Internship Programs for J.D. Students

The East Asian Legal Studies Center offers programs and opportunities each year to University of Wisconsin Law School J.D. students who are currently enrolled at the time of the program and are in good standing.  WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS! Deadline to apply is Thursday, February 15, 2018.

Summer Internships in Vietnam

Application materials can be found here.

YKVN Lawyers, a widely respected Vietnamese law firm formerly the affiliate of White and Case in Vietnam, is recruiting spring and summer semester interns for both their Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City offices. There are also possibilities for fall semester interns.

The Center assists YKVN by collecting applications and interviewing applicants. Final decisions are made by YKVN Lawyers. Information about and assistance with housing, visas, and work assignments is given through YKVN Lawyers. The EALSC will provide a stipend to defray some of the costs of the internship, such as the international flight.

Candidates should have a basic familiarity and interest in contracts, finance, corporate law. No Vietnamese language skills are required.

Interns gain international legal experience, experience first hand one of the fastest growing economies in Asia, and work in areas such as contract litigation, securities, corporate and finance law, and international investment. The internships provide the potential opportunity to do international legal work for important Fortune 100 clients and to review documents as an English proof-reader. The internship also gives law students the chance to live in a quickly developing country in Asia and an unusual addition to your resume. Previous interns say that this is a good 'talking point' during job interviews.

This internship is for 1L and 2L students in Vietnam at an international law firm in the summer for a total of 8 weeks.  If you would like to contact previous students for more information about their experience, please e-mail the Center at and ask for the contact information.  For more information on YKVN Lawyers, see

Summer Internships in Bangkok, Thailand  

Application materials can be found here.

This internship is for 1L and 2L students and is part of the Law School's cooperative agreement with Thammasat University Faculty of Law, in Bangkok, Thailand.  UW Law School students are given placements in international law firms in Bangkok lasting from July to mid-August. The EALSC will provide a stipend to defray the cost of travel. See here for details and application directions.

UW Law students Kexin Li, Kathilynne Grotelueschen, Michael Rud, and James Howard were selected to be interns in international law firms in Bangkok in summer 2010 as part of the UW Law School - Thammasat University Faculty of Law Summer Internship program.  The interns visited the Administrative Court in Bangkok and were featured on the Court's website.

Ms. Kyung Jin Lee was an intern in Bangkok during the summer of 2009.  An article about her experience appears on pages 22 and 23 of "Asia Law News," the newsletter of the American Bar Association's Section of International Law Asia/Pacific Committee.

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