Osgoode students have access to a wide variety of opportunities to gain international experience outside of formal studies. Students are able to:
- teach law in China after graduation
- conduct legal research for organizations such as the United Nations, and international and local NGOs through International Legal Partnership
- arrange their own internship sponsored by the Ian Scott Public Interest Internship Program
- participate in summer internships through York International
Teach in China Program
Interested in combining a challenging job with travel in a fascinating foreign country? For the past 12 years, Osgoode has sent two to three graduates each year to teach law at Southwest University of Political Science and Law in the City of Chongqing, located in the province of Sichuan, People's Republic of China.
Those hired leave Canada toward the end of August and return the following year at the end of June. Each visiting teacher is provided with a rent-free apartment, air travel costs, and a monthly salary roughly equivalent to $600.00 Canadian. While in China, visiting teachers may enrol in Mandarin courses, and have the opportunity to travel throughout China during the month-long Chinese New Year holiday (which is generally in February). See the Teach in China website for detailed information.
International Legal Partnership
Each summer, International Legal Partnership (ILP) offers Osgoode students the opportunity to utilize their legal training on projects with local impact through internships at international and local NGOs in developing countries around the globe.
ILP arranges 20-25 internship positions each year and provides pre-departure training and ongoing support throughout the placement. The application process begins in January for the following summer.
The Ian Scott Public Interest Internship Program
Colleagues and friends of Ian Scott established the Ian Scott Public Interest Internship Program to honour his many accomplishments and to assist students who intend to pursue careers in public law. Ian Scott (LLB, Osgoode Hall Law School, 1959) was a barrister, a politician and a legal educator. In each of his careers, he attained a high degree of success with integrity and commitment. He argued many important constitutional cases and was renowned for outstanding advocacy and clarity of thought.
The Internship Program funds students who attain summer employment at a public interest organization such as a legal aid clinic, advocacy organization or non-governmental organization. Preference is given to students who are underpaid or unpaid in their public interest work. Recipients must demonstrate consistent high academic achievement and financial need. The award is restricted to students who are Canadian citizens/permanent residents and residents of Ontario.
York International Internship Program
The York University International Internship Program (YIIP) provides York undergraduate and graduate students with a non-credit opportunity to apply their academic knowledge to an international work environment and enhance their job-related skills in an international and intercultural setting. York University offers funding for successful YIIP applicants.