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Ref ECB/TR/048/07
Business Area Legal Services
Directorate / Division Legal Advice Division

The Legal Advice Division of the Directorate General Legal Services of the European Central Bank (ECB) is seeking applications for its Legal Internship Programme.

The Directorate General handles all legal issues concerning the ECB. In particular, this includes providing advice on the legal aspects of the regulatory and institutional framework of the ESCB and the legal and contractual aspects of the operational framework of the Eurosystem, as well as addressing issues related to the interpretation of the Treaty establishing the European Community. The Directorate General ensures the cooperation of the legal services of the national central banks and prepares the ECBís Opinions when the ECB is consulted by Community institutions or national authorities on draft legislation falling within the ECBís field of competence. It also provides legal advice to the ECBís management on administrative matters and may represent the ECB in court.


The successful applicants will contribute to the tasks described above and, in particular, to the provision of legal assistance in matters related to financial law (in particular banking and capital markets law) and institutional law.

They will be assigned a supervisor but will be expected to work mainly on their own initiative.

Qualifications and experience

The internship is aimed at candidates who have recently graduated from university or are undertaking a postgraduate degree course. The following qualifications are required:

  • a law degree obtained in an EU Member State;
  • a very good knowledge of Community law or a very good knowledge of financial law (in particular banking and capital markets law), but preferably both;
  • an excellent command of spoken English and drafting ability in the English language, as well as a working knowledge of at least one other official language of the EU;
  • advanced PC and word-processing skills.

Priority will be given to applicants who:

  • have finished, or are finishing, a doctoral thesis in a field of direct relevance to the work of the Directorate General; or,
  • have published material related to the European Union or have proven records of study or work in fields of law which are of direct relevance to the work of the Directorate General;
  • have a law degree or financial expertise relating to more than one legal system.

Term of internship / Closing date

The internship will initially be for a period of 3-4 months.

Starting date: from January 2008.

Candidates must be nationals of an EU Member State and must provide evidence that they have medical insurance cover for the period of the internship.

For further information about the terms and conditions, please see the "Internships" page.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted online in English. The online form can be accessed by clicking on the relevant link below. All sections should be completed. If you have never applied electronically for one of our positions, please read our Applicants' Guide, which can be downloaded from the FAQs & Help page.

Candidates should also submit a detailed curriculum vitae, a complete record of undergraduate and postgraduate studies (with a list of courses and grades), and letters of recommendation from the applicantís supervisor or faculty members. The above documents should be uploaded as a single .doc or .pdf file.

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