Please send your current resume or CV and a cover letter setting out your plans for moving to Israel and any other information you feel we should know to Alan Sacks (firstname.lastname@example.org). We will not contact current or former employers without your approval.
We are looking to recruit the best and the brightest students to come and join us as interns. Our ideal candidate will have top grades and the commitment and motivation to work hard to succeed.
On joining HFN, our interns are assigned to one of our practice areas where they will immediately become involved in several different files. Interns work closely with experienced lawyers and partners who supervise their work and are responsible for their training. Interns are treated as an integral part of the team, performing real work while giving them an opportunity to learn and develop at every step.
In addition, we have an unrivalled in-house training program in which interns are given the chance to learn about all of the different practice areas in the office. During their first 6 months, interns will attend a series of lectures given by partners at HFN on a wide variety of topics, aimed at making sure that all of our interns get a broad legal education covering all of our work and not just their assigned practice area.
Qualifying as a lawyer in Israel may involve a set of preliminary exams (‘Dinei Yisrael’), an internship period and sitting for the Israeli Bar exam. However, the exact requirements depend on the jurisdiction in which you are qualified and the amount of post-qualification experience that you have. For more information, please see the Israel Bar Association website (www.israelbar.org.il).
We are always looking for motivated qualified lawyers from outside Israel who are moving to Israel, especially those from the USA, the UK, Canada and Australia. We are keen to recruit talented and experienced lawyers who can help us develop our international practice in a wide variety of practice areas.
We are particularly interested in lawyers who have experience in the fields of corporate, M&A, hi-tech, banking and finance or corporate securities.
As far as I am concerned, the decision to become an intern at HFN was influenced by a number of factors: first of all, HFN has a leading reputation, as well the breadth of its practice area, both in Israel and overseas, having approximately twenty different departments, each having an expertise in different areas of the law, such that for a potential intern at HFN, the possibilities are considerable.
In addition, my assumption was that for a law firm which represents many of the key figures in the Israeli market, and which has a “hands on” involvement in some of the most important transactions and law suits in Israel, the legal work would be stimulating and sufficiently diverse for me to reach a well based conclusion at the end of my internship, regarding the future prospects open to me.
My internship at HFN was in the litigation department. The role of an intern in this department (which is one of the largest departments at HFN), is very diverse and includes, for example, the drafting of documents for court, conducting legal research and preparing legal opinions. The litigation cases, in which I was involved during my internship, concerned a variety of civil and commercial matters, including tenders, internet law, large contractual law suits, defamation, expropriation, arbitration, intellectual property etc.
Generally speaking, each litigation case at HFN involves a partner, associate and an intern. Even though the intern, as in every office is responsible for procedural and administrative work, nevertheless, I made an important contribution to a number of cases, beginning with the preliminary stage when the key arguments were considered and decided upon, through the stage requiring legal research and up until the stage of drafting the court documents.
The predominant amount of my work within HFN’s litigation department was in fact far more legal in nature, and as such, I was given a significant amount of responsibility. In this regard, I was involved in the cases assigned to me, throughout all of the relevant stages, including meetings and subsequent direct contact with clients, as well as participating at the court hearings. As such, I was given the opportunity to learn “first hand” exactly how a litigation case is handled, from the beginning to the end.