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Office of Legal Affairs
Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and the Legal Counsel of the United Nations: Mr. Miguel de Serpa Soares

Job Openings

Job openings at the Office of Legal Affairs are managed by the United Nations Office for Human Resources Management.  For more information on available vacancies and guidelines for application, please visit the UN careers website at https://careers.un.org.


The Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) offers an internship programme primarily to university students and recent university graduates in the field of law and occasionally in other areas of study such as administration and information technology.  The internship candidates must:

  • be enrolled in a graduate school programme (advanced university degree);
  • be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor’s level or equivalent); or
  • have graduated from a university degree programme and commence the internship within one year of graduation.

Admission to the OLA internship programme is highly competitive. Interns are normally requested to undertake tasks in connection with the ongoing projects under the supervision of a legal officer in OLA.  In determining the intern’s assignment, due consideration is given to the nature of the projects currently being undertaken in the Office and of the purpose of the internship as expressed by the intern.  The programme has a minimum duration of two months and a maximum duration of six months.

Interns are not financially remunerated by the United Nations.  Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation, and living expenses are under the full responsibility of the interns or their sponsoring institutions.

The internship programme is advertised for application at the beginning of January, May and September.  For details on specific internship opportunities, please review the OLA internship job openings advertised on the UN careers website at https://careers.un.org.

For more information about the United Nations internship programme in general, please read the administrative policies in ST/AI/2014/1.