• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • James Prest
    • Kevin Boreham
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Summer Session 2015
    First Semester 2015
    Winter Session 2015
    Second Semester 2015
    See Future Offerings

The ANU College of Law’s internship program offers students an unparalleled opportunity to carry out law-based research projects in a legal professional workplace. The course requires and develops both legal knowledge and a lawyer’s approach to problem identification, analysis and recommendations.

Beginning in 2nd semester 2014 the College expects to be able to offer a limited number of internship places with the Parliamentary Library, the Commonwealth Ombudsman’s Office, the Office of International Law in the Attorney-General’s Department and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  Internships will also available under the supervision of a member of the ANU College of Law. We hope to expand these placement opportunities to other Government Departments, NGO’s and private sector law firms.  

For other than the anticipated placements with these external organisations the applicant is primarily responsible for identifying a suitable placement and supervisor.  Preference in approving applications, other than for these external organisations, will be given to those who have a placement arranged.

When students who have been accepted for the program need assistance to secure the support of a workplace organisation, other than for placements with the above external organisations, the Program Convenor will try to put students in touch with a suitable professional supervisor.

The professional supervisor of an intern must be a lawyer.
Internships are available during each semester, and the summer session. Internships may be offered in the winter session from 2015.

To assist in placements, applications for an internship are generally made earlier than for other subjects. For summer internships, applications must be in by late August. For first semester applications are due by early October in the preceding year, and by mid-May for second semester. Full details of the internship program for each semester and summer sessions and application forms are posted to the Wattle sites for the LLB and JD Programs.

When you are accepted for the program, the Law School Office will enter a permission code enabling you to enrol in this course; you must then enrol through ISIS in the usual way.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Students who have successfully completed this course should be able to:
  • Write clearly and coherently in a professional context;
  • Work under professional supervision, and gain useful background in the way a legal professional thinks and works in a legal professional workplace and the way that workplace operates;
  • Analyse, consolidate and synthesise broad theoretical and professional knowledge through legal research to identify and propose  solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence;
  • Exercise critical thinking and judgment in the context of developing advanced professional knowledge; and
  • Plan and execute a written research project with some independence.

Indicative Assessment

5000 word Research Paper (80%) and 1000 word Course Report (20%)

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The time to be spent at the workplace is variable, depending on the needs of the workplace.  Generally the time in the workplace would be about one working day per week or equivalent.

In addition to the indicative assessment, the intern will usually be asked to assist with other workplace requirements.

A memorandum of understanding is prepared between the student, the professional supervisor and the course convenor to provide for regular meetings between the student and the supervisor and to set out expectations relating to progress.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a program which includes the Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor.

You will need to contact the Law School to request a permission code to enrol in this course.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2958
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1569 01 Jan 2015 23 Jan 2015 23 Jan 2015 31 Mar 2015 In Person N/A

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1459 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1736 01 Jun 2015 26 Jun 2015 26 Jun 2015 31 Jul 2015 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1442 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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