The ANU College of Law attracts exceptional students who are passionate about justice and using their knowledge to make a positive contribution to the world. Whether you are a local, national or international law firm, government agency, non-government organisation, legal aid, legal advocacy or community law provider, peak body or sole practitioner, engaging a student intern can add research capacity and enhance your day-to-day operations.
For students, interning is a chance to learn from leaders in the profession, gain experience in the broad spectrum of practice, and deepen an awareness of potential career opportunities.
For hosts, it is an opportunity to mentor and shape the next generation of lawyers, engage with fresh perspectives, ideas and innovation, and evaluate potential future talent. In addition, it is an opportunity to develop lasting relationships and enhance your profile with gifted and committed students. Further, it helps internship hosts increase their familiarity with the research and teaching expertise at the ANU College of Law, opening creative avenues for longer-term institutional collaborations.
Internships are flexible and enable students to be hosted in operational face-to-face roles or virtually in a research-intensive capacity. Each intern will be supervised by a professional supervisor and supported by the Course Convenor and the ANU College of Law Careers and Employability team.
Becoming a host partner with the ANU College of Law allows organisations to have access to a consistent and reliable source of interns without having to manage direct applications or enquiries from individual students.
Internship host registration form
The ANU College of Law invites organisations to register to host a law student intern over Summer (22 November-14 February), Semester 1 (21 February to 27 May), Winter (1 June-22 July), Semester 2 (25 July-28 October) and Spring (03 November to 09 January).
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Frequently asked questions
- What are the learning outcomes for the internship?
Upon successful completion, LLB (Hons) students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Write clearly and coherently in a professional context;
- Work under professional supervision, and gain useful background in the way a legal professional thinks and works in a legal professional workplace and the way that workplace operates;
- Analyse, consolidate and synthesise broad theoretical and professional knowledge through legal research to identify and propose solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence;
- Exercise critical thinking and judgment in the context of developing advanced professional knowledge; and
- Plan and execute a written research project with some independence.
Upon successful completion, Juris Doctor students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Identify, plan, manage and execute a substantive and original written research project addressing a complex problem, and do so independently, and to a high professional standard appropriate to the professional setting.
- Demonstrate persuasive and inclusive written and oral communications skills appropriate to specialist and non-specialist audiences, and a given professional setting.
- Integrate and apply multiple areas of legal knowledge, skills and professional values gained throughout the JD program.
- Recognise and apply JD graduate attributes such as, but not limited to: an extended understanding of recent developments in law and its practice; high level research skills; high level conceptualisation; the ability to generate and evaluate complex ideas; legal technical and communication skills; a reflective and ethical approach, and high level personal autonomy and accountability.
- Reflect on and review key elements of a growing professional and ethical identity by, for example, naming and debating specific interests, interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence, and career motivations and aspirations.
- Recognise and apply improved legal skills particularly relating to work expectations, routines, professional conduct rules and ethical practice, in one specific professional work context.
- Describe, analyse and critique how advanced knowledge and skills acquired through the study of law are brought to bear in a specific way for a particular purpose in one legal work setting.
- Identify, describe, and reflect on their workplace experiences individually and in collaboration with students and work colleagues, particularly in terms of their own professional growth.
- What sort of projects can interns undertake?
The nature of the work conducted by the intern will depend on the organisation. It is expected that host organisations provide an experience that is authentic noting that the type of work for each intern will vary from placement to placement. Interns may spend time shadowing members of staff in various roles, contributing in an assisting capacity to a range of administrative or operational activities.
Interns may also be asked to participate as a team member on a research project for the duration of the internship that may be an ongoing project or one that is completed during the internship. Interns may be assigned to an individual research project working under direction, which can be completed during the internship. Alternatively, the placement may be a combination of any or all of these activities.
- How are the students selected and matched with host organisations?
The ANU College of Law will manage the application process based on the host’s professional needs and requirements. Hosts can register their internship opportunities for each application round via CareerHub. The ANU College of Law will advertise these opportunities to students and hosts will be provided with a shortlist of the best applications. Hosts have the freedom to select their intern(s) from this shortlist. Hosts may also elect to conduct interviews with their preferred candidates to help with the decision-making process.
- What qualification does the professional supervisor need to have?
All interns must be supervised by a professional supervisor. In a private sector workplace the supervisor must be a lawyer with at least three years post admission experience who holds a current practising certificate. In other workplaces, the supervisor must be a lawyer but they do not need to hold a practising certificate.
- What is the role of the professional supervisor?
The professional supervisor is responsible for supervising the activities of the student during the internship and in ensuring learning outcomes of the internship are met in accordance with the expectations and protocols of the workplace, the legal profession and the ANU. They are not required to supervise the student's research paper unless they wish to.
- What are the legal requirements for the program?
The host organisation and their interns are required to sign the ANU College of Law Internship Agreement which, among other things, addresses Intellectual Property (IP), confidentiality, insurance and the obligations of all parties. The relevant agreement will be forwarded to the host organisation as they engage in the Internship Program. An ANU College of Law Internship Agreement can last up to five years and for an unlimited number of interns.
Should a host organisation wish to provide payment to the student, a non-ongoing/temporary employment contract will need to be negotiated between the host organisation and the student. Where a student is employed for the duration of their placement, a slightly different ANU Agreement, which clarifies the obligations of all will be required in order to accurately reflect the student's role within the organisation.
All students undertaking an internship are covered by ANU insurance that includes professional indemnity, general product liability, personal accident and travel.
- What is the workplace commitment required?
For Semester One and Semester Two, an equivalent of one day per week (for 12 weeks) should be spent in the workplace. Internships can be undertaken intensively during non-standard sessions (Summer, Winter and Spring). The distribution of hours for the internship is negotiable between the internship host and the student.
- Can an internship be undertaken remotely?
Yes. Where it is not possible for the student to undertake an on-premises or in-person internship, a remote internship can be arranged. This includes special arrangements that may be implemented to manage the COVID-19 pandemic.