Three types of stage opportunities are available:
With a Judge of the Court of Justice
The Dean Acheson stagiaire works in the chambers of a judge of the Court of Justice in association with his or her referendaires (law clerks). The stagiaire is expected to assist the judge and his or her referendaires as required. This experience offers an unparalleled opportunity to gain insight into a judicial process characteristic of the European Court, but very different from the American approach, involving a high degree of intellectual teamwork. Strong French language skills are essential.
With an Advocate General of the Court of Justice
The Dean Acheson stagiaire works in the Chambers of an Advocate General of the Court of Justice in association with his or her referendaires. The stagiaire takes part in the research and writing of the Advocate General's opinions, an experience most akin to a traditional U.S. judicial clerking experience. Advocates General prepare their opinions in their native language. The stagiaire, therefore,needs to have the language skills appropriate to the Advocate General who selects him or her. A reading knowledge of French is required.
With a Judge of the General Court
The Dean Acheson stagiaire works in the chambers of a Judge of the General Court, assisting him or her in connection with cases before the General Court. Candidates for this stage should have a strong background in antitrust/competition law. A reading knowledge of French is required.