There are 1300 law schools in Brazil each producing new graduates every year. The increase in graduates over the last thirty years has meant stiff competition for newly minted Brazilian LLBs. One way that recent graduates can stand out from the crowd when seeking out their first position is through an internship.
For the most part, internships are a mandatory part of law school coursework. Law school takes five years in Brazil, with internships normally taking place in the fourth or fifth year of study. These internships can take place in a range of environments. Although law firms are most common, increasingly students are looking to placements in corporations as salaries in the in-house departments improve. It is also possible to undertake an internship at a government agency or court.
Students who put a lot of thought into their internship have an enormous advantage when it comes time to go on the job market. Unlike summer placements in the United States, Brazilian internships normally involve fewer hours for a longer period of time, sometimes a year or more.
Ricardo Tosto is an attorney and jurist based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. His firm, Ricardo Tosto & Associates, is internatinally recognized as a leader in dispute resolution. Ricardo Tosto is also an authority on electoral and labor law.
As the managing partner of Ricardo Tosto & Associates, he has guided many young lawyers and law students in their career. Ricardo Tosto believes that it is incumbent on every lawyer to advance the cause of the profession by sharing knowledge with one’s colleagues.