Dean Acheson Legal Stage Program: European Court of Justice Clerkships
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 alumni 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 2013 stagiaire's report of her experience at the Court may be found here.AVAILABLE STAGE PERIODS AT THE EUROPEAN COURT of justice
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.APPLICATION PROCESS
Michigan applicants must submit their completed applications to the Law School's Center for International and Comparative Law no later than Monday, March 6, 2017. 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 or by fax to 734-763-9182. A committee of Michigan Law faculty will decide which applications to nominate to the Court.The application packet must include:1) Completed application form2) 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.)3) Official copies of your Law School and undergraduate transcripts4) Current term course list5) Resume6) Description of your proficiency, background and experience in one or more foreign languagesPlease direct questions to Theresa Kaiser-Jarvis, Assistant Dean for International Affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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