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Law and Justice Internships


University-Arranged Internships applications to be submitted by the following dates:

Semester 1 – 14 January 2021
WINTER – 13 April 2021
Semester 2  - 13 July 2021

Self-Arranged Internships:

The University of Canberra School of Law and Justice offers limited internship placements that are arranged by the university.

These placements are available during the academic semesters at:

  • Legal Aid, ACT
  • Canberra Community Law
  • ACT Magistrates Court (only indigenous law and justice students)
  • ACT Director of Public Prosecutions (only law indigenous students)

In order to be considered for a placement, students will need to send an application by the above due date to  In the application, students should include the following information a short summary of why they would like to undertake an internship at a particular organisation, and their resume and academic transcript.  If the student meets the prerequisites and there are sufficient vacancies, their application will be forwarded to their nominated organisation.  It is then up to the organisation as to which students they select.

Please note that you can only enrol in the 11253 (undergraduate) and 11448 (postgraduate) Law and Justice Internship units for University Arranged Internships, except the ACT Director of Public Prosecutions internship, which offers a paid 12-month  placement, but students are required to enrol in the 11380 or 11268 (undergraduate) or 11450 or 11449 units (postgraduate).

Self-arranged internships are where students have organised their own suitable placement with a professional supervisor.  If you are doing a law internship under this initiative, then your supervisor must be a lawyer.

Self-arranged internships can be undertaken at any time during the year, which allows students to complete a placement either in Australia or internationally.

Students sourcing their own internship should check CareerHub, the university’s online careers notice board, for current opportunities, or speak to Careers UC to discuss their ideas and options. Careers UC services are available to assist students with all aspects of sourcing and applying for internships. The best way to access this is via their daily drop-in sessions.


A Law or Justice internship is a work placement opportunity for students to put into practice what they have learnt during their degree. It also allows students to build their knowledge, skills and attributes in a professional legal or justice environment.

The Law and Justice internship units are offered four times during the academic year (refer to the relevant web page as to when applications are to be submitted).

You need to:

  • Ensure that you meet the prerequisite requirements prior to applying to enrol in the unit.
  • Hold a grade point average of 4.5 (credit) or above in your degree.
  • If applying for a University-Arranged internship, you need to send an application to by the above due dates.
  • If applying for a Self-Arranged internship, you need to have organised an appropriate placement with a suitable supervisor.  In the first instance, you should contact the unit convenor to ensure that the proposed placement meets those requirements.

Students undertaking the Bachelor of Justice Studies SCB001 are required to undertake 11253 Law and Justice Internship to complete the Core Major in Justice Studies.

Students in the Bachelor of Laws SCB101 can select an internship as part of the Category A (Work Integrated Learning Unit) from the Law Electives Major SM0033.