School Of Law

Legal InternshipWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 201080.1


Student Contribution Band: 4

Level: 3

Credit Points: 10

200020 Professional Responsibility and Legal Ethics AND 200010 Criminal Law AND 200008 Torts Law AND 200011 Contracts

About this Unit
This unit provides an internship opportunity for later year law students in host organisations (including NGOs and public interest organisations, community legal centres, government departments, corporations, barristers’ chambers or private law firms). Internships provide students with invaluable access to opportunities to understand the law in context, to apply their formal learning about legal principles, to develop essential professional skills and to gain exposure to different career pathways. Students who successfully complete orientation requirements will spend twelve days throughout the semester at a host organisation. This will usually be done on a one- day (7 hours) per week basis. An intern’s duties will generally consist of a combination of substantive tasks relating to law, policy and practice. Depending on the host organisation, these may include a combination of research, preparing background materials, briefing papers or research reports, liaising with other organisations, assisting in the provision of legal assistance and advice, observing interviews with clients, conferences with Counsel or in court proceedings, undertaking project and advocacy work, preparing/ giving presentations and assisting with administrative and editing work. The School will seek expressions of interest for the number of placements available with the School’s partner host organisations each semester. Students are also able to arrange their own internships at organisations that are not currently host organisations, subject to the approval of the Clinical Director and the agreement of the host organisation to complete the attendance and assessment requirements of the unit.

Special Requirements - Legislative Pre-requisites

Depending on the host organisation, students may be required to obtain a Working With Children or Criminal Record Check. This will be advised by the relevant host organisation.

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