Josh Abrams, USA / June 2006
Education: J.D., University of Georgia (expected completion, May 2008), B.A. in History, Emory University, 2004
I did not know what to expect before I arrived at Heskia-Hacmun Israeli Law firm; not only was I about to begin my first legal internship, but it would also be in a foreign country where I only had a minimal knowledge of the language. I assumed that I would be simply filing and photocopying papers. While a number of my friends had already visited Israel and I kept myself abreast of Israeli news, I still expected Israel to be a developed but largely monolithic country full of old relics and sights.
Instead, from day one Heskia-Hacmun Law office challenged me with a broad spectrum of international law. The firm gave me responsibility on a number of projects that few law students will ever see interning at an American law firm. I drafted and edited contracts, motions and affidavits while also researching issues in Israeli, American, English and European law. I also gained hands on experience with the Israeli legal process. I accompanied members of the firm to court proceedings, filings of motions and legal research throughout Israel.
Heskia-Hacmun did not just give me a number of learning opportunities in Israeli and international law, they also ensured that I enjoyed my stay in Israel. I had ample time to visit Jerusalem, Haifa, the Dead Sea and Massada. The firm’s collegial environment allowed me to befriend a number of the attorney’s in the office, which helped me not only see the tourist side of Tel Aviv and Israel, but also get an insiders look at Tel Aviv. I discovered that Tel Aviv is an international city comparable to New York, London or Paris, with a population from all ends of the earth, and an exciting cultural scene and night life. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to intern at Heskia-Hacmun Law firm. I not only gained valuable experience in the practice of international law, but I also had the chance to live and travel throughout a fascinating and diverse country.