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Placement for Law Students

Important information

Students will receive communications regarding placement options from the DTES Placement Team. Please read all emails received from this team as they can often contain job and volunteer opportunities. Students are to communicate from their '@my.jcu.edu.au' email address at all times. This helps us to easily identify you


If you are about to enter into your final year of Law, select an option below:

LA4014 Clinical Legal Studies

General information

Currently available in Townsville only in SP's 1 and 2. This subject allows students to gain insights into and practical experience in community legal practice, with weekly placements at a community legal service organisation and small group classes. Places are limited

Process for applying and enrolling

Students cannot self-enrol

Fill out Expression of Interest (EOI) form and submit as per instructions provided on form. The EOI will need to be downloaded and saved before you populate it.

What happens next?

  1. EOI is assessed by Course Coordinator

  2. If approved, you will receive an email advising of this. The email will also contain information about how to enrol so please ensure you monitor your emails regularly

  3. In the event the application is not approved, you will have the opportunity to enrol into one of the other placement subjects

Closing Date

Two weeks prior to the commencement of study period

Note: the LearnJCU site for this subject will become active 1 week prior to start of Study Period

LA4041 Legal Placement is the subject matched to this option and is offered in Study Periods 1, 6, 2 & 10

General information

If you are employed and wish to undertake a placement in your workplace, you must apply for LA4044 Independent Project

Placements are available at providers including Phillip Bovey & Company Lawyers (Cns), Equity Chambers (Cns), Environmental Defenders Office (Cns), Slater + Gordon (Tsv), Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Women's Legal Service (Tsv) and the Torres Strait Islander Regional Council (Cns). Places are limited

Process for applying and enrolling

Students cannot self-enrol

Fill out Expression of Interest (EOI) form, ensuring you state which of the firms listed above is your choice of firm and reasons why you would like to complete your placement there. The EOI will need to be downloaded and saved before you populate it. Submit EOI as per instructions provided on form

Please refer to the Student Placement Guide for detailed information

What happens next?

  1. EOI is assessed by Course Coordinator

  2. Course Coordinator connects students with hosts. Student to organise a meeting with host to discuss prospective placement

  3. If approved, you will receive an email advising of this. The email will also contain information about how to enrol so please ensure you monitor your emails regularly

  4. In the event the application is not approved, you will have the opportunity to enrol into one of the other placement subjects

Closing Date

Two weeks prior to the commencement of study period

Note: the LearnJCU site for this subject will become active 1 week prior to start of Study Period

LA4041 Legal Placement is the subject matched to this option and is offered in Study Periods 1, 6, 2 & 10

General information

If you are employed and wish to undertake a placement in your workplace, you must apply for LA4044 Independent Project

Self-sourcing a placement allows students to target the legal workplace that interests them the most. Some ideas that may assist in sourcing a placement opportunity:

  • Only approach legal firms who are not registered placement partners (email dtesplacements@jcu.edu.au to confirm)

  • Use your existing contacts and make new contacts through student associations, professional networks and JCU career events

  • Research legal firms which fit your area of interest and expertise

  • Consider what skills or qualities you could offer an employer

  • Be professional and confident – let the firm know you are interested in undertaking degree and industry-related work for academic credit

Please refer to the Student Placement Guide for detailed information

Process for applying and enrolling

Students cannot self-enrol

  1. Source your preferred host. You should be prepared when approaching potential hosts. It is recommended you provide a Resume and Cover Letter highlighting your strengths and areas of interest, and the skills you would like to further develop whilst on placement

    Print the following information and give to host:


  2. Once the host has confirmed they are willing to take you on as an intern, you will need to discuss with them and develop an appropriate position description outlining duties to be undertaken. The following business' details are required:
    • Business Name
    • Business' ABN
    • Business' Address
    • Name of Workplace Supervisor
    • Supervisor's phone number
    • Supervisor's email address

  3. Transpose these details and position description into the LA4041 Legal Placement Application form and submit as per instructions. The Application form will need to be downloaded and saved before you populate it

What happens next?

  1. Application will be assessed by WIL in Law Coordinator who will contact host supervisor

  2. If approved, you will receive an email advising of this. The email will also contain information about how to enrol so please ensure you monitor your emails regularly

  3. In the event the application is not approved, you will have the opportunity to enrol into one of the other placement subjects

Closing Date

Two weeks prior to the commencement of study period

Note: the LearnJCU site for this subject will become active 1 week prior to start of Study Period

LA4039 Advocacy and Criminal Sentencing is offered in Study Period 8

Process for enrolling

Self enrol via eStudent


QIFVLS Placement/Volunteer opportunity

The Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Legal Service (QIFVLS) are offering either a 3rd or 4th year JCU Law student a 3 month (with an option to extend) Placement OR Volunteer opportunity.

Students who identify as indigenous are preferred however, non-indigenous are also encouraged to apply.

