Law internship course


COVID-19 update: Students can still apply for a self-arranged internship where social distancing arrangements have been put in place. 

Applications 2021




SUMMER - opens 1 October, closes 15 October 2020
SEMESTER 1 - will open Dec/Jan
WINTER - will open April
SEMESTER 2  - will open May/June

Kimberley Aboriginal Justice (KAJ)

SUMMER - not available

Further information


Partnered internships

A limited number of internships arranged by ANU are available with a variety of Commonwealth and Australian Capital Territory government departments, statutory bodies, community legal centres and other non-government organisations. Internships are also available at ANU College of Law Centres, under the supervision of a member of the ANU College of Law.

Many of these organisations receive a large number of applications and only take a limited number of interns. Some organisations may choose not to take any interns from time to time. The ANU College of Law does not and cannot prescribe the way in which a partner agency goes about selecting interns.

Students should conduct preliminary research to ensure that they are aware of the organisation’s functions and goals before applying. Feedback from placement organisations indicates that this is very much a minimum requirement for those seeking selection.

In any given year, internships may be available at the following organisations:-

  • ACT Environmental Defender’s Office
  • ACT Inspector of Correctional Services
  • ACT Magistrates Court
  • ACT Victims of Crime Commissioner
  • Centre for International and Public Law (ANU College of Law)
  • Commonwealth Ombudsman’s Office
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Law Reform and Social Justice program of the ANU College of Law
  • Legal Aid ACT
  • Office of International Law in the Attorney-General’s Department
  • The Treasury
  • Women’s Legal Centre (ACT & Region)
  • Various NGOs.

Self-arranged internships

Due to the limited partnered internship placements available, students are encouraged to arrange their own internship with a suitable organisation and professional supervisor, opening up the possibility to choose organisations and locations that best suit their future career interests, including local or remote locations, or internationally.

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 practicing certificate. In other workplaces the supervisor must be a lawyer, but they do not need to hold a practicing certificate.The research project may receive - but does not require - supervision from the internship host. The internship host has discretion in deciding whether to supervise the research project.

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 work-arounds due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligibility requirements

To enrol in the internship course you must be studying the Bachelor of Laws and have completed or be completing five 1000 level LAWS courses, or be studying the Juris Doctor and have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ANIP3003 Australian National Internships Program Internship A or ANIP3005 Australian National Internship B, unless it is credited to a non-law degree.


There is no requirement for a set amount of time to be spent in the workplace. However, a reasonable requirement would be one day per week during semester placements and the equivalent if the internship is undertaken intensively. Ordinarily this will be a minimum of 12 full days. Interns are encouraged to meet with their professional supervisor regularly to obtain feedback on the progress of their research and to spend time in the workplace undertaking tasks separate from the research paper.


The main piece of assessment in the internship course is a research paper. Ideally, the research paper will be informed and enriched through the intern’s workplace experience and interactions with the professional supervisor and professional colleagues. We expect that the intern and professional supervisor will discuss and agree on the research topic. 

As each intern has a different workplace experience, their performance in the workplace is not assessed directly. Assessment details are available on the Class Summary published two weeks prior to each session or semester offering.

Information for Hosts

 Hosts and supervisors should refer to Information for Hosts.

Updated:  10 August 2015/Responsible Officer:  College General Manager, ANU College of Law/Page Contact:  Law Marketing Team