UNSW Law Externally Hosted Internships - LAWS3308

Faculty: Faculty of Law

School: Faculty of Law

Course Outline: See below

Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 9

Enrolment Requirements:

Prerequisite: Completion of 78 UOC in LAWS courses.

Excluded: JURD7308, LAWS8052, LAWS8173

CSS Contribution Charge: 3 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

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This course affords students the opportunity to work in a partner organisation which undertakes advocacy or research on aspects of policy and practice relating to an area of law. The program provides formal and informal training, as well as supervised practical experience, in planning and implementing key aspects of research, writing, legal assistance, advocacy and related activities. Students will be critically analysing the operation of the law, policy and the legal system as part of the course.

Applicant for participation in the program is allocated as an intern to a particular partner organisation at the outset of the session. The partner organisation will assign a supervisor for each intern. Students will work under the supervision of a supervisor within the partner organisation and a Law Faculty designated academic supervisor, who will be responsible for monitoring their academic progression throughout the session.

Interns are required to attend at their partner organisation for at least the equivalent of one day each week over 12 weeks, by arrangement between the intern and the partner organisation and confirmed with the Program Coordinator. Many students may choose to do extra days.

The range of projects in which the intern will be involved will be determined according to the project priorities of the partner organisation. However, in general it is expected that an intern’s duties will consist of a combination of advocacy, research, project administrative work, interviewing clients, preparing legal materials editing, writing, event coordination, preparing background materials, briefing papers, liaising with other organisations and doing relevant work of a substantive nature.

Interns are required to attend seminars. These are designed to promote discussion and reflection on a range of issues that may arise during the course of the internship – for example, legal, professional, ethical and personal issues. They may also address the application of skills such as legal research, legal writing, advocacy and interviewing.

Attendance by interns at the partner organisation and at the program seminars is mandatory.

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