• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Jonathan Liljeblad
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Summer Session 2021
    First Semester 2021
    Winter Session 2021
    Second Semester 2021
    See Future Offerings

The ANU College of Law's internship course offers students an unparalleled opportunity to put their learning into action and carry out a law-based research project in a legal professional workplace. The course requires and develops both legal knowledge and a lawyer's approach to problem identification, analysis and recommendations.

Internship placements are available within a variety of Commonwealth and Australian Capital Territory government departments, statutory bodies, community legal centres and other non-government organisations. Internships are also available under the supervision of a member of the ANU College of Law. In addition, students may arrange their own internship with a suitable organisation and professional supervisor, opening up the possibility to choose organisations and locations that best suit their future career interests. The professional supervisor of an intern must be a lawyer. Applications to complete self-arranged internships will be approved where they meet the requirements of the course.

Internships are available during each semester and during summer and winter term, enabling students to complete placements in remote locations in Australia or internationally. To assist in arranging placements, applications for an internship are generally made earlier than for other subjects. Full details about the internship course and the application process are posted to the ANU College of Law current students' website.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify, plan, manage and execute a substantive and original written research project addressing a complex problem, and do so independently, and to a high professional standard appropriate to the professional setting.
  2. Demonstrate persuasive and inclusive written and oral communications skills appropriate to specialist and non-specialist audiences, and a given professional setting.
  3. Integrate and apply multiple areas of legal knowledge, skills and professional values gained throughout the JD program.
  4. Recognise and apply JD graduate attributes such as, but not limited to: an extended understanding of recent developments in law and its practice; high level research skills; high level conceptualisation; the ability to generate and evaluate complex ideas; legal technical and communication skills; a reflective and ethical approach, and high level personal autonomy and accountability.
  5. Reflect on and review key elements of a growing professional and ethical identity by, for example, naming and debating specific interests, interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence, and career motivations and aspirations.
  6. Recognise and apply improved legal skills particularly relating to work expectations, routines, professional conduct rules and ethical practice, in one specific professional work context.
  7. Describe, analyse and critique how advanced knowledge and skills acquired through the study of law are brought to bear in a specific way for a particular purpose in one legal work setting.
  8. Identify, describe, and reflect on their workplace experiences individually and in collaboration with students and work colleagues, particularly in terms of their own professional growth.

Other Information

Students must apply to undertake this course. Please go to Law Professional Experience for application information.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Research Paper (80) [LO null]
  2. Course Report (20) [LO null]

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Workload

Students take part in the general work of an internship host entity under the guidance of a professional supervisor. The professional supervisor must be someone with a legal background (e.g. legal counsel, solicitors, barristers, mediator, arbitrator, government official, etc.). Students are generally expected to devote at least 10 hours overall per week to this course. Wherever possible, approximately the equivalent of one day per week should be spent in the workplace. However, exceptions may be made where circumstances prevent student presence in the workplace (e.g., security clearances). Such exceptions should be discussed with College Student Administration Services as part of the application process. The distribution of hours for the internship is negotiable between the internship host and the student. However, a portion of the time for the internship equating to at least 12 hours should be related to the topic of the research essay assessment.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Juris Doctor (MJD) and have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses; You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed LAWS4230 Law Internship; or ANIP6503 Australian National Internships Program Internship A (Graduate) unless it is credited to a non-law degree; or ANIP6505 Australian National Internships Program B unless it is credited to a non-law degree. An application process exists for this course.

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

Prescribed Texts

Students must rely on the approved Class Summary which will be posted to the Programs and Courses site approximately 2 weeks prior to the commencement of the course. 

Fees

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:
3
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4920
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $6540
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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
1568 23 Nov 2020 11 Dec 2020 15 Jan 2021 19 Feb 2021 Online or In Person View

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4216 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 Online or 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
4648 01 Jun 2021 TBA TBA 23 Jul 2021 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
7224 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 31 Aug 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person N/A

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