Calling Hong Kong Law Students: Summer 2019 Legal Fellowships Are Open

March 25, 2019
Category: Recruitment


Justice Without Borders: Hong Kong Legal Fellowships Summer 2019

Justice Without Borders (JWB) is welcoming applications for the Summer Legal Fellowship programme in our Hong Kong office. Applications are due on 5 April 2019. Please click here for more information.

Fellows will engage in legal projects on behalf of migrant workers who have been victims of labour exploitation and abuse, covering Hong Kong and other countries in the region. As a Fellow, you will take on an active role in one or more projects that may include preparing cases for potential litigation, strategic legal research to support future litigation, and preparing and participating in training workshops. You will also have the opportunity to coordinate with partners across the region, including Indonesia, the Philippines and Singapore.

Please note that the Fellowship is a professional engagement, with students treated as junior staff in the organization. While experience with migrant worker issues is a plus, it is not required. We are looking for students who are interested in our issue area, self-motivated, can work in a team, and are not afraid to take on new challenges outside of their comfort zone.

About Justice Without Borders

JWB is a regional not-for-profit organisation that supports migrant workers who have been victims of labour exploitation or abuse to seek fair compensation, even after they return home. With offices in Hong Kong, Singapore and Indonesia, we connect clients with pro bono lawyers, and facilitate cross-border legal support to ensure access to justice for vulnerable migrant workers wherever they are.

In Hong Kong, with our pro bono lawyers’ support, we have recently secured a groundbreaking court decision allowing our client to attend Labour Tribunal proceedings through video conferencing facilities from abroad, and are continuing to develop strategic litigation that will enable more migrant workers to pursue cross-border legal claims from Indonesia and the Philippines.

Candidate Qualifications

Time commitment

Summer Fellowship (Mid-May to End of August 2019):

  • Full-time
  • 8 hours/day, 5 days/week in JWB office
  • Priority will be given to those who can commit a minimum of 6 weeks.

If you have a day / time conflict but would still like the opportunity to apply for the Fellowship, please indicate your available dates and time commitment in your email to us.

Required skills

  • Fluency in English with strong written and oral communications skills;
  • Strong legal research and writing skills;
  • Ability to work well in a team, managing tasks assigned to the entire group;
  • Strong organizational skills: ability to manage multiple tasks with different deadlines;
  • Good time management skills;
  • Self-directed: ability to take initiative and actively address issues that come up in the flow of work;
  • Have their own laptop with Microsoft Office products, and ability to communicate via web applications (email, calendar) throughout the day; and
  • Professionalism: JWB treats its Fellows as professionals and entrusts high levels of responsibility in them accordingly.

A note about the job scope

  • As we are an NGO (not a law firm), Legal Fellows will be expected to assist in administrative, logistical and non-law related tasks from time to time.
  • We may require your presence for 2-3 hours at a time, at 1 or 2 trainings conducted on Sundays or other weekdays, during your Fellowship.

Desirable but not required skills

  • Speaking, reading and writing ability in: Bahasa Indonesia, Malay, or Tagalog
  • Graphic design and layout skills
  • Photography skills
  • Knowledge of web site and social media tools, including WordPress, Twitter, and Facebook

This is an unpaid fellowship.

To Apply

Please submit a one-page statement of interest, a CV and a writing sample of no more than 10 pages to Justine Lam at and Nanor Wong at Please indicate your available time period for the Fellowship.

Applications are due on 4 April 2019. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by 12 April for an in-person interview.

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