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Energy Law Institute

Mentoring and Internships


CCLS has a mentoring scheme under which leading practitioners based in London, such as judges, partners and senior assistants in law firms and senior in-house counsel, provide one to one guidance to designated students. The mentor is a source of guidance and advice on all manner of professional matters, including career decisions. The mentoring scheme provides a unique opportunity for our students to tap into the knowledge and experience available in the London legal scene and to network. Great effort is made to link mentees with mentors who are appropriate to the relevant student. The pool of mentees is well served with mentors from the energy sector.


The Institute arranges each year between 15-20 internships for our students (serving 50% of students in any year on average). These internships are usually undertaken towards the end of the academic year. They range from short-term (1-3 weeks) ‘business introduction’ appointments through to longer-term work experience assignments of 3 months and more. Many of our members (See details of our Members below) participate in the scheme, in addition to some corporates and institutions.

Organisations offering internships have included:

  • Clifford Chance
  • Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Dentons
  • Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Freshfields
  • Ashurst
  • The Energy Charter Secretariat
  • The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

The Energy Law Institute itself takes 2-4 interns each year to assist the Institute with its work including organising events, conducting research and writing articles.

Demand far outstrips supply for these internships but we aim to accommodate most students.