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Escapes and opportunities: Is YLIP right for you?

By Laura MacLean November 9, 2018 9 November 2018

Escapes and opportunities: Is YLIP right for you?

 

Since high school, I’ve dreamed of having a dynamic, international career in human rights. I loved the idea of filling up my passport with stamps, learning dozens of languages and becoming a respected, unapologetic advocate for social justice. However, the stress of law school showed me I need to be near my family and friends. An international career was not in the cards for me after all. Still, I often fantasized about lighting my bar materials on fire and getting on the next flight to anywhere.

The Young Lawyers International Program is perfect for someone like me.

My craving for adventure came to life again while I was searching for post-articling work, and found out YLIP was recruiting. The program places 32 interns in ten different countries to work in law reform, human rights and access to justice for six months. I applied, underwent the rigorous interview process, and was placed at Lawyers for Human Rights in Durban, South Africa. Before you could say “Nelson Mandela,” my flights were booked, my bags were packed and I was off.

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