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LLB397/3397: Legal Internship Program

Legal internship program

Clinical education programs for law students have been available for many years in some Australian law schools. The objective of such programs is to provide an understanding of the human, social and policy contexts of law and legal practice. At the University of Wollongong, this objective is met through the subject LLB 397/3397 Legal Internship in which you will complete 20 days of professional experience.

We believe that practical experience is a vital part of legal training. In fact, we are the only law school in Australia that require all students to complete a legal internship as part of their law degree. At UOW, a legal internship is not simply ‘work experience’, it is an important learning tool that gives students an opportunity to observe and reflect on the law in action and apply legal knowledge to real life situations while, at the same time, discern career options and build professional networks.

Information Session

Are you thinking of doing your internship for LLB 397/3397 this Year?  Are you looking to arrange your own internship or would you like the School of Law to arrange one for you?  Are you un-clear how it all works?

Watch our Zoom information session and find out what's involved!

Program dates

Session nameStart of internshipEnd of internship
LIP Summer 15 November 2020 26 February 2021
LIP 1 1 March 2021 4 June 2021
LIP 2 7 June 2021 29 October 2021

 

A student arranged internship may take place anytime within the instance (within dates above) in which you will be enrolled and are subject to enrolment deadlines and approval requirements set out in the Student Handbook.
Your internship start and finish dates must fall within the one instance.

How to apply

Students organising their own Legal Internship should ensure that they read the Student Information Guide prior to submitting an application.

The School of Law now uses SONIA, an online student placement system to manage Student Arranged professional experience internships.

Please follow these procedures to organise your own internship:

  1. Obtain a brief letter from your proposed internship supervisor, on the letterhead of the firm/organisation, confirming that:
    1. the internship will be of 20 days duration, indicating the exact dates of the proposed internship period;
    2. the nature of the work to be undertaken and,
    3. the supervisor has read the Guidelines for Supervisors booklet and agrees to the conditions; and confirms that the internship experience will meet the program requirements as set out in the booklet.
  2. Send an email to the Internship Coordinator via law-internships@uow.edu.au advising that you intend to undertake an internship within a specific instance of LLB 397/3397 (i.e LIP 1). This email should be sent a minimum of 10 working days before you plan start your internship. Do not send application forms or Supervisor letter at this stage.
  3. You will then receive a ‘Welcome’ to the program email providing you with a link to SONIA, asking you to complete a Student Arranged Internship Application Form and other requirements via SONIA.
  4. You are required to complete the Application Form and attach Supervisor Letter for Discipline Leader approval.
    1. If your Application Form is declined, you will receive an email to contact the Internship Coordinator to discuss the reasons why and to resubmit form.
    2. If the Application Form is approved, you and your Supervisor will receive separate internship CONFIRMATION emails.

SONIA Guidelines for Students

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The School of Law organises internships for students over the Winter and Summer breaks only.

When an internship has been secured, the School of Law will manually enrol you into LLB397/3397.

For more information regarding LLB 397/3397 please review our Student Handbook or Student Information Guide.

Applications are now open

The School can arrange your internship placement over the following LIP Summer session dates:
Session 1: 7 - 18 December 2020 and 18 – 29 January 2021 or;
Session 2: 1 – 26 February 2021

Due to the Summer holidays commencing later this year we are unable to provide a 4 week internship block prior to Christmas break hence the 20 days option in December and January.

Applications Close:
Friday 28 August 2020

How to apply
Email completed application form including required documents for approval to Internship Coordinator law-by the due date.

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To help you think carefully about the type of internship you want to undertake, how to get the most out of your internship  and what to take away from the internship to help you with future career choices, check out the following resources prepared by Careers Central:

Business and Law Internships Officer: Casey Delaney

+61 2 4221 4681
casey_delaney@uow.edu.au 
Building 40 Room G.13c

Academic Coordinator: John Littrich

+61 2 4221 3730
john_littrich@uow.edu.au 
Building 67 Room 206

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