Club Schjødt is our offer to academically interested and engaged students. We believe strongly in teamwork. Club Schjødt places great emphasis on creating a place for friendly and informal relationships, where we can learn from each other and make each other better. Through membership in Club Schjødt you will be part of a strong community sharing an interest for law, and you will receive highly attractive offers:
- Every term Club Schjødt offer Club Schjødt study groups. In Oslo, there are study groups in the subjects "Forvaltningsrett og EØS-rett (Administrative Law and EEA Law), "Formuerett I" (Law of Obligations I) and "Straff og prosess" (Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law). In Bergen, there is a study group in "Allmenn Formuerett" (Law of Obligations and Property).
- Club Schjødt frequently offer dedicated and flexible project trainee engagements for talented students. Previously, students have assisted Schjødt lawyers high profile engagements, such as in cases for the Supreme Court, including the Grand Chamber.
- Regular trainee engagements are offered by Club Schjødt all year round. The deadlines for applications is 15 January, 1 March, 1 September and 15 November. Some members of Club Schjødt, who has already been taking part in other Club Schjødt activities, will even be offered traineeships without the need for an application.
- Each year Club Schjødt members are invited to a professional get-together ("fagdag") where you get the opportunity to get to know our dedicated lawyers and discuss and learn about the many different fields of law they are working with. This is an excellent opportunity to explore your own interests.
- Club Schjødt offer talented students with a specific field of interest of law to apply for a mentor among our dedicated lawyers.
- All Club Schjødt members have access to our database for master thesis topics. Further information is given on the Club Schjødt members' Facebook group.
- Club Schjødt offer Schjødt scholarships for writing your master thesis. You will get a working place at our offices and guidance from our lawyers as well as a scholarship of NOK 30,000 per term.
- Club Schjødt regularly invite students to discuss their master thesis with us, so that we can exchange academic views and provide tips and input.
- Club Schjødt regularly invite members of Club Schjødt to attend courses and lectures held by our lawyers. Further information is given on the Club Schjødt members' Facebook group.
- As Schjødt is recognised as a top ranked litigation firm, every year six students represent Club Schjødt in the Nordic Human Rights Moot Court Competition. This is approved as an elective (godkjent valgfag) with 10 credits at UiO. The final is in June, in one of the Nordic capitals. The judges are judges from the ECHR and from the Nordic Supreme Courts, and you will receive guidance from one of the foremost litigation environments. The language is Norwegian.
Applications for Club Schjødt
Are you considering becoming a part of Club Schjødt? If you want to become a member, please apply by using the link below.
Several of our offers are subject to specific applications. Read more about the specific offers and file an application at the respective subsections below. Any such application for will automatically also be considered for a general membership in Club Schjødt.
Club Schjødt activities
Club Schjødt "get-together"
What field of law would you like to work with? This is a big question for many law students. At the same time, few students really know a great deal about all the different fields of law being practiced in a full service top-tier firm like Schjødt. Would you like to know more about all the exciting work possibilities? Even if you already have figured out your favorite area of law, would it not be very valuable to get to know the particular lawyers who work within this field of law?
This is the reason that Club Schjødt, each year invites all Club Schjødt members to a professional get-together ("fagdag") – an excellent the opportunity to get to know our dedicated lawyers and discuss the many fields of law they are working with, to explore your own interests, or to develop contacts with our highly skilled experts. As mentioned above, through Club Schjødt some students are even offered a possibility to have a designated mentor.
Club Schjødt's "get-together" is also a brilliant opportunity to discuss potential topics for your master thesis with our experts. As part of the event, we will also give general advice on writing of master thesis. All Club Schjødt members will also get access to the Club Schjødt database of tips for master thesis topics – topics that are relevant and practically important.
Concluding the event, we invite you all for a social gathering with other Club Schjødt members as well as some of our younger lawyers.
Club Schjødt mentor
Some of the talented members of Club Schjødt with a specific interest for a particular field of law will be offered a mentor among our dedicated lawyers. In this way you may establish a relation to one of our highly skilled lawyers, who can provide insight and advice on how to achieve your professional aims.
As a point of departure, mentors will be offered to members of Club Schjødt that have already taken part in one of Club Schjødt's other activities.
As a point of departure, mentors will be offered to members of Club Schjødt that have already taken part in one of Club Schjødt's other activities, but anyone is welcome to register their interest by applying here.
