Since 2000, the firm's Foreign Legal Internship Program, based out of our New York office, has offered German referendars the opportunity to spend their “Wahlstation” (last part of the mandatory German legal internship) with our firm.

This three to four-month program attracts those who enjoy combining a challenging legal internship with the excitement of Manhattan’s fast-paced working environment.

Our training program offers an in-depth overview of the United States legal system and the opportunity to concentrate in one of our practice areas. Activities typically include projects that present an inside view of the work of an American law firm, as well as attendance at court hearings and internal training sessions. Led by our German colleague, Dr. Myriam Rastaetter, referendars are typically involved in projects with two or three additional Gibbons attorneys.

Please note, Gibbons does not compensate referendars during their training period. We recognize, however, that living expenses in New York are relatively high and therefore provide a modest monthly “housing stipend.” After your application has been accepted, we will provide you with additional information related to housing in New York, visa requirements, medical insurance, etc.

To view this program description in German, click here.