Our Program has opportunities for students to work for governments or for partner organizations in a variety of developing countries. See below for the specific country opportunities:
Uganda – Justice Sector Internship
For ten weeks, students have the opportunity to intern under leaders in the Ugandan Justice System, including: Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, High Court, and Directorate of Public Prosecution. Typically, 10-12 students are selected for this program. Students live in the capital city of Kampala and assist the judges and prosecutors with their caseloads and with envisioning and implementing systemic reforms. For example, Uganda has recently adopted and implemented a system of plea bargaining as a direct result of a memorandum written by two 2009 summer interns. Students also spend one week of the summer involved in an intensive prison project in a juvenile or adult prison working with American lawyers, Ugandan lawyers, and Ugandan law students on behalf of prisoners awaiting their day in court. Our Program has worked closely with the Ugandan Judiciary, both in the United States through six study tours to Pepperdine of leading judicial officers, and in Uganda.
Rwanda – Justice Sector Internship
As in Uganda, the students spend ten weeks interning with Supreme Court of Rwanda or the Office of the Prosecutor General assisting these institutions with their regular work, and with research papers regarding potential reforms to their justice system under the supervision of Rwanda's Chief Justice and Prosecutor General. Students in the Rwanda program also fly to neighboring Uganda and spend one additional week of the summer involved in an intensive prison project in a juvenile or adult prison working with American lawyers, Ugandan lawyers, and Ugandan law students on behalf of prisoners awaiting their day in court. Typically, 2-4 students are sent to Rwanda each year.
India - Counsel to Secure Justice
Counsel to Secure Justice, located in Delhi, is a nonprofit organization providing free legal services to women and children who have experienced sexual violence. Students work with CSJ on a wide variety of projects. Jon Derby, the founder, is a Pepperdine Law and SGJP alumnus. CSJ has the capacity for 1-3 students in its office; an additional interview with Jon Derby is required during the application process.
South America - Paz y Esperanza
Paz y Esperanza (Peace and Hope) is a Christian human rights organization in multiple South American countries dedicated to defending and promoting justice on behalf of persons and communities living in poverty and affected by different forms of injustice. Legal internship opportunities for our students are in Peru and Ecuador. Conversational Spanish is required, fluency is preferred.
International Justice Mission – Field Office Internship
Pepperdine enjoys a deep and lasting relationship with IJM, and typically 2-4 students are selected by IJM each year. While students must apply directly with IJM, they must also apply to the SGJP, because those selected by IJM are included in our program and are eligible for the scholarships provided by us.
We have partnerships with other organizations around the world and we are open to creating new partnerships. If you are interested in hearing about those opportunities, reach out to Jenna DeWalt for further information. Some of our partner organizations require a separate application process and we cannot guarantee your acceptance.