about the Romanian legal system through talking to legal professionals and observing and reading court decisions.

The city of Craiova is beautiful and the VP STEP of the Hosting ELSA Group made sure that I saw the most important sights of the city.

This experience took me far out of my comfort zone and I will always be grateful for having been given this opportunity. I would recommend this traineeship to every student seeking a new experience and the chance to meet new people from a completely different culture. More law students should definitely apply for traineeships in Eastern Europe!

Rebekka Solheim

2 weeks, March 2019

Mykolas Romeris University, the Human Rights Laboratory at the Faculty of Law 
Vilnius, Lithuania

STEP has been a wonderful experience for me. I would suggest it to all the students or graduates!

During my traineeship, I met a lot of kind and friendly people. I spent one month in Vilnius which is an amazing city and I met people from all over the world. I had a lot of fun and I explored Lithuania, such an awesome country.

The office where I worked was hospitable, my job was interesting, and my tutor and my colleagues always made me feel home. STEP has definitely been a beautiful life-lasting experience for me.


Lucia Rosaria Muro

1 month, Mar-Apr 2019



 

Jerusalem Institute of Justice 
Jerusalem, Israel

STEP provided an intense journey which possibly left me with more questions than answers, but in a good way! This internship gave me so many interesting points of view on people and politics. It is an experience I strongly recommend to anyone ready to open their minds and expand their views.


Charlotte van der Gucht

3 months, Feb-May 2019

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, the Law Department 
Athens, Greece

I was very warmly welcomed by the team of ELSA Athens. With their team, they gave me a lot of information about accommodation, transport, and more generally the life in Athens. We had exchanged so much before my arrival in Greece that I felt like I had met the locals already when I finally arrived.

This traineeship was for me an opportunity to immerse myself in Greek culture and to meet new people during the countless parties and events in which I attended. It’s a professional and personal experience that I'll never forget!

Morgan Boitard

4 months, Nov 2018 - Feb 2019

 



 

Wolf Legal Publishers 
Tilburg, the Netherlands

Participating in STEP has been a very good and enlightening experience for me. The company has a small structure, which helped in order to work as a team. The mentor was very patient, attentive and pedagogic, and walked me through the different aspects of the publishing work.

I highly recommend this traineeship which helped me gain many skills, from contacting partners to conducting legal research in various fields of law.

Julien Defurne

4 months, Sep-Dec 2018

Legal Advice Centre (University House) 
London, the United Kingdom

My internship in London has given me the opportunity to see so much more about the aspects of law than I am able to learn in the classroom. I have developed many skills and have a much greater concept of what to expect after college. My internship has also given me the opportunity to apply what I have learned in the classroom to real-life situations.

One of the greatest benefits that I have received is the knowledge that I actually enjoy doing what it is I have been studying for.

Farouk Rana

1 month, Aug-Sep 2018



 

The University of Turku 
Turku, Finland

I spent three wonderful months in Turku, working at the university. Many thanks to ELSA Turku and the University of Turku for the opportunity. It was a really great time for me and an amazing experience!

I found new friends in Finland and also established business ties, which are necessary for my future career.

Vasily Ovchinnikov

3 months, Mar-Jun 2018

Bezirkshauptmannschaft Schwaz 
Schwaz, Austria

"Nächster Halt: Schwaz.” I wake up from my daydreaming to a sharp, German-speaking female voice and take my gaze away from the scenery outside the train. Although the voice has become familiar to me during the last four weeks when travelling between my new summer home and workplace I can never get enough of the landscape flashing by the window: blue mountains glimmering in the morning dawn, frisky swallows playing in the air, traditional Tyrolian houses that looked like the witch’s hut in the children book Hansel and Gretel.

Once again I remember how lucky I am to be selected for a traineeship in Tyrol, Austria. Before I started studying I spent most of my gap years abroad. My only fear with studying law was that it might be hard to travel as law is quite specific to each country. However, after studying law for just two years in Finland, I found myself participating in STEP and working in Schwaz district commission in Austria.

It was also beneficial to go abroad via ELSA: the local representative for the STEP programme has been in contact with me since I was selected. It made me feel comfortable to know someone was waiting for me in Austria. She also introduced me to my employer on the first day and would have organised the accommodation for me too. Luckily I had a good friend in Tyrol whose parents hosted me for a month.

