Postgraduate Externally Hosted Internships | Law

Postgraduate Externally Hosted Internships

This course is offered to postgraduate UNSW Law Masters students in the below programs:

  • Master of Law (9200)
  • Master of International Law & International Relations (9240)
  • Master of International Law & Security (9281)
  • Master of Criminal Justice & Criminology (9285)
  • Master of Dispute Resolution (9235)
  • Master of Law, Media and Journalism (9214)
  • Master of Business Law (9231)

In this course, students will put their legal and advocacy skills and knowledge to use and gain practical experience of law in action. At the same time students will be critically analysing the operation of law, lawyers and legal policy as well as conducting work in research, policy and community legal education. Through policy, client work, advocacy and law reform projects the program aims to strengthen students’ practical skills in research, writing, advocacy, problem-solving, team work and independent judgment. read more

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. Please note all placements are unpaid.  

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 Summer 2017/18 and Semester 1 2018 please find the list now updated for Round 3 - 9/10/2017 here.

When does the course run?

The course runs every semester (S1, S2 and Summer), with applications opening mid-semester the session before the course commences.

There is also the option of  taking the course over the winter break (this is especially popular for international or remote placements). Winter interns will be enrolled in S2. 

How do I apply?

To apply please read the Application Process, (also for self-organised internships). Student can choose an organisation/s from the list of participating host organisations (indicated above) and complete the Application Form

Applicants must be currently enrolled in the UNSW Law Masters program to be eligible, except for Master of Human Rights Law & Policy students - where student will apply and enrol in the Postgrad Human Rights Internship.

Next application round:

  • Round 3 Summer 2017/2018 and Semester 1 2018 applications will open 10am on Thursday 12 October 2017 and will close at 9am on Tuesday 24 October 2017


More information

UNSW Handbook Information for UNSW Law Postgraduate Internship

Course Code: LAWS8173

Read a student's report and experiences on the course

Caroline Helen Przibilla's report from Justice Action


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 included internships). 

Personal Accident Insurance for Students

For more information on UNSW Insurance