The program complemented my legal studies by allowing me to apply my knowledge of Indonesian and international law in real-world setting.
“I gained great insight into the practical legal profession which helped me realise where I wanted to direct my studies and future career, said law student Jessica Sidi (LLB' 18).
Jessica returned from Jakarta, Indonesia in mid-2018, where she completed the ACICIS’ Law Professional Practicum Program, a six-week study program hosted by Atma Jaya Catholic University.
The program offers law students attending seven universities, including ANU, the opportunity to learn about Indonesia’s legal system and culture through intensive lectures and the completion of a supervised practicum placement.
“I was lucky enough to be placed at Bagus Enrico & Partners, a corporate law firm in Jakarta, which provides legal services to a broad range of domestic and international clients,” Jessica said.
When asked why she applied to the ACICIS program, Jessica explained she viewed her participation as an opportunity to learn more about one of Australia's most important neighbours, and develop her practical skills in a cross-cultural environment.
“During my time there, I was exposed to a range of matters including mergers and acquisitions, foreign direct investment and manpower matters,” the final-year Bachelor of Laws student recalled.
“I worked closely with the partners and associates at the firm to draft and review commercial arrangements, such as joint venture agreements, as well as the deeds of establishment, and secured financial arrangements of corporate clients.”
During her placement, the firm provided an expert opinion on a multi-jurisdictional civil dispute. Thus, Jessica was involved in the preparation of an expert report, giving her invaluable experience in a significant project.
Jessica said that during the course of the program and internship, she worked closely with a welcoming and supportive team of lawyers and support staff. In addition to letting her apply her knowledge of Indonesian and international law, she felt mentored by partners and associates who invested in her learning.
“The program complemented my legal studies by allowing me to apply my knowledge of Indonesian and international law in real-world setting. Throughout the program I was able to refine my practical legal skills,” Jessica said.
“I would recommend the Law Professional Practicum program for ANU students in all stages of their law degree as it was a great way to gain practical legal experience, and to figure out where to take my legal studies in the future.”