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Malaysian Internship Program

Since 2011, the UOW School of Law has been successful in obtaining Federal Government funding (under various short-term overseas student mobility programs) for the purpose of allowing a select group of students to undertake their internship for LLB 397 Legal Internship in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Malaysian Legal Internship Program

Previous firms have included:

  • Shearn Delamore and Associates
  • Zul Rafique Partners
  • Shook Lin and Bok
  • Chur Associates
  • Thomas Philip Advocates & Solicitors.

The Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur has also regularly taken on students as interns and offered support for the students in Kuala Lumpur.

 

The unpaid internships last for 4 weeks (20 working days). In addition to satisfying the requirements of LLB 397 Legal Internship, the Malaysian Internship:

  • gives students a first-hand learning experience in Asia while enhancing their workplace skills and expertise;
  • broadens cultural awareness and enhances appreciation of how the law operates and is practiced in Malaysia (an interesting jurisdiction because of its blend of codified law, common law and Sharia Law);and
  • enhances student understanding of the challenges and benefits of global legal practice; and
  • exposes students to post graduate employment and study options in Malaysia.

 

The Federal Government funding varies but largely meets the cost of travel to and from Kuala Lumpur and accommodation expenses over the internship. Funding is usually based on a limit of 5 students each year.

 

Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, the Malaysian Internship program was unable to run this year as a face to face program. However, approval has now been granted to apply the New Colombo Plan funding to remote internship experiences with Malaysian firms/organisations.

The School of Law will partner with The Global Student to source internship providers in Malaysia who can supervise students on remote internships for 20 days in January-February 2021 (exact dates TBC). The Global Student will also provide weekly on-line language and cultural classes as well as group and individual Zoom sessions so as to ensure that students are supported and given a realistic experience of working in Malaysia and an appreciation of the rich Malaysian culture. It is hoped that up to 10 students can be accommodated. The internships will satisfy the requirements of LLB 397/3397 and is for 3rd years and above students only to apply.

Those interested in applying must send an expression of interest, including a short (no more than one page) explanation as to why you would like to undertake the Malaysian Internship, current CV and enrolment record (SOLS print version) to law-internships@uow.edu.au by 5.00pm Friday 9 October.

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