This subject provides students with the opportunity to obtain practical legal experience and to develop professional skills through work with a local host organisation. Academic requirements of the subject include a preparatory meeting, three reflective journals and a post-internship presentation. There are currently three opportunities for student placements available at:
- Redfern Legal Centre, a community law centre, in its International Student Clinic, to prepare and assist in the delivery of advice to clients by conducting casework, attending weekly clinic meetings, organising and co-coordinating weekly advice sessions and participating in meetings and debates. This placement involves one day per week for 11 weeks (2-9pm on Wednesdays) in Autumn only.
- Stockland, an ASX top 50 property company, to work in their legal department. Interns will be allocated to one or more projects relating to the review of legal precedents and processes across the five asset classes. Recent projects have included a review of marketing and consumer law advice and precedents and the implementation of a training program for internal business partners. During the internship opportunities will also be provided to attend internal and external meetings on active matters to provide interns with an insight into the nature of in house legal work. The placement days are to be negotiated between the students and Stockland (minimum of 11 working days).
- Toyota Finance Australia Limited, a vehicle finance company, to work in their legal department. Interns will assist with ASIC company searches, registrations, research, agreements , drafting legal advice and engaging in legal discussions with other departments, and other day to day legal duties. The placement days are to be negotiated between the students and Toyota Finance (minimum of 11 working days).
- Marrickville Legal Centre is a community legal centre which provides legal services to socially and economically disadvantaged members of the community across the inner west, south west and southern suburbs of Sydney. Marrickville Legal Centre operates a state-wide Youth Legal Service for young people across New South Wales under the age of twenty-five. The Centre also auspices a state-wide Strata Collective Sales Advocacy Service, and two tenancy services (the Inner West Tenants Advice and Advocacy Service and the Northern Sydney Area Tenants Service).
The primary area of law in which Marrickville Legal Centre practices is employment law. Marrickville Legal Centre provides legal advice, advocacy and education to people with employment law problems ranging from discrimination, to bullying in the workplace, to wage theft (which is the non-payment of wages and entitlements). The majority of Marrickville Legal Centre’s employment law clients are workers from a recent migrant background, workers on temporary visas, and young workers under the age of twenty-five.
This placement involves 11 working days over the semester, the allocation of which will be decided between the students and Marrickville Legal Centre.
- Anti-Slavery Australia (ASA), is a leading research, policy and legal centre based in the Faculty of Law at UTS. The Centre takes an active role in transforming the Australian legal and policy response to human trafficking and slavery and has supported over 300 survivors of human trafficking, slavery, forced labour and forced marriage through its specialist pro-bono legal practice.
An internship placement with Anti-Slavery Australia offers you a unique opportunity to be involved in our research and policy development work, as well as the work of our legal practice. This could include researching and drafting submissions and policy documents, preparing factsheets, training materials and online content relating to human trafficking, modern slavery and forced marriage, and could also include participating in client interviews and drafting legal documents.
This placement involves 11 working days over the semester, the allocation of which will be decided between the student and ASA.
- Health Justice Australia (HJA)
Health justice partnerships (HJPs) are collaborations between health and legal services, which bring lawyers into healthcare teams to provide access to legal help for patients who need it. HJPs connect the dots between people’s health and legal problems: dots that lead from fines to anxiety; from mouldy housing to respiratory problems; from family breakdown to family violence. These partnerships provide solutions via a framework of integrated health and legal services. Health Justice Australia supports the network of HJPs at a national level, with research, resources and policy solutions to fill the gaps in health and human services; gaps that people vulnerable to legal problems keep falling through.
The opportunity with Health Justice Australia in Spring will involve working with the Research Director, seeking to define and understand what might be achieved for vulnerable clients by linking health and legal services to meet their complex needs. The specific tasks will reflect our research priorities at the time, but may involve ‘mapping’ HJPs’ across Australia and systematic literature searching and review.
This placement involves 11 working days over the semester, the allocation of which will be decided between the student and HJA.
- Law and Technology placements
Students undertaking the Legal Futures and Technology Major may undertake an internship as part of the Major. Internships relevant to the Major are listed below. These placements are not reserved for solely for Major students and other students wishing to undertake a local internship are also welcome to apply.
LawPath is Australia’s leading online legal services provider. Each year, LawPath helps thousands of Australian businesses with their legal needs. We are making legal easier, more accessible and more affordable for small to medium sized businesses to get the legal solutions they need by creating efficiencies with technology. Interns will be immersed in all aspects of LawPath. They will also have the opportunity to experience non-traditional legal services and obtain a greater understanding of the disruption within the legal industry. UTS interns will be engaged in the following:
- Assist in creating legal articles, ‘how-to guides’ and legal blog content on everyday legal issues;
- Assist in a variety legal tech projects relating to automated documents, legal chat bots, our lawyer marketplace and directory;
- Assist with legal research, documentation and legal updates; and
- Learn aspects of coding, analytics and the Australian legal startup scene.
This placement involves 11 working days over the semester, the allocation of which will be decided between the students and LawPath.
To apply for any of the above internship opportunities for Autumn 2018, please complete an application for 78292 in CareerHub before 29 January 2018. You will be notified of the outcome by 19 February 2018. The Spring 2018 applications will close on Friday 4 May 2018. You will be notified of the outcome by 25 May 2018.
Experiential Law and Justice provides students with a unique opportunity to work in selected government and non-government agencies which focus on social justice responses to legal issues. Agencies include Legal Aid NSW, the Shopfront Youth Legal Centre, the NSW Office of the Ombudsman, Anti-Slavery Australia, NTSCORP, and the Aboriginal Legal Service. Students are exposed to the work of these agencies during the first two weeks of session when agency representatives address the class about their social justice aims and policy objectives, and broadly outline the nature of the work that students will be expected to undertake during their eight week period of practice based learning with the agency.
You can self-enrol directly into this subject via myStudentAdmin.
This subject provides students with the opportunity to work on a ‘real-world’ project with an international host organisation. Find your own placement at an eligible legal organisation (refer to the application form in CareerHub for criteria) or apply for a Faculty-supplied placement. Placements are offered twice a year, in July and December-February. Internships may be paid or un-paid, usually over a 20 working day period. Funding may be available through UTS BUiLD. If you are doing an international law placement also consider applying to the Australian and New Zealand Society for International Law (ANZSIL) Internship Support Program.
To apply, please complete an application for 78295 in CareerHub by 30 April 2018 for Spring placements and 3 September 2018 for Summer placements. Students must apply, receive approval and enrol in the internship subject prior to travel. If you are applying for the ACICIS Indonesia Practicum, apply to the ACICIS directly and complete the application form in CareerHub.
Students undertaking this subject must first be accepted into the 40K Globe Program. This program offers students the opportunity for practical experience in social entrepreneurship and education within an impoverished community in India.
40K Globe is a unique one month internship that offers you the chance to spend one month on the ground in rural India working towards helping local villagers develop a sustainable solution for better access to education and employment. Working in a team of young Australians, you are given an impact project that becomes your own for the month. You will work to meet your objectives while forging new mates from Australia and India and create a better future for others. Funding may be available through UTS BUiLD.
You can self-enrol directly into this subject via myStudentAdmin.