Internship Opportunity at the International Bar Association (IBA), London


The International Bar Association (IBA), established in 1947, is the world’s leading organisation of international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies. It has a membership of more than 45,000 individual lawyers and over 200 bar associations and law societies spanning all continents. It has considerable expertise in providing assistance to the global legal community. Know more


WHO CAN APPLY: Undergraduate law students, postgraduate law students, and newly qualified lawyers at the International Bar Association’s offices in London.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATION: Motivation, ability to work independently, excellent interpersonal skills, good computer literacy including Microsoft Word and e-mail and internet, analytical and writing skills, interest and/or experience in international affairs and politics, experience of undertaking internet based research using different legal source websites.


PERIOD: a minimum of 12 weeks and a maximum of 6 months

HOURS: Up to 40 hours per week

TIMINGS: 9.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday



Selected interns will assist the IBA in developing academic papers and research on key legal topics of both local and international relevance. Interns will have an opportunity to become involved in the work of the following aspects of the Association:

  1. To support the IBA’s Human Rights Institute
  2. To support the IBA’s Legal Projects Team (Business and Economic Law)
  3. To support the IBA’s International Criminal Court (ICC) Programme

Interns will be able to draft policy papers on substantive legal issues as well as assisting in preparing background research for grant proposals. Interns will also be able to assist in implementing technical assistance programmes in developing countries.


Positions are available throughout the year but usually run in three month blocks:

Intake for London Last Date for Application
2 January -29 March 2013 31st August 2012
1 April – 28 June 2013 30st November 2012
1 July – 27 September 2013 1st March 2013
30 September – 27 December 2013 31st May 2013

If these dates do not correspond to your semester kindly e-mail for specific requests.


Send the following by e-mail (by post if you do not have access to the internet) explaining your interest in the IBA Legal Internship Programme:

  1. Covering letter – this should set out the following:
    – Why you wish to be considered for an intern position
    – The dates you would be able to take up your position
    – Highlight the areas of law that you are interested in
    – Specific research experience
  2. Full Curriculum Vitae (CV / resume)
  3. Application form (click here to download – you MUST save this form to your computer before filling it in)
    Please mark which area of law you are most interested in working in i.e. Human Rights Law or Commercial Law.
  4. Letter of reference – a letter from an academic tutor or employer that will mention your academic background, personality and suitability for the internship programme. Please have your referee send the letter directly to the Intern Programme Manager, Helen Taylor, either by mail or email. If you are applying for educational trust then your academic referee should state in their opinion the eligibility of the individual to receive a grant as part of their overall reference.
  5. Writing sample – The writing sample could be a legal course-work essay that you have written for your college degree programme or a report that you have written on a legal topic that is of interest to you or related to the field that you wish to work in. Please provide this writing sample in English only.

Send applications for the London Office internship via email to or by post to:

Helen Ugwu, Intern Programme Manager
International Bar Association
4th Floor
10 St Bride Street
United Kingdom

NOTE: Once your complete application (the five documents requested above) has been received, the IBA Office will take a minimum of 3 weeks after the closing date to process your application and accordingly you will be notified if you get selected.


  • The offer of any internship is conditional upon you being able to satisfy eligibility criteria to work in the UK in accordance with applicable immigration rules.
  • The internship offers will remain open for acceptance for 10 working days from the date of the offer. If they do not hear from you within that period they will assume that the offer is rejected and it will be withdrawn and offered to the next successful applicant.

For further information about the IBA, visit the IBA website,, or contact

Source Link:

DOWNLOAD IBA Internship Programme PDF

NOTE: We have only provided information for internship at the London Office of IBA. One can also apply for Hague office. To know more about internship at Hague Office, kindly visit the source link provided above.

Author: Vivek Kumar Verma

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