Networking Event Improves Job Prospects for 16 Young Law and Sharia Students

Last week, current interns of different judicial institutions in Balkh province met for a professional networking celebration in Mazar-e Sharif
The event provided a platform for professional exchange where interns could share their experiences and impressions. Moreover, they had the opportunity to discuss career options with lawyers from university and legal institutions. The Afghan-German Cooperation’s project for the promotion of the rule of law (RoL) organised and financed the preceding internships as well as the networking activity.

At the end of last week, 16 female students from Balkh University received their certificates for completing a three-month internship. The young women spent this time at different judicial institutions such as the Afghanistan Independent Bar Association (AIBA), courts, the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) and the Department of Women’s Affairs (DOWA).

The participant Ms Parwin Nabizada stated: “That internship is a good opportunity for law and Sharia students to gain practical experience bedsides theoretical lessons. I learnt how to deal with many legal topics in practice. I became familiar with the framework of legal institutions and how a defence lawyer needs to work.” “I could also improve my connections and relationships; that will help a lot to find a job after graduation.” another participant, Ms Roshana Sarwary, added.

Finding a job after graduation is a big challenge for young graduates from Law and Sharia faculties. Thus, the project RoL works with Law and Sharia faculties in the Northern Provinces in Afghanistan. For instance, the project organises internship programmes, especially for female students. Internships provide insights in daily professional activities of various legal institutions and thus increase access to employment. In addition, the project enhances the implementation of practical courses to the university’s curricula. 

The Afghan-German Cooperation’s project RoL supports various internship programmes for young graduates and students shortly before their graduation. The internship programmes take place in the Afghan provinces Badakhshan, Baghlan, Balkh, Kunduz, Takhar and the country’s capital Kabul. Since 2015, around 200 interns attended internship programmes supported by RoL, a majority of these were young women. Many participants found a job afterwards, thanks to their new professional connections and practical experiences. Two of these young women are working with the Ministry of Justice in Kabul today; others work at the prosecutor’s offices, national and international civil society organisations and other judicial institutions.

On behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Afghan-German Cooperation has been working together with the Afghan government to promote the rule of law in Afghanistan. Since 2003, the project Promotion of the Rule of Law (RoL) has been supporting the Afghan Ministry of Justice in its efforts to ensure access to justice for all citizens. Improving the professional capacity of justice sector staff includes the support of Law and Sharia faculties of State Universities in the Northern Provinces in order to improve learning conditions and to strengthen capacities of future lawyers.