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Procedures internships

Amsterdam Law School

Internships are part of our experience-based training at the Amsterdam Law Practice (ALP). Internships outside the university, at government agencies, law firms or in municipalities, for example, constitute a form of educational fieldwork.

Unlike clinics offered at the Amsterdam Law School, internships offer a hybrid form of clinical training in which supervision takes place ‘on the job’. In tandem with an internship, students attend a set of lectures on professional responsibility and ethics organised by the Master's programme to provide guidance. Some Master's programmes allow students to have an internship count as one of their electives.

Please note that due to the corona (COVID-19) crisis, there is a changed policy for internships.

Finding and formalising an internship

Students normally find their own internship. One resource you can use is the UvA Job Board, a platform that posts openings for internships and part-time jobs. When you find a post, you can contact the organisation offering the internship directly. If you have any questions about internships, working alongside your studies and/or the options available, get in touch via stages-fdr@uva.nl.

The organisation offering the internship will inform you of their procedures and whether you qualify. Note that if you do not want to obtain credits for the internship, there is no need to contact the Amsterdam Law School internship coordinator or inform the Law School; you can make all arrangements with the internship provider directly.

Credits

If you would like your internship to count towards your Master's degree, there are several criteria to be aware of. These criteria are listed in the Internship Regulations.

Procedures governing internships

You can obtain credits (6 ECTS) for your internship if:

  • your Master's curriculum allows internships to count as electives
  • the start date and end date of the internship falls within the period in which you are enrolled in that Master's programme
  • the internship is relevant to your Master's degree/track
  • the internship amounts to at least 164 hours (with 24 hours for the Legal Ethics Track)
  • you register your internship no later than three weeks before it starts by sending the completed Registration Form (PDF) to stages-fdr@uva.nl
  • you submit an interim report (750-1,000 words) midway through the internship period
  • you submit an internship report (1,500-2,000 words) no later than four weeks after completing the internship period or the track Legal Ethics and Professional Identity for Legal Professionals in Practice’ and this report is given a pass. This report must incorporate the knowledge gained from the track. For that reason, it is strongly recommended that you submit the internship report after the track.

Within any one Master's programme, you can obtain credits for only one internship. If you are enrolled in more than one Master's programme, you can do an internship for each one, provided they are relevant to the respective fields of study. If you are taking multiple tracks in a single Master's programme, you can have an internship count towards one only.

Internships are not assessed with a numeric mark, but as having either met all the requirements (‘AVV’ – alle verplichtingen voldaan) or failed to meet all the requirements (‘NAV’ – niet aan alle verplichtingen voldaan).

Explanation of criteria and procedures

Doing an internship to count as a Master's elective

Consult your Master's curriculum overview in the Course Catalogue to find out if your programme allows internships count as electives.

Internship is completed during Master's enrolment and is relevant to degree (and track)

The start date and end date of the internship needs to fall within the period in which you are enrolled in the Master's programme. An internship completed before this (e.g. during the summer before your enrolment) therefore is not eligible for credits.

The determination whether an internship is relevant to a given Master's programme (and track, if any) and eligible for 6 ECTS credits (provided all other criteria are met), is made by the Amsterdam Law School internship coordinator, normally before the internship is scheduled to start. In case of questions about relevance, the Amsterdam Law School internship coordinator consults with the designated staff at that Master's programme (or track).

Minimum number of hours

To be eligible for credits, internships must amount to at least 164 hours (with 24 hours for the Legal Ethics Track). They may be either full time or part time (if part time, the hours worked are spread out over a longer period).

Track 'Legal Ethics and Professional Identity for Legal Professionals in Practice'

As from the 2019-2020 academic year, the Amsterdam Law School will offer a track on legal ethics and professional identity. During this track, students learn to reflect on the professional ethical aspects of a specific legal practice using relevant professional ethics theories, ideal types, professional standards/core values, and socio-empirical and economic insights. The lecture series concludes with a central reflection session, where experiences and insights gained by students during their internship are exchanged. Students need to incorporate what they have learned during these lectures in the internship report.

Whereas internships can be done at any time of the year, the track on legal ethics and professional identity will be offered twice each academic year; in April and in October.

It is important to register for this track well in advance to avoid delays in the award of internship credits. Therefore, if you are planning to do an internship (even if you have not yet found or secured an internship), be sure to register for the track and to take it as early as possible. You can register for the track by sending an email to stages-fdr@uva.nl and including your name, student ID number and Master’s (track).

The registration form to be completed and signed by the internship provider notifies the provider of the requirement to attend the track and that the intern may have to make time to do so during their internship.

Register internship using registration form

Internships must be registered no later than three weeks before they are scheduled to start by sending the Registration Form (PDF) to stages-fdr@uva.nl. Only forms that are completed in full and signed by the internship provider will be accepted.

You do not have to enrol in the Internship program via SIS.

Internships that are not registered on time and/or according to the instructions will not be eligible for credits.

Upon receipt of the registration form, the Amsterdam Law School internship coordinator will determine whether the internship is eligible for credits. You should be informed of this decision before your internship is scheduled to start. If your internship is eligible for credits, you will receive an invitation from the Canvas Master's internship page. All further internship information and communication will be provided and carried out in Canvas.

Submission of reports

Midway during the internship you must submit a 750-1,000 word interim report in Canvas.

After completing the internship, you must submit an internship report in Canvas of 1,500-2,000 words (excluding appendices). We recommend not handing in the report on your internship until after you have attended the track on legal ethics and professional identity, since you need to incorporate what you have learned during these lectures in the report. The internship report must be submitted no later than four weeks after the end of the internship or after taking the track.

  • If you complete your internship first and take the track on legal ethics and professional identity afterwards, then submit your internship report in Canvas no more than four weeks after taking the track;
  • If you take the track on legal ethics and professional identity first and complete your internship afterwards, then submit your internship report in Canvas no more than four weeks after completing the internship.

Both reports are assessed by the Amsterdam Law School internship coordinator. The assessment criteria are published on Canvas.

Cooperation with ACLPA

The Amsterdam Center for the Legal Profession and Access to Justice (ACLPA) provides a supportive and scientific foundation for the track Legal ethics and professional identity for legal professionals in practice. For example, staff members of the center provide the substantive lectures.