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International Legal Internship allows students to gain credit for undertaking advanced legal research and analysis on an approved international internship of at least five weeks of full-time work in an approved international institution or organisation. This subject is focused on providing students with an opportunity to engage with legal and policy issues in contemporary society through work experience and further develop oral and written communication skills. Students are required to secure and fund their internships personally.
Students are encouraged to discuss their internship proposals with the subject coordinators. Students who successfully enrol in International Legal Internship must arrange a meeting with at least one of the subject coordinators both prior to their internship and upon completion, to develop a better understanding of research and the role of international institutions in international law and relations.
Intended learning outcomes
A student who has successfully completed the internship will:
- Have detailed knowledge of the institution or organisation where they have undertaken their internship
- Have a detailed knowledge of at least one major legal issue facing the institution or organisation where they have undertaken their internship
- Understand some of the legal, policy, political and organisational/institutional factors that influence the institution or organisation where they have undertaken their internship.
- Have strengthened their understanding of public international law as it is applied in practice;
- Have strengthened their understanding of how law influences international organisations and how international organisations influence the development of law;
- Have strengthened their ability to understand professional legal practice, derived from doing challenging legal work in a practical setting;
- Have an enhanced capacity to identify, develop, employ and reflect upon appropriate legal skills for the workplace;
- Have an enhanced knowledge of a particular legal area relevant to the internship;
- Have increased capacity to engage with public discussion about law and policy;
- Have experienced a range of new opportunities and contacts through doing an internship in a field in which they are interested;
- Have developed a better understanding of the work and life opportunities that are available in the practice of international law;
- Have contributed to the University of Melbourne's commitment to community engagement.
Last updated: 29 July 2022