Nigeria Legal Internship Program

Please note that the NLA is not currently accepting applications.

The NLA’s Nigeria Legal Internship Program, which was initiated in 2008, is intended to provide NLA members, as well as law students, law graduates and attorneys of Nigerian descent residing in the United States, with an opportunity to intern with participating law firms and other law-related organizations in Nigeria. Law students and lawyers who are particularly interested in emerging markets, oil and gas, project development and finance, property law, human rights and jurisprudence in developing nations will benefit greatly from this opportunity. In addition to the exposure to Nigerian law and practice that interns will gain from the program, the program will also foster professional relationships between interns and legal practitioners in Nigeria. The program is in line with the NLA’s mission of promoting legal education and professional development in the law.

Participating Organizations

Participating organizations include distinguished Nigerian law firms. In the past, internship opportunities have been available at:

Aluko & Oyebode-The law firm of Aluko & Oyebode, one of the largest integrated law firms in Nigeria, is offering a paid internship in its Lagos office this summer.

Established in January 1993, Aluko & Oyebode has tremendous experience in capital markets/mergers and acquisitions, real estate, banking and finance, energy and natural resources law, dispute resolution, litigation and arbitration, telecommunications, and intellectual property/information technology. In 2010, Who’s Who Legal named Aluko & Oyebode the Nigerian Law Firm of the Year. Further, the firm is also rated “top tier” by IFLR1000 and Chambers Global.

This internship is an excellent opportunity to gain world class legal experience in an international setting. Detailed information about the participating organizations and available internships may be accessed by clicking here. Law firms and organizations interested in participating in the internship program should send an email to

Eligible Participants

NLA members, as well as law students, law graduates and attorneys of Nigerian descent residing in the United States are eligible to participate in the program. Law students must be enrolled in a U.S. law school. Law graduates must be graduates of a U.S. law school.

Applying for an Internship Position

To apply for an internship position, applicants must submit a resume and a cover letter addressed to the participating organization to

Applications must be received on or before the applicable deadline specified by the participating organization for the internship position. Applicants must submit a separate cover letter for each application. Although certain participating organizations have indicated their preference for attorney, law graduate or law student applicants, unless otherwise indicated, such indications of preference do not preclude applications by other categories of applicants.

The NLA will forward applications to the relevant participating organizations upon receipt. Participating organizations will email applicants to acknowledge receipt of their application. Participating organizations may contact applicants directly to request additional documents to facilitate their review of applications. Participating organizations may also arrange to interview applicants by phone or video conference and are expected to notify applicants of their decision as soon as possible. It is important to note that submission of an application does not guarantee placement.

Successful Candidates

If an application for an internship position is successful, the participating organization will negotiate any specific details and logistical matters directly with the applicant. With respect to contributions towards travel expenses to Nigeria, compensation, housing, transportation and any other form of support during the internship program, please note that the policies of participating organizations vary. Please review the information we have provided via our internship page regarding each participating organization’s policy on these matters. Interns are solely responsible for reporting any income earned from the internship to all relevant tax authorities. Depending on the policy of the participating organization, applicants may be solely responsible for their travel expenses to Nigeria, as well as housing, transportation and living costs during the duration of their internship with a participating organization.

Through the generous support of Arik Air, successful candidates are eligible for a discounted roundtrip airline ticket from New York to Lagos, Nigeria.

Upon completion of the internship, participating organizations are expected to issue applicants letters confirming their participation in the NLA’s Nigeria Legal Internship Program.


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