Aside from self-sourced internships, the Centre for International & Professional Experience (CIPE) at Yale-NUS also offers internship opportunities for at a variety of places: international organisations (IGOs), non-governmental organisations (NGOs), public sector organisations, consulting firms, etc. You can find details on all these opportunities here. Check out some of our DDP students' internship experiences below!
Ben Ng (Class of 2024) shares his experiences as a Legal Intern at Bizibody Technologies in Semester 2 of Academic Year 2019/2020.
Since April, Don Loke and I (Class of 2024) have embarked on an internship with Bizibody Technologies, a Legal Technology Consultancy.
We were trained to use HotDocs, a low-code document assembly software. Essentially, this software streamlines the creation of document templates, drastically cutting down lawyer hours when it comes to contract drafting and conveyancing.
Furthermore, we were exposed to the litigation arm of the company and got involved in their rollout of a document presentation software, InSync. We both took turns as InSync document presenters for an ongoing eHearing, which provided useful insights into how traditional court hearings could evolve in a post-COVID world.
In addition to these two programs, we experienced several others as well. For instance, CaseRoom, a document discovery platform, Alexx.io, an anti-money laundering compliance software and Clio, a customer relationship management platform for legal clients. Throughout our stint, we interacted with legal software developers and examined the intersection between computational and legal thinking.
The legal tech field is definitely a booming service and would do well in improving efficiency for all in the near future!
Shirin Chew (Class of 2021) shares her experiences as a Legal Intern at Eugene Thuraisingam LLP in Semester 2 of Academic Year 2019/2020.
I did a month-long internship at Eugene Thuraisingam LLP. While at the company, I wrote a clemency letter, assisted in an arbitration matter and was fortunate enough to get the chance to help in a constitutional challenge. The mentors were approachable and I enjoyed my time there even though the work was challenging. As it was a remote internship, I got the chance to try out that snazzy “work from home” arrangement …and I liked it! Doing a longer internship was valuable as it gave me time to get to know people and try out a wide range of practice areas.
Three of my biggest tips for internships are: first, try out firms of different sizes, cultures and areas of specialisation. Throughout the years, I experienced in-house life at a multinational corporation, family law work at a mid-sized firm, intellectual property law at one of the ‘Big Fours’ and got a glimpse into the prosecution and non-prosecution work of the Attorney-General’s Chambers. Each experience taught me something new about myself. You might be surprised by what you’d learn by keeping an open mind. Second, just plunge right in even if you’re scared. As long as you’re willing to learn and ask for feedback, you’ll improve by leaps and bounds. My first few law memos were pretty terrible (yikes!) and I asked a kind senior for his “model answers”. Once you get the hang of things, they’re quite manageable. Third, which is the most common advice I get from mentors, enjoy your time in school! You will be working for a very long time so take things at your own pace and definitely don’t rush into internships at the expense of your mental health. Learning how to manage stress, building a healthy lifestyle, and practising mindful living are so important for long-term happiness. Wishing you a good learning experience and the courage to take things at your own pace.
Since June 2018, I have been part of the team at LawTech.Asia, an online publication that aims to drive thought leadership in the use and development of legal tech in Singapore and the region. I’ve had the opportunity to engage the vibrant legal tech community through interviewing key industry figures, attending legal tech events and writing original thought pieces. Some highlights of my time at LawTech.Asia includes conducting an interview with the Co-Founder of Zegal on their automated contract generation and legal workflow management software. Most recently, I’ve been working on a thought piece about the risks of unregulated Artificial Intelligence.
With some funding from CIPE, I interned as a Summer Legal Fellow at Justice Without Borders (JWB). JWB is an NGO dedicated to improving cross-border access to justice for migrant workers who’ve fallen victim to labour exploitation or human trafficking. I got to correspond with the Hong Kong and Indonesian offices on case management, and learned how JWB works to link up migrant workers’ cases to volunteer lawyers in its network. I was also involved in conducting strategic legal research on the illegal deployment of foreign domestic workers.
My time at JWB gave me a glimpse into the valuable and hard work that NGOs do. More importantly, my ideas of how legal knowledge and training can be utilised to help social causes were meaningfully expanded.