|Year of offer||2018|
|Subject level||Graduate coursework Level 5|
|Fees||Subject 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.
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
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|
|LAWS50023||Legal Method and Reasoning||
|LAWS50024||Principles of Public Law||
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
- 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
Principal coordinator Kate Fischer-Doherty Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours Students must complete at least 20 days of placement at an internship host organisation Total time commitment 180 hours Teaching period 8 January 2018 to 23 February 2018 Last self-enrol date 17 January 2018 Census date 2 February 2018 Last date to withdraw without fail 16 March 2018 Assessment period ends 20 April 2018
January contact information
- Semester 1
Principal coordinator Kate Fischer-Doherty Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours Students must complete at least 20 days of placement at an internship host organisation Total time commitment 180 hours Teaching period 26 February 2018 to 27 May 2018 Last self-enrol date 9 March 2018 Census date 31 March 2018 Last date to withdraw without fail 4 May 2018 Assessment period ends 22 June 2018
Semester 1 contact information
Principal coordinator Kate Fischer-Doherty Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours Students must complete at least 20 days of placement at an internship host organisation Total time commitment 180 hours Teaching period 25 June 2018 to 20 July 2018 Last self-enrol date 29 June 2018 Census date 13 July 2018 Last date to withdraw without fail 17 August 2018 Assessment period ends 14 September 2018
June contact information
- Semester 2
Principal coordinator Kate Fischer-Doherty Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours Students must complete at least 20 days of placement at an internship host organisation Total time commitment 180 hours Teaching period 23 July 2018 to 21 October 2018 Last self-enrol date 3 August 2018 Census date 31 August 2018 Last date to withdraw without fail 21 September 2018 Assessment period ends 16 November 2018
Semester 2 contact information
Principal coordinator Kate Fischer-Doherty Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours Students must complete at least 20 days of placement at an internship host organisation Total time commitment 180 hours Teaching period 13 November 2018 to 28 January 2019 Last self-enrol date 28 November 2018 Census date 14 December 2018 Last date to withdraw without fail 8 February 2019 Assessment period ends 28 March 2019
November contact information
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.
There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.
- Related Handbook entries
This subject contributes to the following:
Type Name Course Juris Doctor