If you wish to experience what it is like to work as an associate in a top-tier firm like Schjødt, you should apply for a traineeship with us. You will be taken care of by a dedicated fellow associate sponsor ("fadder"). As a trainee you will get varied and exciting assignments and challenges, on the same level as our associates. You will be given work tasks all across our practice areas, including participation in client meetings and negotiations, draft legal documents, memoranda, formal letters and agreements and often also trial preparation and participation. All internships are paid, and normally last from 4 to 6 weeks.
We receive interns throughout the year in our offices in Oslo, Bergen, and Stavanger. By the time they work you work as an intern, you will normally have reached at least the third year. However, as our internships are very popular, one might consider applying some time in advance of your intended stay.
The deadlines for applications is 15 January, 1 March, 1 September and 1 November. Simply apply here.
Dedicated project trainee
Some talented members of Club Schjødt are offered dedicated and flexible project trainee engagements.
We are continuously trying to explore new possibilities for talented Club Schjødt members. Previously students have assisted Schjødt lawyers in cases for the Supreme Court, including a case for the Grand Chamber. One student has assisted us with our work in connection with a case scheduled for the ECHR Grand Chamber. Another student assisted the Bar Association's committee on Criminal law and Criminal Procedure, helping the committee preparing the consultative report on the new law on Criminal Procedure (the committee is chaired by a Schjødt lawyer, and another Schjødt lawyer is a member of the committee). As a further example, a student worked as a project trainee on a high profile property development case, catching great attention in the industry, as the case was being tried for the Court of Appeals. The same student then got a Club Schjødt master thesis scholarship writing her master thesis on this particular subject. We are continuously seeking to establish brilliant opportunities like this for talented Club Schjødt members.
During an engagement as a project trainee, the working arrangements will normally be highly flexible and extend over some time, thus offering the student great freedom of work. As the student is allocated to only one case or one particular project, the student gets the opportunity to perform in-depth work and acquiring in-depth knowledge, as well as the opportunity to work closely with specific and dedicated Schjødt lawyers.
Club Schjødt Study Groups
Based on the success of previous study groups, Club Schjødt each semester offers three study groups the opportunity for sparring and guidance from our talented and committed lawyers.
Club Schjødt study groups are an add-on offer for talented and academically engaged students, aiming to be an inspiration for the studies of the respective subjects. We adapt the program together with the chosen students, and will of course take into account the students' need for time to follow regular lectures. The program will be based on the students' independent activity, but we will provide a framework and contribute as a knowledge base, a source of inspiration and as sparring partners, and will provide some of our best mentors.
Oslo - deadline for applications: postponed until 7 September
Study groups in Oslo is offered in the following topics:
- Forvaltningsrett og EØS-rett, 4th year UiB
- Allmenn Formuerett, 4th year UIO
- Straff og prosess, 4th year UiO, 4th year UiO
Bergen - deadline for applications: 25 March
Study groups in Bergen is offered in the following topic:
- Allmenn Formuerett (Law of Obligations and Property), 4th year UiB
We normally host about four to five sessions during the semester. For the 4th year study group we also aim to give the study group an opportunity to be involved in a case for the District Court, the Court of Appeal or even the Supreme Court. The study group usually consist of 3-5 students. Applications are considered individually, but we may even consider including a whole study group already established by students.
Thomas Horn, Halvard Helle and Thomas Frøberg are responsible for the study group in Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure and Criminal law. All are admitted to the Supreme Court, and work in Schjødt's litigation department. Halvard Helle has been a defense lawyer appointed by the Supreme Court ("fast forsvarer for Høyesterett"), and is the chair of the Bar Associtation's Committee on Criminal Justice and Criminal Procedure. Thomas Horn holds a doctorate on Criminal Procedure and Human Rights from UiO, has been a member of the Bar Associtation's Committee on Criminal Justice and Criminal Procedure, and has extensive teaching experience in the area. Thomas Frøberg has solid experience from his previous positions at Riksadvokaten (the Director of Public Prosecutions), as a judge in Borgarting lagmannsrett and at the secretariat of the European Court of Human Rights. He also holds a doctorate in law, and has extensive teaching experience.
Responsible for the study group in Formuerett I (Law on Obligations I) is Erlend Haaskjold and Thomas Frøberg. Erlend Haaskjold is a partner in the litigation and dispute resolution practice group. He was admitted to the Supreme Court in 2003 and has extensive experience in all forms of dispute resolution. He has for many years been teaching in the Faculty of Law in Oslo, and he has authored the textbook Obligasjonsrett – en innføring. Thomas Frøberg holds a doctorate in law, is admitted to the Supreme Court, and has extensive teaching experience. The study group will also receive good and committed guidance from our lawyers Andreas Johansen, Edvard Stulien, Anders Ødegård and Tore Fjørtoft.
