Information for hosts

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Dr Anthony Hopkins
Director - ANU Law School Clinical and Internship Programs

A message from the Director

ANU Law School attracts exceptional students who are passionate about justice and using their legal learning to make a positive contribution in 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.

Benefits of hosting an intern from ANU

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 ANU Law School, opening creative avenues for longer-term institutional collaborations.

ANU Law Internships are flexible and enable students to be hosted in operational face-to-face roles or virtually in a research intensive capacity.

Please contact us for further information or register your interest.

Become a host partner

Becoming a host partner with ANU Law School allows organisations to have access to a consistent and reliable source of interns without having to deal with direct applications or enquiries from individual students. Interns are latter year LLB and JD students with excellent GPAs who are matched to an organisation they have a particular interest in.

Hosts partners are under no obligation to take an intern in any given period. The Law School will confirm with partners prior to advertising places to students for an upcoming semester. Even if a host opts in for an application round they still have the freedom to choose to host one, all or none of the interns put forward to them.

Registrations for Summer and Semester 1 2021 are now open

ANU College of Law invites organisations to register to host a law student intern over the Summer period (December, January, February), or in Semester 1 (February to June).

Please read the FAQs for more information.

Internship length

Interns are encouraged to spend time in the workplace environment 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 length would be one day per week during semester (12 weeks), or the equivalent if the internship is undertaken during a session (intensively).  

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.

Professional supervisor

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.

Professional Supervisors are not required to supervise the student's research paper  unless they choose to.

Internship Agreements

The host organisation must sign the ANU College of Law Internship Agreement which, among other things, deals with Intellectual Property (IP), confidentiality, insurance and obligations of all parties.  The relevant agreement will be forwarded to the host organisation as they engage in the Internship Program. An ANU Student Internship Agreement can last up to 5 years 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.

Frequently asked questions

  • What are the learning outcomes for the internship?

A major component of the internship is completion of a law-based research project (3200 words). The internship is designed to provide an opportunity to realise the potential real-world application of their university studies.

 
  • What sort of research projects can interns undertake?

Example research projects

  • The Justification of International Sanctions Through Legal Principles. An Analysis of State Practice Regarding UN Security Council Sanction.
  • Better AI Administration and the Role of Soft-Law Agencies.
  • Towards Reducing ATSI People’s Incarcerations Rates: Evaluation of the Sentencing (Parole Time Credit) Legislation Amendment Act 2019.
  • Risk Mitigation Capabilities of Project Financing for Renewable Energy Projects in Australia.
 
  • How are the students selected and matched to host organisations?

Once an agreement has been signed and prior to opening applications, hosts will be asked about the opportunities for that round. The College will advertise the opportunities to current students and manage the application process. A shortlist of the best applications interested in the internship will be forwarded to the host organisation and hosts have complete freedom to select their intern(s) from the shortlist.

Even if a host partner registers for an intern they are not obligated to take one if no students are suitable, or if they are no longer in a position to host an intern at that time.

 
  • 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 practicing certificate. In other workplaces the supervisor must be a lawyer, but they do not need to hold a practicing certificate.

 
  • What is the role of the professional supervisor?

The professional supervisor has a role of supervising the activities of the student during the internship and in ensuring a learning experience for the student as an outcome of the internship 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, deals with Intellectual Property (IP), confidentiality, insurance and 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 5 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.

 
  • What is the workplace commitment required?

The ANU Law School encourages interns 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.

 
  • 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 work-arounds due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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