Japan Program for Legal Trainees
The Japanese legal system is interesting for German lawyers. German legal trainees, who spend their three-month traineeship overseas, also choose Japan as the host country. However, it can be observed that especially excellent legal trainees prefer to target Anglo-American countries for their traineeship.
For this purpose, the Robert Bosch Stiftung created a funding program in 2009 with the goal of bringing more qualified legal trainees to Japan. Legal trainees who would like to spend their traineeship in Japan can apply for participation in the program. Aside from the daily legal work, the program also offers the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the host country. Each year, a selection of up to 15 participants takes place.
Prerequisite for participation in the program is the participation in preparatory courses and a final test. The goal of the preparatory courses is imparting basic knowledge about the host country with regard to law, geography, history, and language.
The participants apply independently to legal offices, companies, and other suitable employers in Japan. The foundation helps in finding a suitable traineeship. The program funding includes airline travel to Japan as well as a monthly scholarship and regular language training in the country.