On 15 Oct. 2022, China’s Supreme People’s Court (“SPC”) published an article on its website introducing its internship program.
From 2015 to 2022, more than 600 legal interns worked at the Beijing-based SPC successively, and nearly 1,000 legal interns worked in the Circuit Courts of the SPC.
To establish a mechanism to manage internship programs, the SPC has issued several policy documents, including the “Guiding Opinions on the Establishment of the Mutual Exchange Mechanism Between People’s Courts and Law Schools” (关于建立人民法院与法学院校双向交流机制的指导意见) and the “Provisions on the Establishment of the Internship Program” (关于建立法律实习生制度的规定) (hereinafter referred to as the “Provisions”).
Chinese courts are required to receive law school students for internships regularly, which generally last from three to six months, according to the Provisions promulgated by the SPC in 2015.
As for the SPC, it publishes the announcement of receiving legal interns on its official website. It accepts two groups of legal interns each year who are recommended to the SPC by law schools, with six months practice period for each.
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Contributors: CJO Staff Contributors Team