Law internship course

Internships

2019/2020 APPLICATIONS

Partnered

SUMMER SESSION 2020 - NOW OPEN

Open: Monday 16 September 2019
Close: Friday 18 October 2019

KCLS internships

SUMMER SESSION 2020 - NOW OPEN

Open: Wednesday 25 September 2019
Close: Thursday 31 October 2019

Self-arranged internships

OPEN ALL YEAR

Further information

The ANU College of Law's internship course (LAWS4230/6230) offers students an unparalleled opportunity to put their learning into action and carry out a law-based research project in a legal professional workplace. The course requires and develops both legal knowledge and a lawyer's approach to problem identification, analysis and recommendations.

Eligibility requirements

An application process exists for the law internship course. To apply, click on the relevant Apply button above. 

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.

Partner agencies

Limited internship placements arranged by ANU are available within 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 Law School 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 Human Rights Commission
  • ACT Inspector of Correctional Services
  • ACT Legislative Assembly
  • ACT Magistrates Court
  • ACT Victims of Crime Commissioner
  • Australian Year Book of International Law
  • Centre for International and Public Law (ANU College of Law)
  • Civil Liberties Australia
  • Commonwealth Ombudsman’s Office
  • 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
  • Parliamentary Library
  • Women’s Legal Centre (ACT & Region)

Kimberley Community Legal Service (KCLS)

Kimberley Community Legal Services (KCLS) Inc. is a non-profit civil law legal service located in the Kimberley, Western Australia. This independent community legal service offers legal advice, information, support and representation to the people of the Kimberly, WA.

An internship at KCLS can be undertaken in either Kununura or Broome in WA, or on campus at ANU at the ANU-KCLS Hotdesk.

In 2020 students will also have the option of undertaking a clinical course at the ANU-KCLS Hotdesk.

North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA)

NAAJA is able to offer volunteer and intern placements to law students and graduates looking to gain paralegal experience in our Criminal, Civil and Law & Justice Projects Teams and in office locations across the Territory.

Interns must commit to a volunteer placement of at least one month with NAAJA as the organisation takes the view that a shorter period does not allow enough time for interns to gain useful experience and contribute meaningfully to the work of NAAJA.

In the criminal section, volunteers are exposed to a busy practice and will work with dedicated and experiences lawyers across a diverse range of matters including in the Local Court, Supreme Court and with bush Courts.

Working with the civil section will expose volunteers to a wide variety of work including housing, statutory compensation schemes, child protection, welfare rights, police and healthcare complaints and adult guardianship.

In the Law & Justice projects section NAAJA is involved in a range of innovative justice programs including the Bilata Legal Pathways Program, the Student Court, Community Legal Education, and support for Cultural Authorities (Elder groups) in communities and in the preparation of law and policy submissions.

Please go to NAJJA for more information. Students will need to apply directly to NAJJA and, once approved by NAJJA they must complete the self-arranged internship form to ensure they are enrolled in the LAWS internship course.

Self-arranged internships

Students may 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. The professional supervisor of an intern must be a lawyer.

Due to the limited placements available for partnered internships, students are actively encouraged to seek out their own internship opportunities. Self-arranged internships are usually approved, provided the requirements of the course are satisfied. 

Self-arranged internships are undertaken at a time during the year which is suitable for both the student and the organisation, enabling students to complete placements in remote locations in Australia or internationally.

Internship Briefing Notes are available on the LLB and JD Wattle program sites. The Briefing Notes contain detailed information about the internship. The Briefing Notes need to be provided to a student's Supervisor prior to commencement, or can be used if more information about the course is required by an organisation.

Apply using the self-arranged application form.

Workload

The ANU Law School encourages interns 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.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.

Indicative assessment

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, and this will be recorded in the Memorandum of Understanding.

As each intern has a different workplace experience, their performance in the workplace is not assessed directly. However the experience of interns in their workplaces, and in planning and delivering a significant research project, can be captured in the Course Report which requires the interns to write reflectively about their experiences.

Memorandum of Understanding

The student and professional supervisor must complete and sign a Memorandum of Understanding (also known as a student agreement). The student must submit the signed MOU within two weeks of commencing the internship. In this two week period the student should be able to discuss and settle the research topic with their professional supervisor. The agreement sets out the basic responsibilities of the intern and the supervisor.

Briefing Notes

Internship Briefing Notes are available on the LLB and JD Wattle program sites.

The Briefing Notes contain detailed information about the internship. The Briefing Notes need to be provided to a student's Supervisor prior to commencement, or can be used if more information about the course is required by an organisation.

Key dates

Students undertaking self-arranged internships will enrol in the session/semester best suited to their internship dates.

Summer Session 2020

Interns advised

no later than Friday 15 November 2019

Interns start from

Monday 18 November 2019

Interns finish by

Monday 28 February 2020

Semester 1 2020

Applications open Monday 28 October 2019

Interns advised

no later than 8 February 2020

Interns start from

Monday 24 February 2020 (ANU Week 1)

Interns finish by

Friday 29 May 2020 (ANU Week 12)

Winter Session 2020

Applications open Monday 6 April 2020

Interns advised by

Monday 18 May 2020

Interns start from

Monday 1 June 2020 (depending on exam dates)

Interns finish by

Friday 24 July 2020 (Semester 2 O'Week)

Semester 2 2020

Applications open Monday 20 April 2020

Interns advised

no Later than Friday 10 July 2020

Interns start from

Monday 27 July 2020 (ANU Week 1)

Interns finish by

Friday 30 October 2020 (ANU Week 12)

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