Google opens legal mentorship applications
Aimed at law students across the globe, including Africa, applications for the Google Legal Summer Institute (LSI) have opened.
The LSI aims to improve access to in-house careers at tech companies, by expanding opportunities and removing barriers for talent underrepresented in the legal industry.
The mentorship programme connects LSI students with a mentor, such as an experienced Google lawyer or legal professional.
“The mentor is an unbiased resource, untied to the student’s work, who will aid in the student’s personal and professional development by sharing their advice and guidance on a confidential 1:1 basis with the mentee,” says Google.
It adds: “During their internship, students will spend a week with Google (remotely and/or in-person, depending on the location) attending presentations and career development workshops, building their network and gaining insights into life as an in-house lawyer at a global technology company.”
Google says the LSI students are a diverse group with interests across all legal practice areas.
“We consider students who are attending (or have attended) law schools in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Students who identify with a group that is under represented in the legal profession industry are especially encouraged to apply,” says the company.
The Google week of the EMEA Legal Summer Institute will be held from the 28 August to 1 September 2023.
Applicants must have work authorisation in the following countries: Belgium, Egypt, France, Germany, Ghana, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Netherlands, Nigeria, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
In addition, Google says candidates must be law students who are considering, or would like, entry into the legal profession, demonstrate academic excellence, provide a resume and be comfortable working in English.