STÁŽ: Competition/Antitrust Intern/Trainee

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Brussels, Belgium

Hours: Full-time/Fixed-term contract


Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, a preeminent international law firm, has an immediateopening for a legal intern/trainee in its competition practice in Brussels to assist in particular with work on several ongoing cartel cases.

Applicants should be English native speakers or be able to demonstrate native-level written and spoken English during the interview process.

Candidates should have finished their first (undergraduate) law degree and have completed an LL.M. Preference will be given to applicants who are already admitted to practice in an EU country. Work experience as a stagiaire in DG COMP at the European Commission, in an EU Member State competition authority, or in the European competition practice of an international law firm, as well as a strong academic focus on competition law is highly desirable. Hand-on experience in EU cartel cases would be a definite plus.

The successful candidate will be engaged as an intern on a six-month, fixed-term contract with the possibility of renewal. The position is available now.

Cadwalader’s Brussels office provides leading advice on all aspects of EU law and policy. Our focus in particular is on antitrust: merger clearances, market dominance, cartel defense and state aid, spanning a wide range of industry sectors. We represent clients before the Directorate-General for Competition of the European Commission, in the European Courts in Luxembourg, before the competition authorities of the EU Member States and in the courts in EU Member States. The successful candidate will be relied upon to be involved in many aspects of a wide variety of EU competition law matters.

The existing team in the Brussels office forms part of the firm’s highly-regarded cross-jurisdictional Antitrust Group. The Group’s members are ambitious, entrepreneurial, collegial, hard-working and strive for excellence in all their endeavours. It is an essential requirement that our interns share these qualities and are able to fit in to the existing team seamlessly.

Essential skills and experience

  • A very strong academic record; including solid undergraduate credentials, and an LL.M. completed in a different country/language to the undergraduate degree, with an academic focus on and a demonstrated specialisation in EU competition law;
  • Native speaker level in both spoken and written English; additional European languages a definite asset;
  • Experience at a European competition authority a plus;
  • Previous internships in a law firm EU competition practice a plus;
  • Strong written, interpersonal and oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to be a creative thinker while working under pressure;
  • An existing right to work in Belgium. Candidates who do not hold an EEA citizenship should only apply if they alreadyhold a Belgian immigration status which allows them to be either employed in Belgium on a short-term employment contract (if not admitted to practice law) or, self-employed if already admitted to practice. Non-EEA nationals should explain their immigration status clearly in their application.

How to apply

Please do notapply if your profile does not match the specifications above.

Please send a formal covering letter in English of no longer than one page highlighting why you believe you are suitable for this role. Please clearly state your date of availability in your covering letter.

Along with your covering letter, please include a CV in English and scans of all academic transcripts, as well as any written references you may have from previous internships in the competition law field.

Non-native English speakersshould apply only if their command of English is of near-native level. They should provide detailed information on their level of English according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, in the format used in the language section of the standard Europass CV template, and include scans of certificates for all English language exams completed.

Your completed application should be sent by email, with all the relevant attachments, to in the Brussels office.

Closing date: No closing date, but interviews for this position have already started and applications should be sent as soon as possible.