Canadian Bar Association (CBA) Young Lawyers International Program 2016

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Application Deadline:May 16, 2016 (2016-2017 program).

The CBA has received funding from Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) to send young Canadian lawyers to work with legal human rights and legal development organizations overseas, including human rights advocacy organizations, legal aid organizations and legal profession institutions in developing countries.
The CBA’s Young Lawyers International Program has received funding from Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) as part of the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy (YES). Through this program, young lawyers are placed in eight-month internships (they are overseas for six months) to work with human rights legal organizations on issues such as women’s rights, refugees’ rights, labour rights, constitutional rights and children’s rights, in the Caribbean, Africa and Asia. The program is designed to achieve two objectives:

  • Firstly, it provides human rights legal organizations abroad with young lawyers who have the expertise to make a professional contribution to their work.
  • Secondly, it gives young lawyers, at the threshold of their careers, international experience to help them obtain employment in the field of law and international human rights legal work.
Eligibility Requirements:
  • Applicants must be qualified lawyers at or below the age of 30. Preference is given to those who have done their articling or have equivalent practical legal experience. Please note that interns cannot do their articles on this program.
  • They must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents and legally entitled to work in Canada.
  • Please note that you may not apply if you have previously participated in DFATD’s IYIP initiative.
  • The internships are approximately 8 months each, from November 2015 to July 2016 in the first year and from August 2016 to March 2017 in the second year.
  • The first month will be spent in Canada preparing, and there is a two-week holiday approximately half-way through the placement.


  • Living stipends and accommodation allowances will be provided by the program, as well as travel costs to the overseas placement



  • How to apply

    Write a letter of application, describing your interest and attaching your resumé.

  • There is no application form.
  • You should say how you believe you could make a contribution to a human rights legal Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) overseas, and detail your experience, both voluntary and professional, in legal human rights-type activities. Such activities could include working in a legal aid clinic or a rape crisis center, being an active member of Amnesty International or human rights advocacy group, or working for a trade union or in women’s, children’s, aboriginal or labour organizations.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) Young Lawyers International Program 2016

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