The Dean Acheson Legal
Stage Program at the
Court of Justice of the European Union (European Court of Justice), organized through the U.S. Embassy in Luxembourg, offers
stage (traineeship/internship) opportunities at the Court of Justice and the General Court to a limited number of students from select U.S. law schools. Students are nominated to the Court by their law schools, and the Court makes the final selection decision. Michigan Law students and recent graduates are eligible to apply for these stage opportunities, which last no more than three months and enable them to work in the chambers of a judge or advocate general of the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. The work environment is collegial, as clerks of all chambers spend a good deal of time together within and outside the Court of Justice. Seven Michigan Law graduates have been selected as
stagiaires at the European Court of Justice since 2006. The most recent stagiaire's report of her experience at the Court may be found
here. *Applicants who would like to be considered for a
Bates Fellowship to financially support their internship should include a budget detailing their needs. A full Bates proposal will not be required.
The purpose of the Dean Acheson Legal
Stage Program is to promote mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and the European Union in the context of the legal profession. It is, therefore, open to American citizens and legal permanent residents only. Priority will be given to applicants who have completed three years of law school and who have a strong knowledge of Community Law. As noted above, some knowledge of French is required, varying with the type of
stage. Knowledge of an E.U. language other than French and English is an advantage, and generally necessary for a
stage with an Advocate General.
Michigan applicants must submit their completed applications to the Law School's Center for International and Comparative Law
no later than Sunday, March 14, 2021. Compliance with the deadline is essential. It is the applicant's responsibility to make sure that his or her application (including letters of reference and transcript) is complete by the deadline.
Please submit your application electronically to Elizabeth Snook at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Please advise your two references that they may also submit their letters of reference by email to email@example.com. A committee of Michigan Law faculty will decide which applications to nominate to the Court.The application packet must include:1) Completed application form. (You must physically sign the form to be accepted at the court, i.e. do not type your name or an x)2) Official copies of your Law School (including current term courses) and undergraduate transcripts. Please request that electronic copies of each be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org) Two letters of reference (We strongly encourage that at least one letter of reference be from a Michigan Law faculty member and one from an individual with experience in European Community Law. The latter could, of course, be a law professor.)5) Resume6) Description of your proficiency, background and experience in one or more foreign languages
7) [OPTIONAL] Applicants who would like to be considered for a Bates Fellowship to financially support their internship should include a budget page detailing their needs.Please direct questions to Theresa Kaiser-Jarvis, Assistant Dean for International Affairs, at email@example.com.
NOTE: The European Court of Justice will notify the Luxembourg Embassy and the applicants of their selection by the end of July.
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