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Global Legal Practice Fellowship (GLPF)

In today’s global age, lawyers are increasingly expected to analyze international and foreign sources and trends, draw from comparative examples, and reconcile different cultural expectations as they tackle issues in practice. Students entering the legal profession must be detail oriented and nuanced in their approach to legal issues, and also big-picture global thinkers who adapt quickly to change.

Each summer, the Global Legal Practice Fellowship (GLPF) places students in internship positions at local law firms around the world, giving students cross-cultural experience and a better understanding of foreign legal practice.

The GLPF is one of two Global Fellowship Programs: the Global Legal Practice Fellowship and the Global Justice Program. To find out more about the Global Justice Program, visit here.

What do GLP Fellows do?

Through the GLPF, Penn Law students work in summer positions at local law firms and general counsel offices around the world.

Bermeo & Bermeo (Equador)

In the summer of 2017, Margaret Ledak L’19, interned at Bermeo & Bermeo in Quito. She said of the experience, “Working at the firm has been great, because I’ve been able to get involved in a variety of aspects of the IP practice area.” Ledak lent her hand to a variety of projects, from preparing evidence for trademark litigation to drafting correspondence between international clients and the Ecuadorian national patent office. Remarking on another aspect of her with, Ledak remarked, “I’ve also been able to work on some corporate matters, such as reviews of international distribution agreements.”

Read about Ledak’s full experience here.

Wiener Soto Caparrós (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Ruth-Helen Vassilas L’18 knew she wanted to spend her first summer working in Spanish and “getting to know a legal system overseas”. In the summer of 2016, Vassilas worked at Wiener Soto Caparrós in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Vassilas got to use her language skills in her daily tasks, which consisted of “editing contracts, conducting international and American research, drafting client correspondences, and translating legal documents.” Vassilas also got experience in transnational business law recalling, “One research project involved advising a British client on the applicable Argentine laws for entering a mobile application into the market and running a ‘promotional sweepstakes’.” She continued that, “Sweepstakes are not clearly regulated under Argentine law, much less those originating abroad. It proved a tricky legal question and required a good amount of educated legal guesswork.”

Get more details by reading Vassilas’s whole story here.

Where else do Fellows go?

Penn Law students have participated in placements at many other global firms:

  • Aluko & Oyebode (Nigeria)
  • Bermeo & Bermeo (Ecuador)
  • Bradin Prat (France)
  • Brigard & Urrutia (Colombia)
  • Cocuzza & Associati (Italy)
  • Kim & Chang (Korea)
  • Lamy Lexel (France)
  • Lembeye &Cia (Chile)
  • Melli Darsa (Indonesia)
  • Nishimura & Asahi (Japan)
  • P.R.I.M.E. (The Netherlands)
  • SyCip Salazar (Philippines)
  • Weiner Soto (Argentina)
  • XXIV Old Buildings (United Kingdom)
  • Yulchon LLC (Korea)

Who can participate?

1L or 2L students currently enrolled at Penn Law are eligible to apply for GLPF.

How does it work?

  1. Employer’s job descriptions are posted to Symplicity in December.
  2. Student submit applications in January.
  3. Students may apply for multiple fellowship placements - but must submit a separate resume and cover letter to each placement for which they wish to be considered.
  4. The Office of Career Strategy sends applications to the employer for review.
  5. Employers arrange interviews or further application section according to their practice policies.
  6. Notifications of internship offers are generally made in February or March.

How do I apply?

The link below will take you to the application and application guidance forms.



Still have more questions?

Get in touch with Caroline Ruhle, Associate Director for International and LL.M Counseling, OCS Office