All in all, it was a great choice to participate in the traineeship programme via ELSA because I know whatever happens, I am not alone.

And how do I spend my free time? I enjoy the mountains, of course. Hiking, climbing, paragliding… “Emmi, the world is so beautiful,” a father of a good friend of mine tended to say. “You’ve better go and explore it!” And that’s exactly what I am doing now.

Emmi Simonen

1 month, 2016



Kyjovský, Blažek a kolegové 
Brno, Czech Republic

I am really happy I got selected for the traineeship in Brno, Czech Republic. Not only was it the first time visiting this beautiful city, but also I feel like I learned a lot and got the feel how a foreign law office operates.

I am of the opinion that you really get to know yourself when travelling alone. Living abroad is not just fun and games, you have to overcome many challenges along the way, face your fears and not to be afraid of failure. In the end, you come out stronger than ever. It really is a lesson for life.

That is why I am grateful for this one-of-a-kind experience and would like to thank ELSA Brno again for being part of this journey, making it even more special and unforgettable.

Dominika Novina

1 month, 2016

Magistrat Graz 
Graz, Austria

As a former ELSA STEP Trainee, I cannot stress out enough the confidence that this experience offered me. Not only am I now capable to say that I can survive in any foreign working place, but I can guarantee that I will be further pursuing such workplaces.

ELSA demonstrated once again the professionalism that is attributed to them and made me feel welcome and sure about my choice. As far as the skills I gained from this traineeship, I treasure specifically the social skills that came by while working in a foreign language office and having to communicate daily with people from a different culture on their own language.

In addition to this, I experienced living in a beautiful city for one month and learnt how to transition fast and effectively. All of this could not have happened without the guidance of ELSA Austria and ELSA Graz representatives to whom I feel grateful about it.


Evangelia Nissioti

1 month, 2016

 


PHH RECHTSANWAELTE GMBH 
Vienna, Austria

Nothing broadens our minds more than travelling and meeting other people. There is nothing better when travelling can be combined with a working experience. STEP gives us young lawyers both possibilities at one time! A great chance and a life lasting experience.

Patryk Kulig

1 month, 2016

Popov & Partners Law Office 
Sofia, Bulgaria

My one-month traineeship in Popov & Partners Law Office in Sofia was a great experience, as it taught me many things. Most of all, my STEP experience gave me the chance to take a big 'STEP' forward and work with professionals, adapt in new working environments and obtain new qualities such as discipline, programming, quick decision-making, and many more.


Apostolia Daskalou

1 month, 2016

 


Arendts Anwälte 
Munich, Germany

My STEP experience turned out to be extraordinary and it could be summed as professionalism from both my STEP employer and ELSA; a friendly atmosphere; practical implementation of my LL.M.; and new contacts.

Arendts Anwälte is one of the most professional offices I have ever seen, always with a friendly and engaging work environment. I was not only a trainee but I was integrated fully into their work community.

On the other hand, ELSA Munich was really taking care of me throughout the whole month, trying to make me feel at home. I can only recommend STEP, since STEP enhances your professional and interpersonal skills, your future career prospects, and your international contacts!

Stefania-Despoina Efstathiou

1 month, September 2016 

K&P Legal Law Firm 
Izmir, Turkey

STEP gave me the opportunity to visit a new country, meet so many interesting people, learn about their culture, and even try to speak a new language!

K&P Legal Law Firm lawyers offered me their knowledge on business and international law and even showed me many aspects of the Turkish law. It was a unique experience filled with unique people that I will never forget! Thank you ELSA and K&P Legal Law Firm!


Domniki Papadopoulou

2 months, 2016

 


SCPA Campan & Timone 
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

The traineeship in Cluj-Napoca has been one of the most interesting in my life. In these two weeks, I had the opportunity to work with professionals in law sphere, to get acquainted with the Romanian Court system and to learn the main differences between the Romanian and the Ukrainian legal systems.

I met many people from ELSA Romania who were simply great with me, showing me around, spending a lot of time with me, and explaining me the main historical and current issues of the country. I really recommend this experience in the heart of Transylvania!

Tetiana Kotyk

2 weeks, 2016