GAIN WORK EXPERIENCE

By learning in practice outside the classroom

“During my two weeks of Traineeship, I acquired more knowledge than I would have in two months of studying. Working next to professional lawyers really gave me an insight of what is expecting me in my further career and encouraged me to proceed properly.”

Michelle, STEP Trainee at Interlegal law firm in Odesa, Ukraine

By seeing the legal profession in action

“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.” 

Maija, STEP Trainee at the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France

And discover your true passion

“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.”

Farouk, STEP Trainee at Legal Advice Centre (University House) in London, the United Kingdom

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“The Legal Advice Centre helps other people with their legal issues and I remembered why I am studying law: I want to help other people too”

Aleyna, STEP Trainee at Legal Advice Centre (University House) in London, the United Kingdom

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“The STEP programme gave me the opportunity to explore different paths for my future career, gifting me with enough knowledge and experience to drive my future choice in a wiser and more conscious way.”

Marianna, STEP Trainee at IT Law Programme of the University of Tartu in Tartu, Estonia

DEVELOP YOURSELF

Whether you are at the beginning of your legal career

“My first experience with the legal profession was very important and helped me decide the area of law I would be interested in pursuing.”

Maria, STEP Trainee at Foreclosure Office Bej Astelean Florin Sergiu in Targu Mures, Romania

Or you already have work experience

“My STEP Traineeship offset my previous job in New Jersey. I met very interesting people who confirmed my interest in academic research. Professionally, I had the opportunity to talk to academics from across the world and co-write an article with one of the resident lecturers."

Sebastien, STEP Trainee at the University of Eastern Finland in Joensuu, Finland

RECEPTION

You are welcomed by ELSA as a STEP Trainee

“My Hosting ELSA Group made sure that I saw the most important sights of the beautiful city of Craiova.”

Rebekka, STEP Trainee at Manolache Dragos-Costing Cabinet individual de avocat law firm in Craiova, Romania

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“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.”

Morgan, STEP Trainee at National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in Athens, Greece

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“It was beneficial to go abroad via ELSA: The local ELSA had 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."

Emmi, STEP Trainee at Bezirkshauptmannschaft Schwaz in Schwaz, Austria

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“The local ELSA hosting group made me feel so comfortable and it was like I was a member of it too.”

Maria, Foreclosure Office Bej Astelean Florin Sergiu in Targu Mures, Romania

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“A first job is never easy, and even less in another country. But the ELSA member helped me with everything that I needed before and during my stay.”

Claudia, STEP Trainee at Stibo Systems A/S in Aarhus, Denmark

And appreciated by the Traineeship Provider

“The welcome by the firm was more than anything I could have asked for. Although it was a fairly big law firm 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.”

Louis, STEP Trainee at KINCAID Vianna Mendes Advogados law firm in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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“The mentor was very patient, attentive and pedagogic, and walked me through the different aspects of the publishing work.”

Julien, STEP Trainee at Wolf Legal Publishers in Tilburg, the Netherlands

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“It was my first job-experience abroad and at the beginning, I was a bit anxious, but after a few days, every lawyer in the office has helped me whenever I needed. They were also great friends in confront of me, especially during the lunch or during the dinner organised in our free-time.”

Edoardo, STEP Trainee at GLXLTM law firm in Guimaraes, Portugal

CULTURAL EXCHANGE

Explore new cultures and traditions

“My internship of three weeks gave me a lot of interesting insights, both regarding working at a corporate law firm but also into Ukraine as a country and the working environment here. I got to share my own country's culture and traditions with the firm whilst simultaneously learning a lot about Ukrainian culture, law and legal history.”

Astrid, STEP Trainee at Eterna Law in Kyiv, Ukraine

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“I got to learn a lot about the Romanian legal system by talking to legal professionals and observing and reading court decisions.”

Rebekka, STEP Trainee at Manolache Dragos-Costing Cabinet individual de avocat law firm in Craiova, Romania

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“STEP gave me the opportunity to work in a different legal system and learn from my European counterparts.”

Maria, STEP Trainee at the Greek Centre for the Study of Crime in Athens, Greece

Develop your language skills

“The STEP Traineeship gave me the possibility to improve my language skills in practice in and outside of law firm.”

Annika, STEP Trainee at Avv. Paolo Giustozzi in Macerata, Italy

Make friends for life

“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.”

Lucia, STEP Trainee at the Human Rights Laboratory of the Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius, Lithuania

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“I did not only gained knowledge on both about a dıfferent jurisdiction and international law but also built a lot of friendships from a totally different country. Living and working abroad at the same time while still studying your bachelor's degree is a thing that only ELSA can provide you with this professionally.”

