Academic Center of Law & Business, Israel – summer internships

January 9, 2013

The Legal Clinics at the Academic Center of Law and Business, Israel (CLB) have now opened registration to the Human Rights Summer Internship program for international law students. The Summer internship runs from April 2013 through August and is typically between four to nine weeks. Students attending the summer internship for a period exceeding five weeks will intern  in more than one clinic. 

Students can apply to intern in one of the following legal clinics:

The Migrant Rights Legal Clinic is Headed by attorney Yonatan Berman, one of the leading migrants’ rights lawyers, and Dr. Tally Kritzman-Amir. The clinic deals with individual cases and impact litigation, including the upcoming petition to the High Court of Justice regarding the constitutionality of our new anti-infiltration law, which imposes mandatory three years detention on infiltrators (incl. asylum seekers). The clinic hosted international interns working in the past (From Harvard Law School, Toronto University Law School and Case Western Reserve Law School). For more information: http://www.clb.ac.il/english/law_clinic_migra.html

The Capital Market Legal Clinic, headed by attorney Amiram Gill, promotes investors’ rights in the Israeli economy. Over 80% of public companies in Israel are held by controlling shareholders, often resulting in low gains, high costs, and decreasing wages for investors, consumers, and employees. As such, the Clinic promotes the public interest in regulating and enforcing Israeli laws on issues such as self-dealing transactions, unusual dividend distributions, and the conflicts of interests surrounding feasibility assessments. For more information:http://www.clb.ac.il/english/law_clinic_public.html

The Corporate Social Responsibility Legal Clinic headed by Dr. Ofer Sitbon, has vowed to “follow impartially corporate actions, formulate critic when relevant and offer suggestions for improvement”. It has conducted research and action on various issues such as aggressive tax planning, ethical investment and the Israeli food industry. The Clinic offers the students the opportunity to experience the new field of CSR which challenges and broadens the classic limits of Law. Under the supervision of Dr. Sitbon, students will undertake comparative research and also meet with players in the Israeli CSR field. For more information: http://www.clb.ac.il/english/law_clinic_corporate.html

The Clinic for Environmental and Social Change headed by attorney Eran Tzin works within the framework of the critical school of thought. Accordingly, its activity is based on the assumption that environmental injustice is connected to existing power structures, especially in a deeply divided society (along lines of class, race and ethnicity), such as the Israeli one. Hence, the various cases that the Clinic works on are usually precedential, aiming, simultaneously, at handling the case in point and also at advancing environmental justice in Israel.

The Clinic for Educational Rights headed by attorney Sunny Kalev is the first entity in Israel to advance the rights of children within the educational system. It promotes public education that is affordable and equally offered to all, and has championed hundreds of children and their parents whose rights have been violated – including children who have been subject to religious, financial and ethnic discrimination and children with special needs. Students at the Clinic provide individual assistance to families in need while helping to effect meaningful social change on a national level. For more information: http://www.clb.ac.il/english/law_clinic_education.html

The Clinic for Social Change headed by attorney Neta Dagan, the director of the Human Rights Program in CLB, the Clinic for Social Change is based on the belief that the ideal candidates to create social change are students. Young, open-minded and creative, students are still idealistic and free of preconceived notions that typify more senior lawyers. The clinic promotes human rights of disadvantaged groups, such as rights of the elderly, crime victims, students with learning disabilities and children with special needs, mainly by filing petitions to the supreme court and promoting precedential legislation. For more information: http://www.clb.ac.il/english/law_clinic_change.html

 

The Academic Center of Law and Business in Israel (CLB), is a private non-profit college which was founded in 1995. CLB offers degrees in law, business administration and accounting. CLB prides itself in its commitment to social activism and our extensive human rights education curriculum. Our human rights division provides advanced training in the field, by providing rich theoretical knowledge and practical tools, presented by the top experts in the field, and by increasing the sensitivity of program participants to violations of human rights and the treatment thereof. At our 9 Legal Clinics for Human Rights students gain valuable experience by undertaking practical work in Human Rights issues of all forms, from handling individual applications in citizens’ rights offices in developing communities and underprivileged areas, to providing emergency assistance in the field of domestic violence in the Family Division Courts. Students also participate in struggles to demand policy change by creating petitions to the High Court and helping in the development of new bill legislation.

Application process:

1. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, until positions are filled.

2. We seek applicants with a demonstrated commitment human rights and social justice; strong research and writing skills; ability to work independently and within a team; ability to protect the confidentiality of our work and our communications.

3. While we accept applications from 1L students, 2L and 3L candidates are strongly preferred. Knowledge of Hebrew is an advantage in all of the clinics. For the Migrants’ Rights Clinic previous experience and knowledge of French, Arabic, Amharic, Tigrinian are an advantage.

4. Applicants should submit a letter of intent, explaining their interest to join one of the clinics in Israel and their previous experience, and a CV. Applications should be sent directly to the office of international programs (international@clb.ac.il)

CLB provides the interns with assistance with finding housing, library access and a work station. Interns are expected to fund all costs associated with their stay and travel as well as their health insurance costs.

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