Students

contrast offers talented and motivated law students the possibility to gain work experience

Pop your knowledge!

Looking for an instructive and unforgettable experience? At contrast you’ll be at the right place! As a third-year Bachelor’s Degree student or first- or second-year Master’s Degree law student, you can apply for a traineeship at contrast.

@ contrast

contrast is a niche player focusing on these practice areas:

competition & EU law

  • Horizontal agreements
  • Cartels
  • Vertical agreements
  • Abuse of dominant position
  • Merger control
  • State aid
  • EU law

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corporate & business law

  • Corporate law
  • Mergers & acquisitions
  • Corporate restructurings
  • Corporate governance
  • Business and Finance
  • Commercial contracts
  • Strategic & development co-operation
  • Commercial litigation
  • Mediation
  • Arbitration

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privacy & data protection

contrast has a team of experienced lawyers, advising international and domestic companies on all privacy and data protection matters

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compliance programme

Snappy animated cartovies, hands-on workshops, to-the-point guidelines and an effective monitoring tool

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Make your choice

contrast offers several traineeships.

Summer internship

Join our team for one summer month (July, August or September 2018)

Winter internship

Join our team for one winter month

Academic internship

Internship in collaboration with several universities

Research assistant

Assist our team with legal research during the academic year (one or two days per week)

Junior associate

Join our team as a junior associate

Experience our culture

contrast aims to make a difference for its lawyers and clients. Read more about our mission.

Practice and learn

We offer high quality and representative internships. Learn more about our way of working:

Team

We rely on a solid team approach and assemble a dedicated team based on the specific needs of each case. Each member of this team, including the trainee, is assigned a specific task, based on their expertise and experience. Team approach allows us to handle even the most complex legal matters in an efficient manner. This approach ensures a also a direct involvement of each team member which enables trainees to learn on the job and to improve their skills. As part of the team, our trainees will be invited to join our team events, seminars and trainings.

Clients

We advise and represent international and domestic companies, private and publicly-held, in all aspects of their business dealings. Our team has a broad experience in assisting clients active in various sectors.

Cases

contrast assists its clients with independent and specialized competition & EU,
corporate & business law advice, and provides full conflict management support. We have the experience necessary to handle even the most complex cases.

Academic activities

Our team regularly publishes in leading law journals and with renowned legal publishers. contrast also organizes law seminars which take place at least four times a year. We are also present at several universities as lecturer and as sponsor. Besides client work, interns will be involved in those various office projects.

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Training

As part of the team, our trainees will  be invited to join our team trainings and seminars. Furthermore they will be involved in the everyday practice of our firm. They will receive regular feedback on their input so that they develop their skills to a maximum extent.

Coaching

We value a personal approach. Each trainee is assigned to one of contrast's lawyers who is the trainee’s buddy and first point of contact. All trainees are given the opportunity to work together closely with contrast's other associates and partners in the practice area of their choice. Furthermore a personal program is elaborated for each trainee.

Opportunities

The internship is designed to give a trainee an introduction to the type of work performed in our law firm. Trainees will gain first-hand knowledge of how contrast as a law firm functions. It gives trainees also the opportunity to apply what they have learned in university and to build a strong foundation for achieving their career goals. Long after an internship with contrast, we are still in contact with our alumni interns, offering support along their educational and professional journeys. Trainees return from their internship with invaluable work experience and an extensive professional network. 

Need proof?

My summer internship at contrast has shown me what the job of a corporate lawyer entails. The entire team put great effort in providing me with experience and insight on every part of the job. I got to work on several cases, all very interesting and challenging: at contrast, the summer interns are full members of the team. I got the room to work independently, but the constant feedback and availability for questions made sure I developed and learned as much as possible and was never left on my own. Apart from being professionally enriching, my month at contrast was also enjoyable thanks to the great atmosphere and team-spirit in the firm. If you want to learn what working in corporate law looks like, I definitely recommend an internship at contrast.

VICTOR – SUMMER INTERNSHIP 2017

The experience of a contrast internship is one to be recommended to all students interested in either corporate or competition law or both. Not only will you be challenged from the first day to show both your knowledge and soft skills in interesting and demanding cases, you will also be able to experience the dynamic combination of a hardworking and quality-delivering environment and an amicable team spirit. Being part of such a knowledgeable and passionate team for one month is an added-value to all students. contrast truly does make a difference.

MICHIEL – SUMMEr INTERNSHIP 2017

Being a summer intern at contrast means instantly becoming a full – albeit temporary – member of the team. I got to attend team meetings and client consultations while working very closely with various members of the team. This not only allowed me to follow-up the wide range of cases I was involved in, but also provided a unique learning experience in a welcoming work environment. To me, it proved to be the perfect introduction to professional life. It was an absolute privilege to experience firsthand the daily life at contrast and it is therefore an opportunity I highly recommend.

Laura – summer INTERNSHIP 2016