The Law Society devotes much effort in assisting our young members to broaden their international legal horizons. One way of fulfilling this objective is through organising internship programmes between Hong Kong and overseas jurisdictions. Thanks to the support of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Korea and the Korean Bar Association, this year marks the 4th year that we jointly hosted a two-week internship programme in Hong Kong and Korea.
Nine Korean interns, including lawyers and law students, started their two-week internship training in local law firms from 4 to 18 January while two Hong Kong lawyers underwent their two-week internship training in Korea from 9 to 20 January.
Subsequent to the two-week Hong Kong-Korea internship programme held in January, we co-ordinated another two-week internship programme in March between Hong Kong and Japan with the support of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations. Starting from 6 March, five Japanese interns started their two-week internship training in local Hong Kong law firms and five Hong Kong lawyers commenced their two-week internship training in Japan.
During the programmes, the interns visited the Legislative Council during their stay to further their understanding of Hong Kong’s legal system. The Korean interns also joined the Ceremonial Opening of the Legal Year 2017 at the City Hall on 9 January, where they were able to mingle with the local legal practitioners.
The internship programmes were well-received by both the interns and Hong Kong law firm sponsors.
Mr. Stephen Hung, Immediate Past President & Vice Chairman of the International Legal Affairs Committee (sixth from left), Ms. Maggie Yim, Member of the International Legal Affairs Committee (front row, second from right) and Ms. Olivia Kung Member of the International Legal Affairs Committee (front row, first from right) introduced Hong Kong’s legal system and other related legal topics at the orientation briefing session organised for the Korean interns.
A farewell dinner was organised for the Japanese interns on 17 March to conclude their internship programme.