Core responsibilities may include:

Administration Functions:

  • Assist legal staff in providing a service that is culturally sensitive and responsive to the needs of clients.
  • Liaise with clients and the Solicitor in the provision of casework support, legal documentation and referrals, as required.
  • Complete and arrange file management duties in support of legal staff to enable them to focus on delivering legal services.
  • Ensure that relevant records and files are maintained to a high standard and that client confidentiality is maintained at all times.
  • Ensure accurate details are entered in the diary management system (S/S Outlook)
  • Ensure the file register is maintained with up to date information to ensure efficient and effective teamwork and operations.
  • Network and liaise with relevant community organisations, individuals, men’s and women’s groups, legal service providers, government departments, community justice groups and other relevant organisations enabling QIFVLS to promote and target service delivery, effectively and appropriately.
  • Maintain the Stakeholder Directory, Stakeholder Management Plans, and community Profile Booklet with up to date service provider details and information.
  • Participate and assist in the facilitation of community education sessions.
  • Organise and present community education sessions using approved materials and presentations.
  • Provide preliminary telephone assistance to clients (information not advice), including information about our service and referrals to other agencies as required.
  • Represent QIFVLS within the community as directed by attending and presenting at meetings, functions and forums in a manner consistent with QIFVLS’ role and objectives and its code of conduct.
  • Extensive regular travel to deliver outreach services to remote communities
  • Ensure statistical data and relevant information is entered into CLASS in accordance with the relevant procedures.
  • Ensure established targets and standards are met as determined.
  • Assume other reasonable duties which might be determined by the Solicitor, Supervising solicitor and / or Management

Case Management Functions:

  • Attending courts and assisting the solicitor in obtaining detailed instructions, both oral and written from clients, as directed by the solicitor
  • Providing court support to the client to assist effective legal service delivery
  • Maintain minimum CM Standards in accordance with QIFVLS CM Practice Standards
  • Ensure that the CM Evaluations Strategy is followed where evidence is collected and recorded
  • Help clients make informed decisions by acting as their advocate regarding their CM Plans
  • The creation and management of case management files for clients to be case managed

Teamwork Functions:

  • Develop and contribute to a team environment, working collaboratively in sharing and generating ideas
  • Contribute to regular staff meetings
  • Communicate effectively and openly in the workplace
  • Complete tasks in a timely manner and meet strict deadlines
  • Promote quality and cost-effective interventions and outcomes
  • Participate in professional development including self-directed learning and required training
  • Ensuring that QIFVLS policies, standards and operations are adhered to
  • Contributing to the efforts of QIFVLS and the QIFVLS CMP by accomplishing duties
  • Knowledge of occupational health & safety, and equal employment opportunity and comply with associated organisational policies

Placement commencement date is set for Monday 21st June, and students must make themselves available for an interview in the week commencing 10th May. The 3 month duration of this opportunity falls between SP's 6 & 2. Student can choose to use the opportunity for academic credit (LA4041 Legal Placement in SP2 - yes, there will be assessment involved) OR as a volunteer experience.

It is proposed the student would work 3 days/week (negotiable), from 9am-3pm.

If you would like to apply for this opportunity, please fill out the application form and submit as per instructions on the bottom of the form.


BABSEACLE

We are currently in negotiations with BABSEACLE around the possibility of a virtual option in SP10 and will post details as they come to hand


The Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (Qld) Ltd welcome interns to workplaces across Queensland, including Cairns and Townsville. Students studying law, justice, indigenous studies, advocacy, or a combination relevant to their Vision and Mission are encouraged to apply

LA4043 Multidisciplinary Project is offered in Mixed attendance mode in Trimester 2

This subject enables final year students to work together in groups to investigate and develop a solution for a project sourced from industry. Identification of suitable student projects occurs through collaboration between the College and industry partner organisations. Students work in cross disciplinary groups and must attend the 3 hour timetabled workshop each week. Students conduct project work in addition to this contact time and receive support and project direction from academics and industry partner for the project's duration

This subject is not offered externally

Process for enrolling

Self enrol via eStudent

LA4044 Independent Project is the subject matched to this option and is offered in Study Periods 1, 2, 6 & 10

You can choose this option if you are currently employed and wish to complete a degree-relevant project in your workplace

Subject Description

This subject is designed primarily for students already employed in a workplace to develop an independent project for the workplace/industry. Students will be required to prepare a project proposal (which would require subject coordinator/lecturer approval) and to complete a project relevant to their degree and workplace

Process for applying and enrolling

Students cannot self-enrol

  1. Use the Independent Project application form as your submission for this subject. Please note, until the form is signed by both yourself and your workplace supervisor, the project will not be approved
  2. Liaise with your employer to develop a workplace-relevant project. The project you will embark on is to be separate from your current role in the workplace. The proposal is required to demonstrate how the project assists in developing/improving workplace skills; address an industry issue and contribute to industry
  3. Print the Supervisor Placement Guide and give to your employer
  4. To submit your project, email the completed Project Description/Placement Conditions form to dtesplacements@jcu.edu.au

What happens next?

  1. Project will be assessed by the placement coordinator
  2. Student will receive an email advising them of their project approval and of the next course of action
  3. In the event the project is not approved, you will have the opportunity to enrol into one of the other placement subjects, being LA4041 Legal Placement or LA4043 Multidisciplinary Project

Closing Date

Two weeks prior to the commencement of Study Period