Trainee / internship in Germany

Internships for Young Lawyers

The GSLA is a bilateral Lawyers Association located in Nuremberg, Germany. The purpose of the organisation is to promote the legal understanding and information about the German and South African legal system. One of the objectives of the GSLA is the support of legal international education for young South African lawyers by giving assistance to do an internship in Germany.

The German South African Lawyers Association (GSLA) offers young South African Lawyers assistance to spend a period of preferably 4 – 12 weeks with a German law firm, company or other appropriate institution, hereby giving the opportunity to study the German legal system and in particular to learn about the activities and gain insights of a German law firm by studying files, particularly international cases, taking part in client meetings, court hearings and much more.

Candidates need to have completed their legal studies in South Africa (LL.B-Degree); bar exam and/or knowledge of international business and commercial law would be a plus, but not a formal requirement. At least basic knowledge of German language and the German legal system will be helpful, but not strictly necessary depending on the respective requirements.  If interested, please send an application including a complete and detailed C.V. to the following address:

German-South African Lawyers Association
c/o Rechtsanwalt Rüdiger Dorobek

Postfach 91 05 60

90263 Nürnberg



Tel.: +49 – (0)911 – 339578

Fax: +49 – (0)911 – 332112

Candidates will then be contacted by the GSLA.

Successful applications will be submitted to GSLA members that offer interships to young South African lawyers. Most law firms and companies are located in big cities, e.g. Berlin, Hamburg, Düsseldorf or Munich. Depending on the individual situation and on the qualification of the candidate, practical training periods may be financially supported by the German law firm. All other costs (travelling, accommodation etc.) have to be borne by the candidate.

Other Information

How to find an internship in Germany (by

Traineeships in the European Commission

Traineeships at the Court of Justice of the European Union

Make it in Germany (website by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy intending to inform international qualified professionals about their career prospects in Germany)

Legal Professions in Germany (overview by the European Union)