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.
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.
Meet the team in China
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