What is STEP?

The Student Trainee Exchange Programme (STEP) is ELSA’s own traineeship program that makes it possible for law students and young lawyers to gain working experience abroad. STEP Traineeships are an outstanding opportunity to gain practical legal experience and plunge into the culture of another country. Our traineeships can last between 2 weeks and 2 years and can take place in any law related area. Most of the trainee destinations are located in Europe.

STEP is exclusively available for ELSA members. Applying itself does not cost anything.

Where and when can I apply?

The application period takes place twice a year, in spring and in autumn. The next application period will start on the 5th of November 2018. The traineeships will be published on ELSA International’s webpage where you can also find more detailed introductions and fill out your application. You can apply for a maximum of three different traineeships at the same time.

If you have any questions concerning our program, please contact the Vice President STEP in Turku: vpstep(at)