While almost all law students know the importance of gaining ‘real world’ experience during their degree, there are few opportunities that can provide the kind of experience offered by the World Bank in addressing fraud and corruption in developing countries.
That’s the view of ANU College of Law student, Kieran Pender, who was awarded the University’s World Bank scholarship, and spent his summer break working as a Fellow with the Bank’s Special Litigation Unit in Washington D.C.
Under the guidance of a Senior Litigation Specialist, Kieran was assigned to an international legal case, where he was required to assist in the detection and investigation of fraud and corruption in Kazakhstan.
“Working as a Fellow with the World Bank was an incredible experience," Kieran said.
“Assisting on cases in countries around the world was eye-opening, and I saw first-hand the terrible negative impact of corruption on development.
“As a Fellow, there’s no hand-holding – I was immediately given challenging and substantive work for a collusion case being prepared by the Bank,” Kieran said.
The World Bank Scholarship, which is one of the most prestigious offered by the ANU College of Law, offers students the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C, and work as a Fellow with the World Bank Special Litigation Unit for two months.
As part of their day-to-day work, Fellows are required to draft key legal documents, review evidence, assist Special Litigation Unit lawyers, and partner with investigative teams on specific cases.
As with any other World Bank employee, Fellows are expected to participate in open debates between the representatives of different legal systems, and contribute to solutions that take the World Bank’s international legal framework into account.
The successful applicant is supported by a scholarship of $15,000 to assist with offsetting the costs of travelling to and living in Washington D.C.
Applications for the Scholarship for a Fellowship with the World Bank Group's Integrity Vice-Presidency close 29 April 2016. The Scholarship is open to current Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Laws (Honours) or Juris Doctor students. To find out more, attend the Information Session on Tuesday 19 April.