Since the establishment of MYLA, one of the key activities is to provide legal education and training to young lawyers as one of the ways to strengthen their capacity and practical legal skills. In addition to training young lawyers, we provide appropriate training in the field of human rights to government institutions, judiciary, municipalities, lawyers, civil society organizations, as well as to citizens. MYLA’s legal education program is strategic and it includes modules focused on human rights protection and the fulfillment of the principle of the rule of law, as well as a systemic approach to organizing events. This improves the quality of our legal education activities to help our beneficiaries acquire knowledge and gain relevant practical skills.
Macedonian Young Lawyers Association aims to strengthen the contribution of young lawyers in advancing the legal profession and achieving the principle of rule of law and protection of human rights. MYLA realizes its mission by providing continuous education and support to young lawyers who participate in project activities that improve their legal expertise.
Internship Program for young lawyers
MYLA started implementating the Internship Program in March 2015, in order to strengthen the professionalism and build the capacity of young lawyers. The Program provides practical work for young lawyers to learn and become competitive in the labor market, and offers trainings that help them gain additional knowledge and skills.
Internship program 2015-2017
The Internship Program in started in March 2015.
In the period from 2015 to 2017, 392 young jurists successfully completed the Internship Program and had the opportunity to gain practical legal experience through two months of internship in 23 judicial institutions, 19 law offices and 5 professional associations- in 13 cities in our country: Skopje, Tetovo, Gostivar, Kicevo, Debar, Struga, Ohrid, Bitola, Prilep, Kavadarci, Stumica, Stip and Delchevo. During this period, 28 basic and advanced human rights training sessions were conducted for young jurists. After the evaluation of the interns who successfully passed the Internship Program in the period 2015-2017, 71% of the respondents stated that the internship program helped them achieve competitiveness in the labor market. During this period, the Internship Program was implemented under the USAID Human Rights Protection Project.
Internship Program 2018 – ongoing
The internship program resumed implementation in October 2018 and includes the following:
Quarterly practical work – Training on the following topics:
Practical legal skills and basic ethical values of the legal profession
Job search skills in the legal profession
In the period October 2018 – March 2020, 99 young lawyers successfully implemented the Internship Program and gained practical legal experience through two months of internship. The program was implemented in 15 law offices, 7 basic courts, 1 appellate court, in the Supreme Court of RNM, the Administrative Court of RNM, the Commission for Protection against Discrimination, and in the 3 offices of the Ombudsman- in 8 cities across our country. 10 training sessions were conducted featuring the above-mentioned topics. After the evaluation of the interns who successfully passed the Internship Program in the period 2018-2019, 79% of the respondents stated that the internship program helped them achieve competitiveness in the labor market. The Internship Program is implemented under the project “Strengthening the professionalism, competence, and integrity of young jurists in Macedonia” supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Skopje.
October 2020 – December 2020
January 2020 – March 2021
April 2021 – June 2021
September 2021 – November 2021
HELP DESK for young lawyers
Since 2018, MYLA has established a HELP DESK for young lawyers in order to provide an ongoing job search or internship support including assistance with preparation of a CV, a cover letter, and/or a job interview. Also, a database was created containing information on vacancies and internship / volunteer opprtunities for young lawyers, as well as information on training sessions and workshops in order to strengthen their capacity. The purpose of this office is to connect with young lawyers looking to work with law firms, companies, offices and organizations.