Young Lawyers International Program

  • June 13, 2018

Are you under 30, with a law degree and a burning desire to promote the rule of law in an international setting? Then the CBA’s Young Lawyer International Program may be right for you.

Since 2002, YLIP has placed more than 160 law graduates and lawyers in internships with organizations working in law reform, human rights and access to justice in countries across East and South Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. The program has been funded by Global Affairs Canada as part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy.

The program has two objectives: helping young lawyers and law grads develop skills and perspective in the fields of justice and development, and working with overseas organizations by providing internship candidates to help them in their important work.

This program will create 32 internships per year over four years. Each placement will include specialized training and then an overseas placement. We ask that candidates be able to commit about eight months, with a minimum of six of those months spent overseas. Placement areas for the next four years will include South Africa, Namibia and Madagascar in Southern Africa, Kenya, Guyana in the Caribbean, Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia, Vietnam and Myanmar, as well as Ukraine and Serbia.

The application deadline for the first wave was June 4. Candidates chosen from that process will be trained this summer and then deployed by the fall. We'll continue to accept applications for placements later this year, and for upcoming years.

Check out the website for information about eligibility requirements and how to apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.