The Student Trainee Exchange Programme (STEP) is the international legal internship programme of ELSA and also ELSA’s oldest Flagship Project.

It enables law students and young lawyers to gain legal work experience in foreign jurisdictions. Through STEP, ELSA members can gain first-hand legal work experience at a variety of organisations such law firms, banks, courts and other public and private institutions in different jurisdictions, in and even outside of Europe.

STEP provides a cross-cutting picture of the true diversity of the legal profession as STEP Traineeships may be offered at any organisation active in the legal sector. In the autumn application cycle of 2019, ELSA provided over 250 STEP Traineeship vacancies at over 170 Traineeship Providers operating in 33 different countries in- and outside of Europe.

ELSA members may apply for free for STEP Traineeships.

Recently, STEP has also enacted the possibility to partake in such experiences in a remote manner. Consequently, STEP complements the general recruitment schemes of organisations by providing them candidates matching their specific needs and interests.

The details of and requirements for each STEP Traineeship vacancy are explained in the publication of the vacancy during the application periods (in spring and autumn – follow our social medias to stay up to date!) and on the STEP website.


Visit or contact Shrisha Sapkota, our Vice President for STEP, at