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Intern/Externships


The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Richardson and PALS all have partnerships across the region with prestigious institutions and with professionals, including governmental and non-governmental organizations, big and small law firms, and individual professionals/practitioners, affording you rich opportunities to intern and/or extern in the field.


In the past, PALS students have gone to to every corner of the region, from the Pacific to East Asia to Southeast Asia and to South Asia, where they have worked for a wide array of institutions, including the United Nations, judges' offices, NGO’s and law firms.


Some places where students have completed intern/externships include:


  1. Pacific


  1. Supreme Court of Guam

  2. Supreme Court of Palau

  3. Supreme Court of American Samoa

  4. Carlsmith Ball, Guam


  1. Asia


  1. United Nations

  2. United States Embassy of Japan

  3. JAG: Yokota Air Force Base, Japan

  4. Hong Kong University Center for Public & Comparative Law, Hong Kong

  5. Law Firms In China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand

  6. Cambodia Legal Aid


Why Intern/Extern?


To augment your JD and your Pacific-Asian Legal Studies (PALS), we actively encourage you to also gain real-world experience, via a Pacific-Asian Internship/Externship.


Doing so, you can yield the following benefits:


  1. Build Your Network

  2. Interact with the international community and make professional contacts

  3. Engage the international legal community

  4. Meet practicing attorneys

  5. Improve your professional and inter-personal skills


  1. Gauge Your Interest In Working Abroad

  2. Experience what it is like to work abroad

  3. Experience what it is like to practice law abroad


  1. Develop Intercultural Skills

  2. Immerse yourself into another culture

  3. Experience cross-cultural exchanges

  4. Interact cross-culturally with professionals

  5. Interact cross-culturally with lawyers

  6. Identify how cultural context impacts the law and the practice of law

  7. Develop language skills


  1. Gauge Your Interest In Different Areas of Law

  2. Expose yourself to different areas of law

  3. Identify favored areas to foster a practice area

  4. Experience different types of organizations and judge which you are best suited to (e.g. governmental and non-governmental agencies, big and small law firms)


  1. Develop Practical Lawyering Skills

  2. Conduct client interviews

  3. Draft memorandums, motions and other legal documents

  4. Learn about discovery documents.

  5. Legal research about real-life cases

  6. Understand the process of bringing a case to a tribunal or settlement

 

  1. Get Credit

  2. Earn credit toward your JD

  3. Earn substantive credits toward completing your PALS Certificate


For More Information


For more information, you should do the following:


  1. Contact your faculty, who share common area/regional interests with yourself, for Advising, to identify potential Internships/Externships and to mold your legal studies and professional/personal goals to those available.

  2. Search our Pacific-Asian Opportunities Database below for institutions where you can pursue Internships/Externships.