Tayfun, STEP Trainee at KG Legal in Krakow, Poland

STEP OUTSIDE OF EUROPE?

“Rio de Janeiro was quite different from anything I was used to, I quickly learned to adapt and make the most of the home of Cariocas during my six weeks stay.”

Louis, STEP Trainee at KINCAID Vianna Mendes Advogados law firm in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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“My colleagues always told interesting stories about Israel, traditions and history. Jerusalem is a quite unusual place to live in but at the same time you have a lot of opportunities to hang out and spend time in beautiful parks.”

Daria, STEP Trainee at Jerusalem Institute of Justice in Jerusalem, Israel

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“I had the opportunity to understand the legal framework of an Arab country, realise how an international law firm truly works and improve my language skills both in English and French. Aïchek Tunis!”

Jacopo, STEP Trainee at Kammoun & Kallel in Tunis, Tunisia

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“I enjoyed my stay very much in Ecuador. I got to know the local culture and people much better than as a tourist. Additionally, I learned a lot about the legal system with all its strengths and weaknesses. In just four weeks, I fell in love with this beautiful, extremely diverse country and I am already looking forward to coming back!”

Ole, STEP Trainee at Puente & Asociados in Ecuador, Quito

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“India is a never-ending discovery. The cultural shock is strong at the beginning but once you adapt you realize this country has so much to offer. There is always something to do, to see or to visit. Altogether, it was probably one of the best experiences I’ve ever had, and I strongly recommend it to anyone who isn’t scared of going out of their comfort zone!”

Julie, STEP Trainee at Daksh Associates in New Delhi, India

SO, SHOULD YOU GO FOR IT?

 “Sometimes just one STEP can change many things in your life. So wait twice per year and apply for STEP!”

Nutsa, STEP Trainee at Studia Iuris in Fermo, Italy

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“I would strongly recommend going on an adventure to experience another country's legal system but above all its culture and people!”

Astrid, STEP Trainee at Eterna Law in Kyiv, Ukraine

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“All in all, it was an unbelievable experience, even better than I thought it was going to be. I hope future STEP Trainees can also enjoy it!”

Louis, STEP Trainee at KINCAID Vianna Mendes Advogados law firm in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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“More law students should definitely apply for traineeships in Eastern Europe!”

Rebekka, STEP Trainee at Manolache Dragos-Costing Cabinet individual de avocat law firm in Craiova, Romania

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

Lucia, STEP Trainee at the Human Rights Laboratory of the Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius, Lithuania

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“It is an experience I strongly recommend to anyone ready to open their minds and expand their views.”

Charlotte, STEP Trainee at Jerusalem Institute of Justice in Jerusalem, Israel

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“I would encourage every law student to take this experience, broaden their horizons and discover the world.”

Christos, STEP Trainee at Law Office Triandafirescu Bogdan Christian in Constanta, Romania

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“I will never regret my choice to spend my summer exploring a beautiful country and gaining working experience as well. I consider STEP as one of the greatest opportunities in my life.”

Martha, STEP Trainee at Kancelaria Prawna Majewski, Szczecin, Poland

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“I learned a lot during these three months, both personally and professionally. I highly recommend seizing the chance and applying for a traineeship!”

Julia, STEP Trainee at GSK Luxembourg in Luxembourg, Luxembourg 

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“STEP Traineeships are a great opportunity to learn about a new culture, meet nice people and have a wonderful experience while learning about a foreign law system.”

Lioba, Ferrere Abogados law firm in Asuncion, Paraguay

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“Participating in STEP was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I would recommend everyone to use this opportunity!” 

Aleyna, STEP Trainee at Legal Advice Centre (University House) in London, the United Kingdom

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“I recommend this to everyone. It changed the way I see things about myself and my needs from a working environment.”

Athena, STEP Trainee at Bezikschauptmannschaft Schwaz in Schwaz, Austria

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“The STEP Traineeship is a unique experience! You get to work in a new country, learn new skills and meet new people.”

Essi, STEP Trainee at the University of Göttingen in Göttingen, Germany

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“Not only did I get challenging, super interesting work and super friendly colleagues, I was also able to see many places and made friends for a lifetime. I could evolve myself in various ways and would recommend it to everyone.”

Carla, STEP Trainee at Z/C/H Legal in Prague, Czech Republic

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“I am very happy I took part in STEP. By far it was the best experience I have had.”

Daniella, STEP Trainee at KG Legal in Krakow, Poland

 THE NEXT APPLICATION PERIOD IS OPEN BETWEEN 20 November AND 11 December 2020.