ELSA TRAINEESHIPS

During the 2021 application periods for ELSA Traineeships, ELSA offers both "normal" on-site Traineeship vacancies, which require physical presence throughout the Traineeship period, and online Traineeship vacancies, which are done remotely from the Trainee's home office.

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ON-SITE

On-site Traineeships require the Trainee's physical presence throughout the Traineeship period. This may require the Trainee to relocate and travel internationally. Due to COVID-19, the successful execution of on-site Traineeships depends on external variables and developments allowing international travel and normal human interaction.

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Consequently, many of the on-site Traineeships offered in spring 2021 have flexible dates, i.e. offer-holders may negotiate directly with the respective Traineeship Provider when it is suitable and possible to start in the applicable circumstances.

ELSA does not promote or encourage defying restrictions on international travel and social distancing.

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ONLINE

Online Traineeships are like "normal" on-site Traineeships but they can be done remotely from a location of the Trainee's choice, e.g. the Trainee's home couch. Like on-site Traineeships, online Traineeships are supervised and the Trainee receives mentoring and feedback from the Traineeship Provider throughout the Traineeship period.

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During the 2021 application periods, both fully online and flexible Traineeships are available. In the case of the latter, the question of whether the Traineeship at issue will be conducted as an on-site or online vacancy is subject to negotiation between the Trainee candidate and the Traineeship Provider directly.

WHO CAN APPLY?

Law students

ELSA Traineeships are open for students, graduates and young lawyers who study or have studied law in university.

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ELSA members

ELSA Traineeships are available for everyone who is a member of an ELSA Group (local or national). The membership is regulated by each local/national Group of ELSA.

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If you are based in one of the 44 National Groups of ELSA, contact them directly about ELSA membership.

External Applicants

Cannot find your country in the above map of National Groups of ELSA? In case there is no ELSA Group in your country, you might be able to still apply for ELSA Traineeships as an External Applicant.

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You need to pay the External Application Fee of €25 via PayPal.

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Write step.trainees@elsa.org for more information.

COVID-19

Can I apply despite the coronavirus?

During the 2021 application periods for ELSA Traineeships, ELSA offers both "normal" on-site Traineeship vacancies, which require physical presence throughout the Traineeship period, and online Traineeship vacancies, which are done remotely from the Trainee's home office.

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The start dates of on-site Traineeships are often negotiable directly between the Trainee candidates and the Traineeship Providers.

This way, the start of the on-site Traineeships requiring physical attendance in the given location can be adjusted to the prevailing circumstances rather flexibly.

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Additionally, certain on-site Traineeships are offered flexibly online.

This means that the final decision whether a Traineeship is conducted on-site or online is negotiated directly between the Trainee candidates and the Traineeship Providers.

This way, the execution method of the Traineeship can be adjusted to the prevailing circumstances rather flexibly.

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ELSA does not promote or encourage defying restrictions on international travel and social distancing.

APPLICATION FORM

Where?

The Application Form is available on the ELSA Traineeships Homepage when the application period is open. The application period is open twice a year in the spring and the autumn, respectively.

Applicant information

You need to indicate in the Application Form:

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• Up to three ELSA Traineeships of your choice;

• Your language skills as required by the chosen Traineeship(s);

• Your legal skills as required by the chosen Traineeship(s);

• Your academic background, i.e. degree(s) and educational institution(s).

Attachments

You need to include a motivation letter of 5,000 characters for each chosen ELSA Traineeship.

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You need to attach your CV (in PDF form) to the Application Form.

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You may be required to attach additional documents only if required by the Traineeship Provider explicitly.

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For the best tips and tricks on how to ace the application, check the Application Tips section for a checklist provided by Enhancv.

VERIFICATION

After you have submitted your Application Form, the information you have provided in the Form will be verified. Thus, you will be contacted by ELSA via email with a request to provide evidence in support of the skills and experience you have claimed to possess in the Application Form.

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If you are an ELSA member, the respective local/national Group of your membership will contact you.

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If you are an External Applicant, the Trainees Team of ELSA International will contact you.

APPROVAL

Only if your Application Form is verified by ELSA on time, it will be approved.

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Only approved Application Forms are forwarded to the Traineeship Providers. 

SELECTION

The Traineeship Providers make the final decision on the basis of the Application Form regarding who either (a) receive the ELSA Traineeship offer or (b) go to the waiting list.

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ELSA International communicates to you directly via email the outcome of your application the latest by 17th January 2022.

OFFER

If a Traineeship Provider makes you an offer for a Traineeship, you will have approximately one week to confirm your acceptance. During that time you may discuss directly with the Traineeship Provider and the respective ELSA Group that is hosting you the relevant details regarding the vacancy.

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You may also reject an offer by writing an email to ELSA.

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The failure to accept an offer within the deadline for acceptance is considered equivalent to rejection. 

PREPARATION

Once you have accepted the offer for a Traineeship, you may start the preparations necessary.

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The ELSA Group hosting you will help you during the preparations stage by providing you with information and assistance.

 WORK

The nature of your Traineeship is outlined in the vacancy publication on the ELSA Traineeships website during the application period.

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The specifics regarding the terms and conditions are negotiated between you and the Traineeship Provider after you receive the offer for a Traineeship.

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For reference, read previous Trainees' experiences.

ELSA TRAINEESHIPS CERTIFICATE

After completing your Traineeship, you may evaluate your experience by filling in a simple online form provided by ELSA International.

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After your evaluation submission, you will receive a Certificate from ELSA International. The ELSA Traineeships Certificate explains what is ELSA Traineeships and attests that you successfully took part in a Traineeship at a given Traineeship Provider over a given time period.