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Legal Internship (LAWS50059)

Graduate coursework level 5Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Year of offer2018
Subject levelGraduate coursework Level 5
Subject codeLAWS50059
Campus
Parkville
Availability
January
Semester 1
June
Semester 2
November
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The aim of this subject is to provide students with the opportunity to gain practical legal experience and a public interest / community-focused legal workplace experience that complements and deepens their coursework learning in the Melbourne JD.

Internships can be hosted by any public interest organisation that will facilitate the student undertaking legally-oriented work, including government departments, regulatory and statutory bodies, courts and tribunals, legal assistance sector organisations such as legal aid or community legal centres, and non-government or not-for-profit organisations. Host organisations can be locally based, national / interstate or international. The proposed internship must be approved by the Subject Coordinator – the internship experience should build on a students’ studies to date in the Melbourne JD and be of an appropriately demanding standard to model professional legal work or practice.

Students must complete Orientation, at least 20 days of unpaid practical legal experience at the host organisation and all of the assessment tasks which include a Reflective Journal and a Legal Writing Portfolio.

Intended learning outcomes

Student who successfully completes this subject will have:

  • An enhanced understanding of professional legal practice through engaging directly in legal work;
  • An enhanced practice-based understanding of a particular legal area relevant to the internship;
  • An advanced understanding of, and increased capacity to engage with, law and policy in the area of the internship;
  • Critical insight into some of the challenges facing public interest lawyers and/or organisations and the social and legal framework within which they operate;
  • An enhanced understanding and appreciation of the role and value of public interest lawyering; and
  • Enhanced insight into their own learning and professional identity.

Generic skills

Upon successful completion of the subject, students will have developed and demonstrated the following skills:

  • Thinking skills, including the ability to gather information, understand context, apply knowledge and convey law or law related concepts in a way that is useful and effective to a variety of audiences;
  • The ability to identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues in a practical context;
  • Personal and professional skills, including learning autonomously, being accountable for work, self-reflection on performance;
  • Skills required for effective workplace performance, such as communication, time management, co-worker collaboration and office organisation;
  • An increased capacity to reflect on their own professional competencies, including an awareness of current aptitudes and identification of areas where skills need to be consolidated; and
  • The ability to engage with colleagues and develop professional networks.

Eligibility and requirements

Prerequisites

Only approved applicants can enrol into this subject.

Some internship host organisations may have specific requirements regarding prerequisite subjects.

Successful completion of all the below subjects:

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
LAWS50027 Dispute Resolution
Semester 1
12.5
LAWS50023 Legal Method and Reasoning
Summer Term
12.5
LAWS50026 Obligations
Semester 1
12.5
LAWS50024 Principles of Public Law
Semester 1
12.5

Corequisites

None

Non-allowed subjects

None

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home

Assessment

Additional details

  • Hurdle Requirement: Attendance at a pre-internship orientation session or online equivalent;
  • Hurdle Requirement: Legal internships activity log, due 2 weeks after completion of the internship placement;
  • Reflective journal (1,500 words) due 2 weeks after completion of internship placement (30%);
  • Legal writing portfolio (4,000 words) due 2 months after completion of internship placement (70%).

The assessed research work may take a variety of forms, including substantial research memoranda or advice, briefs or written submissions, legal policy advocacy, or a research essay. It may include work carried out during the internship (subject to agreement with the host organisation) or after the internship but directly connected with the internship.

Dates & times

  • January
    Principal coordinatorKate Fischer-Doherty
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursStudents must complete at least 20 days of placement at an internship host organisation
    Total time commitment180 hours
    Teaching period 8 January 2018 to 23 February 2018
    Last self-enrol date17 January 2018
    Census date 2 February 2018
    Last date to withdraw without fail16 March 2018
    Assessment period ends20 April 2018

    January contact information

    Graduate Services Coordinator (Work Integrated Learning)

    Email: law-wil@unimelb.edu.au
    Phone: +61 3 8344 4475
    Website: law.unimelb.edu.au

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorKate Fischer-Doherty
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursStudents must complete at least 20 days of placement at an internship host organisation
    Total time commitment180 hours
    Teaching period26 February 2018 to 27 May 2018
    Last self-enrol date 9 March 2018
    Census date31 March 2018
    Last date to withdraw without fail 4 May 2018
    Assessment period ends22 June 2018

    Semester 1 contact information

    Graduate Services Coordinator (Work Integrated Learning)

    Email: law-wil@unimelb.edu.au
    Phone: +61 3 8344 4475
    Website: law.unimelb.edu.au

  • June
    Principal coordinatorKate Fischer-Doherty
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursStudents must complete at least 20 days of placement at an internship host organisation
    Total time commitment180 hours
    Teaching period25 June 2018 to 20 July 2018
    Last self-enrol date29 June 2018
    Census date13 July 2018
    Last date to withdraw without fail17 August 2018
    Assessment period ends14 September 2018

    June contact information

    Graduate Services Coordinator (Work Integrated Learning)

    Email: law-wil@unimelb.edu.au
    Phone: +61 3 8344 4475
    Website: law.unimelb.edu.au

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorKate Fischer-Doherty
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursStudents must complete at least 20 days of placement at an internship host organisation
    Total time commitment180 hours
    Teaching period23 July 2018 to 21 October 2018
    Last self-enrol date 3 August 2018
    Census date31 August 2018
    Last date to withdraw without fail21 September 2018
    Assessment period ends16 November 2018

    Semester 2 contact information

    Graduate Services Coordinator (Work Integrated Learning)

    Email: law-wil@unimelb.edu.au
    Phone: +61 3 8344 4475
    Website: law.unimelb.edu.au

  • November
    Principal coordinatorKate Fischer-Doherty
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursStudents must complete at least 20 days of placement at an internship host organisation
    Total time commitment180 hours
    Teaching period13 November 2018 to 28 January 2019
    Last self-enrol date28 November 2018
    Census date14 December 2018
    Last date to withdraw without fail 8 February 2019
    Assessment period ends28 March 2019

    November contact information

    Graduate Services Coordinator (Work Integrated Learning)

    Email: law-wil@unimelb.edu.au
    Phone: +61 3 8344 4475
    Website: law.unimelb.edu.au

Time commitment details

180 hours (including 20 days internship placement, preparation for and completion of all assessment tasks)

Additional delivery details

Taught on campus and through a practical placement at an internship host organisation.

Applicants are selected through a competitive application process. Please refer to the JD LMS Community for more details.

Further information

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    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

Last updated: 22 February 2019