Legal Internship Program

The Curtin Law School offers a Legal Internship Program, a professional skills unit within the Bachelor of Laws curriculum. This unit complements the Law School’s focus on practical learning and readiness for legal practice.

This is an optional unit for students who are studying a single or double degree in Law. The unit gives students the opportunity to gain experience in a legal environment for academic credit, during a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 20 days, either one day a week over the trimester, or an equivalent amount undertaken intensively. The workplace experience is supplemented by an assessment program designed to build oral and written communication skills and to encourage reflective practice.

Potential options for legal internships include placements in:

    • Law firms in Australia;
    • West Australian Courts;
    • Government agencies; and
    • Law firms in China, Indonesia, and elsewhere.

How it works

Bring Your Own

Students are encouraged to find their own placement.  We have created a template letter that students should use to contact organisations, which outlines all information hosts require.  A full list of West Australian law firms can be found here.  Once you have secured a placement please apply via Bring Your Own (BYO) Internship portal.

Eminent Placements

Curtin Law School has established professional relationships with the Perth Magistrates Court and AusGroup, and other local host organisations to support placements of Curtin students. Placements at these organisations are limited. If you would like to be considered for one of these placements, please complete an Expression of Interest Form (EOI) and email to legal.internships@curtin.edu.au along with a copy of your CV (no more than 2 A4 pages).  Places are limited so we encourage students to apply well ahead of the study period in which you like to undertake the placement.

International Internships

Applications are now open to enrol for a prestigious international Internship at an English speaking legal organisation in Jakarta, Indonesia!  The program is designed for law students to gain experience of Indonesia’s legal system and will provide an introduction to the Indonesian legal system, plus an opportunity to put legal theory and analysis into practice within an Indonesian context.  View the course outline

Program dates: 2 January – 15 February 2020

Applications close: 20 July 2019

If you are interested in an international placement, please contact the FBL Student Engagement team at ExperienceCBS@curtin.edu.au. Please include your full name, student ID, current CV and brief expression of interest in the program.

International Internship eligibility requirements:

      • Have completed 400 credit points prior to departure;
      • Must be studying the Bachelor or Laws with a CWA of 65 or higher; and
      • Must be an Australian citizen aged between 18-29 to receive NCP funding.

The Faculty of Business and Law will be selecting a limited number of students for participation in the 2020 ACICIS Professional Practicums, interested students are encouraged to apply early.

Already working in a legal environment?

If you are already working in a legal environment, you may be able to utilise your existing placement for your Internship. However, you cannot be paid during the Internship period. This can be discussed with the unit coordinators, Dr Hugh Finn and Rosaline Tan.

Eligibility requirements

Enrolment in the unit is subject to the approval of the Curtin Law School. You cannot enrol into the unit without an approved Internship. We do not guarantee all Internships will be approved.

Each application is individually screened and assessed for suitability based on their application. You must attend an induction day before the commencement of an approved Internship placement.

Wherever possible, Internship placements should take place within existing trimester (Trimester 1B, Trimester 2B and Trimester 3B) study periods. If you need to undertake a placement outside of these dates, you will need to seek approval from the unit coordinator.

Typically to be eligible for the unit, students will need to:

  • Have completed 200 credits or more (however, students with less than 200 credits will be considered);
  • Be enrolled as a Curtin LLB student (including Double Degree LLB students); and
  • Be on good Academic Standing.

Key dates

Trimester 3B, 2019:

  • Submit ‘Expression of Interest’ & CV or BYO application by 5pm Friday 2 August
  • Attend Induction day on Friday 16 August (8.30am to 4pm)

Trimester 1B, 2020:

  • Submit ‘Expressions of Interest’ & CV or BYO application by 5pm Friday 20 December 2019
  • Attend Induction day on Friday 10 January (8:30am to 4pm)

Trimester 2B, 2020:

  • Submit ‘Expressions of Interest’ & CV or BYO application by 5pm Friday 10 April.
  • Attend Induction day on Friday 24 April (8:30am to 4pm)

Trimester 3B, 2020:

  • Submit ‘Expressions of Interest’ & CV or BYO application by 5pm Friday 31 July
  • Attend Induction day on Friday 14 August (8:30am to 4pm)

How to apply

Interested applicants who have an Internship secured, please apply via the Bring Your Own (BYO) Internship portal

Students wanting to be considered for a Magistrates Court or AusGroup placement or struggling to find their own Internship, should complete an Expression of Interest Form (EOI) and email to legal.internships@curtin.edu.au along with a copy of your CV (no more than 2 A4 pages).