Law Internships and Work Experience Placements in Ghana
Participants in this internship opportunity will be provided with all legal and soliciting training relating to criminal and civil law adjudication in Ghana and Africa more broadly. This program provides an opportunity for students considering law school to work within a law firm, to observe what lawyers actually do in their daily activities, and to perform a variety of tasks that will help them determine if they have the desire, capabilities, and temperament that it takes to be a lawyer. Most of the law firms within which interns are placed have more than 30 years’ experience and expertise, and their lawyers are well known and reputable among the country on all aspects of the law. Their attorneys cater for problems regardless of any geographical location.
Interns are assigned to either one or two attorneys in the trial division for whom they are to complete all investigative aspects of the assigned cases. One of the most highly recognized legal internships in Africa is Ghana’s Criminal and Civil Law Internship Program. It has been described as one of the finest pre-law experiences available and has been consistently ranked as one of the most hands-on internship programs.
Depending on the student/intern’s abilities, here are potential responsibilities:
Locating and interviewing witnesses
Meeting with and interviewing clients
Assisting attorneys by collecting
Reviewing and assembling data for presentation to support cases and complainants
Taking detailed witness statements
Performing extensive criminal background checks
Serving subpoenas, photographing and diagramming crime scenes
Preparing courtroom exhibits
Preparing memorandum regarding investigative activities
Assisting with case development
Generally assisting the assigned attorney(s) in and out of court
• Earn international experience in criminal and civil law in a volunteering program in Ghana.
• Determine whether you have the desire, capability, and temperament to become a lawyer.
• Undergo legal and solicitation training related to criminal and civil law.
• Spend a few weeks in Ghana and live with a local family.
No previous experience is required for this program BUT oral and written communication skills in English are required. Strong Interest in advocacy, criminal and civil justice.
Location of OGVO Volunteer/Intern Programs
We have volunteer and intern work placements in both urban and rural areas in Ghana including Accra, Koforidua, Kumasi, Cape Coast, Kwamoso, Salt Pond,Swedru,Tepa, Boaben-Fiema, Bibiani, Boako, Wassa Akropong, Wale Wale, Mampong, Asafo, Buduburam, and many more.
Start Dates and Durations
We pride ourselves for our flexibility. Volunteers or interns can arrive any day of the year with advanced notice. You can volunteer or intern for periods of 1 week to 6 months. Extension can be arranged with advanced notice as well.
OGVO Program Prices
Our fees are extremely affordable as compare to other organisations. Our program fee starts as small as US $250. Program fees mainly help us cover the variable costs, such as food, accommodation, airport pick-up, placement, program orientation, etc. Program fees vary according to the length of your program. To see program fees and what it covers, please click here
ACCOMMODATION & MEALS ARE INCLUDED
Volunteers on this program will be accommodated with a local host family, and will gain the opportunity to become immersed in the local culture and custom, improving their knowledge of the people, culture and language. Ghanaian families are renowned for their kindness and hospitality and they love to learn about different cultures. Living with a local family truly is the best way to throw oneself into the local culture and to meet people who will often become lifelong friends!
All families have been fully vetted by our team and have extensive experience hosting international volunteers. Bedrooms are private but generally shared with volunteers of the same gender. Volunteers will be provided access to a shared bathroom. Generally, your host brother, sister or mother assist you with your laundry but it is not an obligation, learn to wash your clothing’s with your hands in several buckets, enjoy the sun drying your clothes and odor the African fragrance in your clothes.
Host families will provide volunteers with breakfast, lunch and dinner during the working week.
Breakfast is usually ready by around 7am; however you can eat later if you prefer to get up late. Lunch is usually packed by your host family in a lunch box so that you can eat at your project if you wish. Dinner is usually served around 6pm.
If you have special eating needs, you can indicate that while applying. Even though special eating needs are not something we can guarantee, we will do our best to meet your needs.
It is important to remember that the living conditions in Ghana are different from home. Most families have running water, but hot water is still uncommon in some areas. Although the accommodation is basic, this is part of the challenge and experience of volunteering in a developing country. With a little patience, and a flexible attitude, you will quickly get used to your new surroundings.
Working days and hours
You will work 5 days a week, leaving you two free days (Saturday & Sunday) to explore the area. You’ll work around 8 – 11 hours per day.
During weekends Volunteers/Interns have the opportunity to visit all that Ghana has to offer. Weekend trips available include visits to Mole National Park in the Northern Region of Ghana. This National Park offers a great Safari-like experience and is one of the biggest Elephant Sanctuaries in Africa with the chance to spot Lions, Leopards & Antelopes in their natural habitat. Volunteers can also take a trip to Cape Coast in the Central Region of Ghana to relax in the beautiful beaches and see the famous Cape Coast castle, the Kakum Canopy walkway and Elmina castle, where slave trade begun.