Law Internships in Mongolia
- Placement location: Ulaanbaatar
- Role: To assist in many aspects of work at a Mongolian law firm
- Types of Placement: Law firm
- Requirements: Interns need to have completed at least 1 year of a Law degree
- Accommodation: Host family
- Length of placement: From 4 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
For students and graduates with a strong interest in law, a Law internship in Mongolia with Projects Abroad is a unique opportunity to gain experience of law practices in a developing country, Based in the intriguing city of Ulaanbaatar, geographically the most remote capital in the world, interns live and work in close proximity to the city center.
To take part in a Law internship in Mongolia, you need to have completed at least one year of law studies. This internship is ideal for students pursuing a law degree, or graduates who have completed their studies and are interested in gaining practical work experience in a law firm abroad. An international law internship will be a worthwhile addition to your resume, and will help you stand out from the crowd during interviews.
We work with a number of different organizations in the field of law, including legal and economic firms. These organizations operate in fields that are constantly developing, as Mongolia changes to keep up with the rest of the world. You could find yourself working with international trade institutions and investment banks, or conducting interviews and writing legal opinions.
In the past, Mongolia was run by a government whose policies were closely aligned to the Communist model. The legal framework in place was based on that of the former Soviet Union, but when that came to an end in 1990 so too did the old Mongolian system. A new democratic state and constitution was established two years later.
As one of the smaller world economies, and due to the vast area the country covers compared to its population, the Mongolian legal system was based on customary law, and was initially slow to develop. In recent years, however this increasingly outward-looking country is now bringing about considerable and fundamental change and you have a chance to be involved in this process.
Interning on a Law Placement in Mongolia with Projects Abroad
If you intern on our Law project in Mongolia you will work for a company that deals with a wide range of clients in both economic and legal fields, giving you a broad experience of this kind of work. You will be involved in many different aspects of the legal process: you may be interviewing people, writing legal opinions, researching cases, doing contract work, drafting documents for foreign cases, translating legal documents, or reviewing English documents. You will also have the opportunity to accompany attorneys to court hearings.
One of our largest partner organizations operates as a consultancy to a number of large companies, both domestic and international. You may therefore get the opportunity to work with both local and international clients. In addition to your other duties, it would be greatly appreciated if you could provide your colleagues with some assistance with law-related English, to improve their confidence in dealing with clients from abroad.
What was really cool was that because of the small legal community in Mongolia we got to meet and see a lot of people and things that, in Australia, even senior lawyers don’t get to do. The absolute highlight was a private meeting with Mongolia’s top Constitutional Court Judge who greeted us not in a suit and tie but instead in a T-Shirt and jeans, the relaxed atmosphere in Mongolia is one of the country’s most awesome features. Read more...
Interns on the Law project should expect to work from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, with the option of working longer hours if they choose. Our Law placement is fast-paced, and interns who seek their own work, ask questions and make an impact on their supervisors will have a more meaningful learning experience.
While you’re in Mongolia, you might also consider joining a 1 week Conservation & Environment Project. For more information, please visit our Nomad Project in Mongolia page. Our Combinations Page explains how you can combine not only projects, but also destinations.
Although it is not required for you to speak Mongolian to volunteer in Mongolia, learning a few basics is always helpful. You can also choose to do the Mongolian Language Course before or during your placement.