At a glance
- Join our Law Internship in Mongolia and work alongside lawyers at a busy law firm. This is a perfect opportunity to kick start your career and gives you a global perspective of law.
- Guided by a supervisor, you’ll complete daily tasks and help the firm achieve its goals. You’re encouraged to ask questions and learn as much as you can.
- Ulaanbaatar will become your home, you’ll stay with a local host family and have your weekends free to explore this magnificent country.
16 or over
You should have completed at least one year of law studies.
Is a Law internship in Mongolia right for me?
This internship in Mongolia is perfect for any person studying law and looking to give their CV an extra edge in this competitive field.
You’ll learn from professional lawyers in a busy law firm. This will help you stand out during postgraduate or job applications. It will also give you a global perspective on how law is practised in developing countries. This will provide you with interesting talking points in interviews.
In order to do this Law internship, you must have completed at least one year of law-related studies. Law graduates interested in getting more practical experience are also welcome to apply. Our staff will ensure that the work you do is appropriate for your level of expertise.
English is also an important part of this internship as lawyers either speak Mongolian or English, or both. You should have an intermediate English level. This means you’ll need to be comfortable reading, writing, and speaking in English.
You can join at any time throughout the year and stay for as little as four weeks. To get the most out of the experience, we recommend staying as long as possible.
What will I do on this Law internship?
You’ll work at a law firm or at the National Legal Institute. Depending on your placement, you’ll come into contact with different kinds of law like Criminal Law or Litigation. Here are more law fields you may encounter:
- Antitrust & Trade Regulation
- Banking & Finance
- Intellectual Property
- Personal Injury
- Real Estate
- Science & Technology
Here are some of the tasks you can expect to do at your law placement in Mongolia:
- Learn from experienced lawyers and from your supervisor at your placement
- Conduct legal research and gain insight into how the law is applied in a developing country
- Accompany lawyers to court hearings
- Teach your Mongolian colleagues English
Your work will be split into four main areas:
Learn from experienced lawyers and from your supervisor at your placement
You will work alongside professional lawyers at your law placement in Mongolia. Use this time to learn as much as you can from them.
Before you begin your Law internship in Mongolia, we strongly suggest that you come prepared with knowledge of your country’s law structure. You can bring a template of your home country’s law structure and try to study its legislation. This will help you have interesting discussions with your colleagues on the legislation of your country in comparison to Mongolia’s. It’s also an opportunity for Mongolian staff to learn more about law in other countries.
Conduct legal research and gain insight into how the law is applied in a developing country
You will spend a great deal of your time conducting legal research. This will give you a deeper understanding of local and international laws, and how they are applied. You may also have a chance to research some of Mongolia’s social challenges, like family violence or alcoholism.
Please note that you should be comfortable to present a well-researched document in English. You will also collaborate with colleagues on tasks.
Accompany lawyers to court hearings
You will have the opportunity to accompany lawyers to court hearings during your Law Internship in Mongolia. Ask questions, learn and use this time to compare the legal system to your home country. We advise you to work hard at your placement and build professional relationships with your colleagues. Do this by showing interest in their work. This will make you stand out and soon your supervisor may ask you to accompany her/him to court.
Teach your Mongolian colleagues English
You should be prepared to teach a few English lessons to the staff at your law placement in Mongolia. This is a great opportunity to boost the skills of your colleagues and build your professional network. You can pack a few fun activities, games, or lesson plans in your suitcase before your trip. We recommend speaking to your supervisor about an ideal time to run the sessions.
Where in Mongolia will I work?
You will complete your law work experience in a Mongolian law firm or at the National Legal Institute. You will also accompany lawyers to court hearings when possible.
All of our law placements are in the country’s capital, Ulaanbaatar. You will also live with a local host family.
Mongolia is a large country with vast open plains. You will quickly find that the country has a fascinating history and culture. Besides being the home of the famous Genghis Khan, founder of the Mongol Empire, the country is also home to wandering nomads. You can use your weekends to visit the nomads, or stay in the city and spend a day roaming the streets of Ulaanbaatar.
A typical day on the Law Internship in Mongolia
You will have breakfast with your host family each day before heading out to your law internship. Dressed smartly, and with your personal laptop in your bag, you’ll walk or use public transport to get to your placement. On your first day, our staff will show you the easiest way to get there.
A typical day in Mongolia runs from 10am - 5pm, Monday to Friday.
You will work in a law firm or at the National Legal Institute. A supervisor at the placement will guide your tasks and help you develop your skills. Use this time to ask questions and learn as much as you can.
You'll work in a professional environment, so punctuality and the correct dress code are important aspects of your law work experience in Mongolia.
During the day, you will conduct legal research in English and draft documents for foreign cases. You’ll also review English documents, or assist with translations. You may also conduct English lessons with your colleagues or accompany them on court hearings.
During your free time, plan a weekend trip to see the nomads, visit a Mongolian monastery, or relax with interns and volunteers from around the world. It’s also a great time to get to know your host family!
What are the aims and impact of this internship?
The aim of this Law Internship in Mongolia is to give you a chance to gain practical work experience. You will live and work in a developing country and give your CV an edge. Use your law work experience in Mongolia to get ahead in university or job applications.
Less than two decades ago, Mongolia was run by a government whose policies were very closely aligned to the Communist model. The legal framework in place was very much based on that of the former Soviet Union. When the Soviet Union came to an end in 1990, so too did the old Mongolian system. A new democratic state and constitution was established two years later in 1992.
As one of the smaller world economies, and due to the vast area the country covers compared to its population, the Mongolian legal system was based on customary law. This meant it was initially rather slow to develop. In recent years however, an increasingly outward-looking country is now bringing about considerable and fundamental changes.
You have the chance to see how a young legal system continues to develop. This is the perfect time to put your theoretical knowledge to good use.
Help us with the work we do in Mongolia by joining us as an intern. There is much to be learnt, seen and done on a Law internship in Mongolia!
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Food and accommodation
You'll stay with a host family in Ulaanbaatar. They will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Mongolia and have a truly unique experience.
We will always try to let you live alongside at least one other Projects Abroad volunteer or intern at the same host family. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.
Your programme fee includes three meals a day.
Find out more about our accommodation.
Leisure activities and free time
Mongolia is one of the most remote countries in the world. Volunteering here is a chance to experience a completely different way of life.
Our projects are based in Ulaanbaatar, the country’s capital. This city is an eclectic mix of modern and traditional. The Government Palace is a perfect example of this, with it’s old-world style architecture and glowing blue and gold lights.
Even when you’re in the city, you’re never far from the countryside. Just a quick trip can take you out to a nomad settlement, where you can meet travelling families who live in traditional gers. We recommend going on a horse ride or trek to take in the beauty of the endless countryside horizons.
The famous statue of Genghis Khan is a must-see. You can also learn about the country’s history at the National Museum of Mongolia.
We run a range of different projects in Mongolia so there will likely be other volunteers in the country with you. So you can travel alone or explore the country with a group of like-minded new friends.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
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