Travel to Asia and join a law internship in China, designed to place you in busy and exciting law firms in Shanghai or Chengdu.
You will boost your CV, learn about laws in China, see comparisons and differences to your home country and meet people from different countries spanning the globe. Your tasks will be varied and can include proofreading documents, helping with court cases, and reviewing letters and business proposals. You’ll also have the opportunity to shadow lawyers during meetings with clients.
You will live in a shared apartment with volunteers in either Chengdu or Shanghai, depending on where your placement is located. Spend your free time exploring the iconic cities and historic temples and make your law work experience in China unforgettable!
Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price
We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 1 212 244 7234 for more info.
When you apply you only pay $295, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 1 212 244 7234 to see if we can offer a discount.
Completely flexible dates
Anyone aged over 16 can join
You should have completed at least one year of law studies.
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
A supervisor/mentor at your work placement
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalized fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalized MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
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
Depending on your law placement in China, you’ll have the chance to work in vibrant Shanghai or the more traditional Chengdu. Both cities have a number of law placements for you to work in.
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.
Chengdu was voted as one of the top Chinese cities to live in, and you’ll find that life here is much more relaxed compared to Shanghai. There is a balance between modern and traditional in Chengdu. You can explore this in your free time.
You will work in a law firm from Monday to Friday, and 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 Chengdu and 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.
Towards the end of my internship, I had more clarity about the direction I wished to take with my career.
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