Law & Human Rights voluntary work placements with Global Safaris give you the opportunity to change legislation or make a difference to other people’s lives. You can become part of a vital resource, providing legal services to businesses, community organizations or individuals.
If you’re interested in a career in the notoriously competitive legal profession, a voluntary placement with a well-respected law firm overseas could be a valuable addition to your CV.
We offer a wide variety of placements suitable for law graduates, law professionals wishing to take a career break, law students (during holidays) and people who have completed a law conversion course
In some destinations we also have some placements for pre-university students thinking of joining the legal profession and people with no formal law experience who have good communication skills and a desire to work in the field of human rights.
These overseas voluntary placements with Projects Abroad enable you to gain a unique insight into day-to-day legal practice, and the rules of law, while working in well-respected legal organizations in Africa or Asia.
Please let us know if you have any preferences so we can match you to the most appropriate placement.
Working abroad on a voluntary law internship
We offer such varied opportunities on our legal placements that each experience is truly unique. Before you embark on one of our voluntary law internships you should know that you will be entering a professional working environment. You’ll have plenty of deadlines and responsibilities. Based with a well-respected legal organization, you’ll be expected to represent the firm in the same way that any other employee would.
Typically your work will involve several elements. Certainly we will find a placement that suits your specific areas of legal interest.
You could be attending court sessions regularly, and you may be asked to monitor and report on proceedings. You’ll probably be involved in all kinds of law-related activities, such as undertaking research, report-writing, visiting rural clients, giving presentations in schools or other community groups, or even making good use of the local media!
Although some of the projects are only open to people with experience of law, even if you are just a willing volunteer on one of the Ghanaian or South African programmes you’ll do much more than make the tea. All of our legal placements are demanding, and must be taken seriously. You’re likely to be working normal office hours and you will be welcomed as a valued part of the team. Experiences on a Projects Abroad Law Placement
We will take into account your specific areas of legal interest when we find you a placement. In China, volunteers have worked in banking law, mergers, acquisitions, corporate intellectual property, taxation and insolvency.
In Ghana or South Africa we offer expanding human rights programmes. Your work might involve educating abused women or taxi drivers about their rights, monitoring an election procedure or looking at police reform.
Although your experiences will be unique, sometimes there’s nothing better than to read how other people have benefited from their voluntary work placement in law overseas, so here are some more testimonials:
Volunteering on a human rights project as a qualified lawyer There is also scope to volunteer as a professional and put your skills to use. Global Safaris has a skilled and qualified arm called Global Safaris PRO. Our main focus is to match your skills with our partner organization’s needs. Please visit our specialist website for professionals to find out more.