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UNSW Law Externally Hosted Internships

This course affords Undergraduate Dual Law and Juris Doctor 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. You will be critically analyzing the operation of the law, policy and the legal system as part of the course.  Please note all of the placements are unpaid.

What does the course involve?

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.  

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
  • preparing and writing background materials & briefing papers
  • event coordination
  • liaising with other organisations
  • and doing relevant work of a substantive nature.

Participating Host Organisation

Please note that participating host organisations change each semester according to the needs of the organisations at the time. An updated list will be provided each semester during the Experiential Learning application period.  For Semester 2 2018 Round 2 please find the list here updated 23/05/2018.

When does the course run?

The External Internship (LAWS3308 / JURD7308) courses are offered in Semester 2 2018.  They are not being offered in Winter 2018.

Only self-organised interstate and overseas internships will be available over Summer 2018/2019.  If you wish to enrol in an experiential learning course in Sydney during that period, you will need to apply for the Social Impact Hub Clinic.

Semester 2 2018 is the final opportunity to receive course credit for more than one internship during your degree. To receive course credit for two internships, please enrol in these in Semester 2 2018 (Sydney, interstate and overseas internships) and / or Summer 2018 / 2019 (self-organised interstate and overseas internships only).

Please note that other experiential learning opportunities, such as ClinicsJournals and Moots, are available to students in addition to internships.  

Do I need to attend classes during the internship?

YES! UNSW Law has compulsory classes for all Internships. All interns will be enrolled in LAWS3308 (for Undergraduate students) or JURD7308 (for Juris Doctor students). You will be required to attend internship classes which will assist you in successfully completing your internship and the assessment items required.

What if I have already applied but have not been notified of an outcome?

Successful applicants are notified via their UNSW Email when placements are confirmed by host organisations. Please email experiential@unsw.edu.au if you have any questions.

How do I apply?

To apply please read the Application Process. You can choose an organisation/s from the list of participating host organisations (indicated above) and complete the Application Form

You may also be interested in some funding opportunities.

Next application round:  

Semester 2 2018 applications have closed.  Only self-organised interstate and overseas internships will be available over Summer 2018/2019.  


Apply here


More information

Supervisor Manual for UNSW Law Internship course 

This manual is particularly useful for external internship supervisors. UNSW academic supervisors and students are encouraged to read it too. Download Manual

UNSW Handbook information for UNSW Law Internship course

Undergraduate: LAWS3308

Juris Doctor: JURD7308


Law students should read the Risk Management & Insurance Information before applying to internships.

UNSW provides accidental injury insurance for students while participating in a UNSW activity (this includes internships). 

Personal Accident Insurance for Students

Travel Insurance for Students