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Connect with our talent - UOW Legal Internship Program

The only Law School coordinated compulsory legal workplace program in Australia

We are seeking organisations across private, public and community sectors to partner with UOW’s School of Law to support our students’ learning and to develop Australia’s future workforce.

Partners have the opportunity to build long-term, strategic relationships and add value to their organisation by accessing talented upper year students.

We believe that practical experience is a vital part of legal training. 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.

As the only Law School compulsory student workplace program in Australia, all LLB students are to complete our Legal Internship Program – LLB 397 as part of their law degree.

All students are required to complete an internship of 20 working days under the supervision of a lawyer. Internships can be organised between the student and provider directly to suit availability (subject to approval by the School of Law) or arranged through the School of Law on a 4 week (20 day) block basis in the Winter or Summer recess.

Participating students are required to have completed the mandatory ethics subject and will typically have completed at least 2 years of study, including subjects such as Criminal Law, Contracts, Property and Admin Law. All students must abide by UOW’s Code of Practice – Student Professional Experience and complete a confidentiality agreement. All non-paid interns are covered by UOW Insurance. 

  • Partner with one of Australia’s top Law Schools
  • Work with Law students. Help turn their formal learning at UOW into practical skills within the Legal profession
  • Connect with potential employees. Increase your exposure to UOW graduates, Australia’s future workforce
  • Support from our Legal Internship Program team. We ensure you are partnered with well-matched students based on your areas of expertise and business requirements.
 

Coutts is a proud advocate for education and training. The team is very aware of the mutual benefits it provides to students and the firm. As a student trying to find your way, there will never be a better time to experience law hands on.

Read more about Coutts' mentoring experience

Our next 20 day blocks for Law School arranged internships are:

Summer Break
Session 1 dates: 7 - 18 December and 18 – 29 January
Session 2 dates: 1 - 26 February

Professional provider testimonials

[they] discover some of the best up and coming talent through the programs offered to students and more firms should offer similar programs.Karena NichollsUOW School of Law Tutor and Partner at Coutts Solicitors & Conveyancers

The value in mentoring and experience

Karena Nicholls, UOW School of Law Tutor and Partner at Coutts Solicitors & Conveyancers, has invested time and effort into the mentoring and graduate programs partnered with the UOW. A strong advocate for showing the students the ropes early on, Karena is passionate about getting students exposed to the world of Law. She speaks about the developing program at Coutts.

Coutts offers student placements for an Internship Program, mentoring and other initiatives such as work experience and graduate roles. Many of these have led to part time and full time employment for students.

Karena strongly believes “[they] discover some of the best up and coming talent through the programs offered to students and more firms should offer similar programs”.

Students come to Coutts to experience what it’s like at the forefront of a law firm. Coutts takes time to expose students to the real forum of practising law. As a full service firm, Coutts provides diversity to students, often tailoring their experiences to the areas of the law they might be most interested in. Karena understands that students benefit most from having the opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations and perform meaningful work. At Coutts, they definitely receive this, intertwined with of course, the mundane work that is not so glamorous.

The programs emerged out of the need to gain talent, not necessarily based off the law school results, instead focused also on developing people skills. As an employer these skills grow over time and we have seen students blossom through the programs offered at Coutts. They teach you the skills outside law school such as time management and delegation.

 

As a mentor for Lucy Program at UOW and the Law Society, Karena has always told mentees to be compassionate, to provide client service and to be able to interact with other staff such as secretaries and administrative staff. This may sound really simple, but if you haven’t worked in an office before it can be very daunting and sometimes conflicting. Many of Karena’s mentees have thanked her for their new found confidence, to enter the work force. They discovered while they may still have worries about knowing all of the laws, they were equipped solidly in how to interact professionally with people.

Coutts prides their program on thinking outside the box. If they simply give students the answers, how will they develop into a well rounded practitioner that can solve the complex and hard issues? This is their point of difference, they don’t follow the trends. Coutts is a strong firm with strong values of care, communication and clarity that provides strong foundations for the up and coming talent. Many of their lawyers were once paralegals.

With more and more law graduates entering the workforce each year, competition can be fierce. Karena believes the key is to have more exposure and more experience then the person sitting next to you. “Employers are more likely than not going to look at your history and involvement with legal work and this can be accomplished through a program, volunteering at a legal clinic, a work experience placement or paid part time or full time work”, says Karena.

The Law Society did a study which found law students are anxious about placement in the workforce due to lack of employment opportunities. Everyone at law school wanted to be a commercial lawyer and even now we see that coming through. However, once you expose yourself to other areas you may find other opportunities arise and you are genuinely inspired.

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