Self-Organised Internships | Law

Self-Organised Internships

What is a self-organised internship?
A Self-organised Internship placement is where you independently organise your unpaid internship and wish to have that internship included in the law program and awarded credit towards your degree. Students with a Self-Organised placement will apply and seek enrolment in course codes LAWS3555/JURD7555 or LAWS8173 or LAWS8052 PRIOR to commencing their internship. Applications for enrolment will not be considered after the commencement of the internship. 
If you wish to organise your own placement, you should read and provide the UNSW Law Internship Supervisor Manual to the host supervisor to ensure a well-structured internship is arranged.  You should also request your host supervisor to complete the Host Organisation Information Form and submit this with your application. 

When does the course run?

LAWS3555/JURD7555 - UNSW Law Internships, the UNSW Law Postgraduate Internship (LAWS8173) and Human Rights Internship Program (LAWS8052) are offered in Term 1, 2 and 3 2019.

Applying online
Applications for Self-Organised Internships must be made during the advertised Experiential Learning application period using the following form:   APPLY HERE  
Next application round
Term 1 2019 Round 1 applications have closed. Application outcomes have been released. 
Term 2 2019 Round 1 applications open at 10am on Wednesday, 2 January 2019 and close at 9am on Tuesday, 15 January 2019.
Application documents required
As you have already been accepted by the organisation you do not need to write a Statement of Interest (SOI). Instead of a SOI please upload the following documents:
  • Name, position and contact details (phone and email) of your direct supervisor at the Host Organisation
  • Completed Host Organisation Information Form
  • The dates you will be carrying out the placement
  • Short description of what the Host Organisation does
  • Short description of what you will be expected to be doing during the unpaid placement.  Note that the work interns should be doing must involve some responsibility for legal or policy work and not be solely administration
  • Your resume
  • Your MyUNSW academic record.
The provided information will be used to assess the suitability of the organisation to the Law Experiential Learning internship program. Suitable organisations will be engaged generally in legal practice, or legal policy (for LAWS8052 Postgraduate Human Rights Internship Program, the Host Organisation must be in the area of community development in justice and human rights).
Once the application is submitted
The application and relevant supporting documents submitted are sent to the Academic Services Officer (Experiential Learning) or the Course Convenor for processing and assessment. We will endeavour to finalise all placements prior to your enrolment appointment. That way, you can be enrolled in the relevant Experiential Learning course before enrolling in other elective courses. 
If a placement is not finalised prior to the enrolment period, you should enrol in another elective. Should you be successful in the internship of your choice then that course can be dropped before the census date with no penalty. Should you be unsuccessful then you will not be disadvantaged due to the waiting period.
NOTE: All placements/enrolment will be finalised two weeks before the start of term. Please do not contact Student Services prior to that.
Notification of outcome
Once all placements are confirmed, UNSW Law will notify you of the outcome of your application via email to your UNSW Email account. If successful with your self-organised internship, you will receive the below information:
Information about enrolment into the course (Student Services will be enrolling you in all Experiential Learning courses)
Class or academic supervisor name and email 
Course Outline information
Other important documents as applicable (e.g. Reflective Journal document, Host Organisation Evaluation Form, Insurance, Course Feedback)
All the above information will be sent to your UNSW Email account. Therefore, it is important that you provide the correct UNSW ID number when submitting your application. It is also your responsibility to check your UNSW Email account on a regular basis.