Sunday, 16 Jun 2019

Internship Program

As part of its mission, SALIGAN promotes alternative lawyering and participates in the formation of law students. This is done primarily through SALIGAN’s Internship Program.

SALIGAN started its year-long internship program in June 2005. A total of eight students (6 females and 2 males) from the University of the Philippines and the Ateneo de Manila University participated in the program. These interns were involved in the different programs being implemented by the units. Before they were assigned to the different units, they underwent a one-week orientation of Alternative Lawyering and SALIGAN programs and activities. Lectures on Gender Sensitivity and Popular Education were also part of their orientation. After the orientation, they were assigned to the five units of Saligan to assist in the implementation of the activities. During the semestral break, they were also sent to the communities to be immersed and exposed to the conditions of the sectors that SALIGAN is working with. The interns’ experiences are processed and reflected on after every major activity such as the immersion.

Saligan’s internship program, aside from being a breeding ground for future alternative lawyers, provides a different experience and venue for law students to use their talents and skills, and in so-doing, contributes to the empowerment of the marginalized sectors. By far, the interns find the program a venue where they draw meaning and inspiration to their academic learning.

The Program accepts interns every year. Application for the program begins every March. After screening and interview, successful applicants are notified usually in mid-April. The program ends in March of the following school year but the interns have the option to continue the program until they graduate in the law school.

Join Our Internship Program

If you are a second- or third-year law student, make a contribution as an intern for two years at SALIGAN. Here’s how:

  1. Attend our one-day forum. Inquire at our office on how we can conduct an introductory seminar for interns at your law school. At this forum, we’ll talk about SALIGAN’s extensive work in alternative law, what you can do and how to apply.
  2. Get interviewed. Applicants will be screened prior to selection. You’re qualified if you are willing and open to be trained as an alternative lawyer in the future, and report for work at our office at least four hours a week.
  3. Attend the orientation.  Attend the three-day orientation on the laws and issues affecting women, the labor, peasant and urban poor sectors, local governance, the environment, among other issues. And one day gender sensitivity training and another one day for the popular education training.
  4. Join our immersion program. Participate in an intensive five-day immersion program with other law students at SALIGAN’s areas of operation. You will also be attending the orientation and post-immersion seminars after your stay with the basic sectors and local communities we work with.
  5. Get a unit assignment. Interns will be assigned to a specific unit among our five programs for women, workers, farmers and fishers, the urban poor, and local governance. After six months with your assigned unit, you will possibly be transferred to another unit for another six months.
  6. Learn more outside the classroom. You’ll be exposed to continuing seminars to enhance your university knowledge and skills, and more importantly, deepen your commitment to developmental law. Also, with your assigned unit, you’ll be supervised and trained in drafting pleadings, legal consultations, and court appearances.
  7. Write and research. You’ll work on research projects on the administration of justice for the basic sectors. We want your input and insight on legal cases, our publications, and paralegal training.
  8. Teach others, too. You’ll assist us as researchers, resource speakers, facilitators, or popular educators when we conduct paralegal education seminars to grassroots leaders and members of people’s organizations.
  9. Be an advocate. We want your assistance in our advocacy campaigns. You will draft laws or ordinances, and formulate policy or position papers.