Traineeship programme


The EFTA Court offers stipends for up to 8 traineeship posts annually. The programme targets in particular young professionals and advanced students at the final stages of their university education.



1. Traineeship periods and application deadlines

The traineeship is for a duration of 2-4 months depending on the needs of the Court and the wishes of the successful candidate. As a main rule, traineeships will be offered within two periods:


  • from 15 January to 15 April (deadline for applications: 15 November)
  • from 15 September to 15 December (deadline for applications: 1 July)


The successful candidates will be appointed to one of three Judges’ cabinet of the Court. The Cabinet will be responsible for providing the trainee with assignments.



2. Selection procedure

When selecting trainees, the Court will have regard to the following factors:


Educational background and professional experience

Applicants for a traineeship in the Judges’ cabinets should either have a law degree or be in the final stages of completing a university degree in law (LLM or equivalent). Specialization in EU/EEA law is an asset. Relevant professional experience is an asset for all posts.


Language skills

Fluency in written and spoken English (the working language of the Court), is a prerequisite. Good working knowledge of the following languages is an asset: French, German, Icelandic, Norwegian.



Between otherwise equally qualified candidates, preference will be given to candidates from the EEA/EFTA States i.e. Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway. In their applications, applicants may specify whether they are primarily interested in being assigned to one specific Cabinet.


Please send your CV and an application letter to


Candidates shall enclose a certified transcript of their University records.


Financial compensation and other conditions


Trainees will receive a monthly stipend of 2.800 €.


Trainees cover their own accommodation costs, but the Court can be of assistance in finding appropriate accommodation at an affordable price (studios, rooms in apartments etc.)


Full details on financial and other conditions will be supplied to the successful candidates.


For further information on the programme, please contact the Court’s Registry at