ClientEarth • Berlin

Legal Trainee / Rechtsreferendar*innen in der Wahlstation (0790)

Employment type:  Part time
Salary:  Paid by the Federal State. Rates of pay are set centrally.

4 days/week at home

Core hours 10–4

Dog friendly

Job Description

We are pleased to offer aspiring environmental lawyers and change-makers the opportunity to spend their elective internship at ClientEarth from October 2024 onwards.

We are a legal and environmental charity that uses the power of the law to fight against climate change and to protect nature and the environment. In Germany, we currently focus on:

Emissions Reduction
Accountable Cooperations
Fundamental Rights
Clean Air, Water & Soil
Marine Biodiversity

Trainee lawyers will work on one of these topics. We ask that you indicate your preferences and specific knowledge when applying.

Typical tasks on your traineeship

  • Drafting legal opinions and memos
  • Drafting requests for information to government agencies
  • Legal research on environmental law issues
  • Background research on emerging policy issues
  • Attending meetings with NGOs and other stakeholders
  • Taking part in the process of litigation, meetings with external lawyers, etc.

Role requirements

  • Law degree
  • *You must be currently taking part in a Legal Traineeship (Referendariat) in Germany*
  • Knowledge of either Environmental Law / Public International Law / European Law / Administrative Law
  • Fluency (at least CEFR level C1) in English
  • Fluency (CEFR level C2) in German

Further Information

  • Duration of traineeship: At least three months. We can offer placements from October 2024 onwards. Please note that due to capacity reasons it will not be possible to start the traineeship in June/July/August 2025.
  • Time commitment: Around 32 hours/week, depending on the Federal States’ regulation. One day off per week to study.
  • Rate of pay: you will be paid by the Federal State. Rates of pay are set centrally
  • Timeline: We will advertise this position three times a year – in February, June and October. We encourage you to apply at the beginning of your Traineeship, or at least nine months in advance, as places fill up quickly.

Please visit our Careers site for advice on applying, FAQs, and more.

Flexible working: We are proud to be a Flexa accredited Employer. Visit our Flexa Employer page for more information on our approach to flexible working. Our flexible working policy allows our people the choice to decide to work from home in the country where their contract of employment is issued for 80% of their month, with the other 20% of their month being office-based See our Benefits page for more.

ClientEarth values diversity and inclusion and the benefits this brings. We aim to appoint the most suitable candidate at all times and welcome applications from people from all different backgrounds.

Please note that ClientEarth is only able to host those who have the pre-existing legal right to work in Germany.

ClientEarth is not a law firm and does not provide legal advice or legal services to third parties.

Company benefits

20-26 days annual leave + bank holidays
Work from anywhere scheme – see website for more details
Compassionate leave
Open to part-time employees
Open to job sharing
Open to compressed hours
Matched pension contribution
Enhanced maternity leave
Work from home allowance
Teambuilding days
Dog friendly office
Company shutdown periods – winter shutdown
Buy or sell annual leave
Enhanced paternity leave
Cycle to work scheme
In office massages
In office yoga classes
Faith rooms
Salary sacrifice
Annual pay rises
L&D budget
Employees are largely happy with their working location freedom
Employees are largely happy with the flexibility in the hours they work
Employees are largely happy with the benefits their company offers
Work-life balance
Employees feel that it can be hard to find balance at times
Role modelling
Employees feel that most people work flexibly
Employees feel that they can mostly manage how they get their own work done

Working at ClientEarth

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Gender diversity (male:female)


Office locations

London, Brussels, Warsaw, Madrid, Berlin, Beijing, Los Angeles, Luxembourg, Tokyo

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