Responsible for the study group in Forvaltningsrett og EØS-rett (Administrative law and EEA Law) is Thomas Nordby, Tore Fjørtoft and Johanne Førde. Thomas Nordby is admitted to the Supreme Court, and has also litigated several cases before the EU- and EFTA court. He is specialised within competition law, public procurement, energy law and holds wide experience with public regulations.. Tore Fjørtoft has in-depth expertise in administrative law, and holds a doctorate from UiO. He has specialised in business law disciplines, such as company law, contract law, tort law, property law, restructuring and insolvency law and EU/EEA law. The study group will also receive good help and guidance from Johanne Førde.
Egil Horstad and Thomas A. Dale are responsible for the study group in Allmenn Formuerett (Property Law). Egil Horstad is admitted to the Supreme Court and works with dispute resolution, restructuring and insolvency, contract law and generational shifts in business settlements. Egil is appointed permanent administrator for bankruptcy estates by and for Hordaland City Courts, and has been the administrator of several major bankruptcy estates. In addition, he has extensive with assisting companies, banks and other creditors in major restructuring operations. Egil is also an experienced chairman of boards. He has for more than two decades been an external examiner, teaching supervisor and lecturer at the University of Bergen and other educational institutions. Thomas A. Dale has extensive experience with international/ cross border financing, such as ships/rigs/offshore vessels, offshore activities, oil service, shipyards, real estate and other projects, assets and businesses. His work includes structuring of loan transactions, drafting and negotiating contracts, hereunder loan and security documentation, for bilateral as well as syndicated financing (including export financing), primarily for the banks.
Moot Court Competition (Prosedyrekonkurransen)
Schjødt is recognised as leading within litigation. Each year, six students get to represent Club Schjødt in the Nordic Human Rights Moot Court Competition. Most students that have taken part of this have agreed that this was the best experience in their entire law study.
The Nordic Moot Court Competition for Human Rights is a competition where the topic is the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). The competition is held every year, during parts of the spring term. In February / March a written submission is made. The oral finals are in June, in one of the Nordic capitals. The judges are the five Nordic judges from the ECHR, as well as judges from the Nordic Supreme Courts. Participants use Norwegian as their language. Key persons in our litigation environment are supervisors for Club Schjødt. The team is given office work space at our premises during the work on the competition, and participation is approved as elective (godkjent valgfag) with 10 credits at the University of Oslo (JUS5041 - read more).
As a participant you will receive:
- Approved elective of 10 credits.
- Close follow-up and guidance from one of Norway's foremost litigation environments.
- Opportunity to learn procedural technique and legal method.
- Workplace at Schjødt during written and oral preparation and opportunity to get to know the lawyers in our firm.
- Opportunity to litigate in front of European Supreme Court and ECHR judges during the competition.
- Great professional and personal development, friends for life and lots of fun!
- The winning team will also have the opportunity to fight in the European final before the ECHR in Strasbourg.
Scholarship for master thesis
A significant number of Schjødt lawyers holds a doctorate in law (dr.juris/phd),and Schjødt is recognized as a leading law firm with high professional and academically standards. This combination of practical knowledge and scholar merits makes for an ideal environment for writing your master thesis. We are therefore proud to award the Club Schjødt Scholarship to talented students writing a master thesis over one or two terms (30 or 60 stp). The grant is of NOK 30,000 per term. We provide the grantee with access to an office, our law databases and library, free canteen and mentoring by our attorneys specialising in the relevant area of the law. During the scholarship period, the grantee will also be invited to all in-house professional and social events, and be part of our firm.
Scholarships will most often be offered to members of Club Schjødt that have already taken part in one of Club Schjødt's other activities, but anyone is welcome to register their interest by applying here.
Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis. However, any application should be made in due time before the relevant term for writing the thesis.
Master thesis presentation
Are you already writing a master thesis? Club Schjødt regularly invite students to discuss their master's theses with us, so that we can exchange academic views and provide tips and input. Typically, the presentation will be for 30-45 minutes, including inputs and ideas from our lawyers working in the particular field of law. Sometimes Club Schjødt also invite students to visit us in the start up phase, to discuss a possible topic for their thesis or the possible outline/structure of such a thesis. Please apply here.
Each term, in collaboration with Elsa Oslo, Schjødt arranges pre-exam lectures at UiO. The lectures are held by experienced lecturers and take place at Schjødt in Ruseløkkveien 14, Oslo.
New dates and links for registration for lectures at Schjødt will be posted here. You may also consult Elsa Oslo's Facebook pages.