Legal Intern (m/f)

Location: Sarajevo, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA, during pandemic work from home

Application Deadline: August 18, 2020

Type of Contract: Paid Internship, Service Contract

Languages Required: English, BHS

Duration of Initial Contract: Three months with possibility of extension up to three more months

Background

The Student Law Practicum Program (SLP) in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) is a grant program designed to strengthen clinical-based education at law faculties in BiH. The program is funded by the United States (U.S.) Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). Program’s activities will be implemented under four key Objectives:

(1) improve the law practicum module at law faculties in BiH,

(2) implement the law practicum module in partner law faculties and strengthen institutional capacity to utilize practice-based teaching methodologies,

(3) engage legal professional associations in developing a policy framework to support and expand practice-based learning opportunities for law students, and

(4) continue to support outreach activities that explain the goals of SLP and generate interest in and support for practice-based learning, targeting law students, law faculties, justice sector practitioners and the wider public.

The Program has created effective collaboration between law faculties and the legal practitioner community in four BiH regional law schools, allowing for enhanced clinical education for law students. The participation of legal practitioners in SLP activities is creating an opportunity to promote civic engagement within the legal professional associations and secure legal practitioner community commitment to support and sustain practice-based educational programs for law students in the future. Building on this foundation, the Program offers possibilities to create pathways for additional practice-based learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom, such as internships at courts, prosecutors’ offices, and defense bar firms. Additionally, the Program is positioned to work with the legal professional associations to evaluate options for acknowledging and sustaining pro bono efforts of their members who lecture at law schools. In the extension period, the Program will work with the legal professional associations and develop a framework for law student practice-based learning and internships with support of the associations. The Intern will have the opportunity to meet and work with the aforementioned stakeholders, building valuable relationships that will be beneficial for his/her future education and professional development.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Legal Program Component Leader and Program Director, the Legal Intern will be provided an opportunity to learn about the criminal law system in BiH, legal practitioner community, practice-based learning and project management.

The Legal Intern is expected to perform the following tasks:

  • Collecting and processing data;
  • Writing summaries/minutes of meetings and events;
  • Writing draft project-related reports;
  • Supporting organization of trainings, workshops, meetings, and other project events;
  • Assisting with project communications and visibility activities (e.g. Program web site) for the SLP Program;
  • Other tasks as assigned by the Legal Program Component Leader or the Program Director.

Competencies

  • Have a keen interest in criminal procedure law and practice-based learning;
  • Ability to successfully interact with individuals of differing socio-economic, religious and cultural backgrounds both professionally and personally;
  • Ability and desire to work in a team;
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Strong legal research skills and ability to identify relevant information;
  • Strong analytical, reporting and writing abilities;
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines;
  • Ability to work under pressure and stressful situations;
  • Detail-oriented way of working;
  • Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback.

Required Skills and Experience

Academic requirements:

  • Have graduated with a university degree (minimum bachelor’s level) in law.

Skills:

  • Proficiency in English and BHS languages.
  • Computer literacy in standard office software applications.

Preference will be given to candidates who have successfully completed the SLP program at their respective Law Faculties. Preference will also be given to candidates to whom this is the first internship/employment opportunity after graduation.

Learnings

The intern will have the opportunity to:

  • Provide ideas and suggestions, thus directly contribute to the success of the Program;
  • Strengthen his/her effective (legal) writing;
  • Be part of organizing events and network with Program partners and stakeholders;
  • Receive Confirmation of Work Experience and experience toward passing professional legal exams.

How to Apply

The candidate should submit his/her CV and a motivation letter to ured@ncsc-bih.org by August 18th, 2020. Only successful candidates will be informed and invited for an interview via Skype.

Terms and conditions:

  • The internship programme entails a monthly salary;
  • All the expenses connected with the internship will be borne by the Program;
  • Interns are expected to work full time;
  • NCSC accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship;
  • Interns are not staff members and may not represent NCSC in any official capacity.

Expected start date:

  • Successful candidate is expected to start his/her internship by early September 2020.

More information about NCSC and the SLP Program available here: http://www.ncsc-bih.ba/slp-projekat/

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