14 January, 2014
Till January 20, students of law, who want to use knowledge acquired in university and to obtain work experience, have been invited to apply to competition for trainee’s position in the Department of Administrative Cases of the Supreme Court.
Veronika Krumina, the Chair of the Department of Administrative Cases grounds initiative of the department both with desire to support clever, determined youth by providing an opportunity of the first practice to them and with interest of preparation of reserve of judges’ assistants timely.
A candidate is required to have knowledge of Latvian and English, French or German languages, understanding about court system and administrative procedure, good interaction and communication skills, independence within decision-making, responsibility and initiative.
Practice will last for 6-10 months, and the student will work part-time job. Main duties will include preparation of reviews on case-law, on judicature of the European Court of Human Rights and the European Court of Justice, preparation of drafts of rulings and preparation of responses to applications.
Salary has not been offered during practice, but opportunity to practice in the court of the highest level, experience and understanding about court system and administrative procedure, opportunity to supplement theoretical knowledge and to use it in praxis and to receive reference at the end of training, which will be valuable entry in prospective lawyer’s CV and an advantage in labour market, will be student’s acquisition.
The Department of Administrative Cases launch students’ training project last year, when five third-year students of the Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia, selected in competition, were invited to practice for six months. Each student had his/her own practice supervisor – the judge. Gatis Bardins, the judge’s assistant, helped to master general fundamentals of work of judge’s assistant First students’ practice came to an end successfully.
Having ended her practice, Santa Dmitrijeva received an offer to continue to work in the Department of Administrative Cases in the office of the judge’s assistant. She has is satisfied about it and mentions several benefits more. Firstly, when passing selection competition in several turns and filling in voluminous test to receive a place, it was an opportunity to attest knowledge in administrative law and administrative procedure and to get satisfaction about assessment of her knowledge. Secondly, practice is expedient to understand work of the court, which, as Santa indicates, would be useful to everyone, when developing career related to judiciary, especially in advocacy. Thirdly, practice refreshed and significantly improved knowledge in administrative law and administrative procedure, which will be useful in studies and career, and in life. Fourthly, during practice it is possible to acquire skills of independent work and joint cooperation with colleagues. “And, fifthly, which seems valuable to me, during practice I got acquainted with interesting people and I work in good, responsive and clever collective”, Santa evaluates.
Information prepared by
Rasma Zvejniece, the Head of the Division of Communication of the Supreme Court
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