We are painfully conscious (most of us having done it ourselves) that finding an internship or work experience period with a law practice is far from easy.For our part, and on average, we receive around 10 unsolicited applications for internships every week, in the main seeking a place in London.
However because the number of places offered each year is very limited indeed, we would strongly advise applying at least six months prior to the internship period you are envisaging.
Pointers aimed at helping you to get over the hurdle of the first and, we are afraid, somewhat draconian selection process would include taking on board the following
- We are not a ‘firm’ of UK or US lawyers.
- We are solely French advocates practising French law.
- The great majority of our clients are English-speaking and thus, whilst we provide advice in English, it will always relate to French law alone.
- For example, we will often be called upon to draft documents in a bilingual format such as purchase deeds, contracts of employment, distribution agreements and the like.
- We do not practice French criminal or family law.
As a consequence:
- Potential candidates must have achieved a high level of spoken/written English and French (B2, C1 minimum under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)
- Applications may be drafted in either French or English (if in English, using UK grammar and spelling please)
- Applications from “élève-avocats” (especially from the Lille area) are welcomed
In any event, we wish you «bonne chance» in finding an internship, whether it be with us or one of our confrères.