The Law Society devotes much effort in creating international exchange opportunities for our young members to maintain continuous professional development and build international connections. One way to fulfill this objective is through organising internship programmes between Hong Kong and overseas jurisdictions.
2018 marked the 5th year of the two-week internship programme between Hong Kong and Korea. Starting from 3 January, five Korean interns, including lawyers and law students, started their two-week internship training in local law firms and one Hong Kong solicitor commenced the two-week internship training in Korea.
The 4th year of the two-week Hong Kong-Japan internship programme also took place in March. Four Japanese interns started their two-week internship training in local law firms from 7 to 22 March, while one Hong Kong solicitor underwent her two-week internship training in Japan from 5 to 20 March.
An orientation and visit to the legal organisations (eg Legislative Council and High Court) were organised by the International Legal Affairs Committee (’ILAC’), providing all Korean and Japanese interns a better understanding of the Hong Kong legal system. The Korean interns also joined the Ceremonial Opening of the Legal Year 2018 at City Hall on 8 January, in which they were able to mingle with the local legal practitioners.
The internship programmes were well-received. Thank you for the continuous support provided by the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Korea, the Korean Bar Association, the Japan Federation of Bar Associations and the Hong Kong law firms who participated in the internship programme.
A farewell dinner was organised for the Korean interns and participating Hong Kong law firms on 18 January to conclude the Korean internship programme.
Mr. Stephen Hung, Immediate Past President & Vice-Chairman of ILAC (third from left), Mr. Munenori Kaku, Member of of ILAC (second from right) and Mr. Simon Chan, Member of ILAC (first from right) introduced Hong Kong’s legal system and other related legal topics at the orientation briefing session orgnaised for the Japanese interns.