Externship at the European Court of Justice   

Externship at the European Court of Justice


Applications are due to Professors Tracy Kaye or Catherine McCauliff.  The application is available here for download. More details available below.

European Court of Justice


Applications must be directly submitted to Professor Tracy Kaye or Professor Catherine McCauliff.

The United States Embassy in Luxembourg is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for the Dean Acheson Legal Stage (traineeship/internship) Program in Luxembourg at the Court of Justice of the European UNION for 2017-18.  These stage opportunities for periods of not more than three months are offered to a limited number of students or recent graduates from select U.S. law schools.  Applications must be received by the U.S. Embassy in Luxembourg by April 1, 2017. Each application must include a nomination letter from your law school and be sent as a single PDF file.

Seton Hall Law is proud to be a participating law school offering externships in the Dean Acheson Legal Stage Program at the Court of Justice of the European Communities for recent graduates or third year students. This unique, prestigious program offers traineeships for students from U.S. law schools at the European Court of Justice and the Court of First Instance.

The European Court of Justice is the highest court of the European Union (EU). The EU unites 28 sovereign countries in an effort to reduce economic and social barriers and to create economic development, balanced trade, and fair competition opportunities among the member states.  EU membership criteria requires a stable democracy based on the rule of law, respect for human rights and protection of minorities, market economy and full commitment to "acquis communautaire".

One of the most sought-after internships in the European Union, the Legal Stage Program is an extraordinary opportunity for law school students and recent graduates to engage in substantive research and work with leading European judges and advocates-general from the European Court of Justice and the Court of First Instance. Twelve Seton Hall Law students are former stagiaires.


There are two possible Dean Acheson Legal Stage periods for 2017-2018:

  1. Fall Term (mid-September to mid-December) less than 90 days
  2. Spring Term (mid-February to mid-May) less than 90 days

Some flexibility regarding dates may be possible at the discretion of the Judge or Advocate General to whom the Dean Acheson stagiaire is attached.  Exact dates will be determined by the calendar of the Court. The maximum stage period is three months due to Luxembourg visa requirements for non-EU citizens.


Three types of stage are available:

1.  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 unparallelled 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.  

2.  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. 

3.  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.


No U.S. Government funds are available to assist applicants chosen for Dean Acheson Legal stages.  Dean Acheson stages are unpaid, and the European Court of Justice does not make any funds available to support Dean Acheson stagiaires. Dean Acheson stagiaires are responsible for the full cost of their transportation, room and board while participating in the Dean Acheson stage program.


Questions concerning this program may be addressed to:

Public Affairs Office
U.S. Embassy Luxembourg
Tel. +352 46 01 23 ext 2327
Fax +352 26 27 04 37

Seton Hall Law
Dean Acheson Stage Participants

Beata Safari '17
Ariel Risinger '15
Catherine Savio '15
Yasmine Fulena '14
Anthony Marroney Noto '11
Elizabeth Dawson '05
Eileen Quinn Steiner '01
Christina Eoanna Giallourakis '00
Janine Tramontana '99
Mel Marquis '97
Aurora Rodriguez de Aragon '97
William Matsikoudis '97
Susan Ludwigson '96


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