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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


Queensland Parliament Research Internship (QPRI) Program 2021
Introduction

The Queensland Parliament Research Internship program provides students with the opportunity to work with a Member of Parliament, or a Senior Officer of the Parliament, to undertake a mutually agreed research project.

The program gives students first-hand experience of the relationship between political practice and theory, an in depth understanding of the political processes and the role of Parliament, and the opportunity to obtain relevant research experience in a new environment.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • enable interns to acquire knowledge and a greater understanding of the functions and roles of the Queensland Parliament through the application of theoretical political knowledge to first-hand experience
  • enhance interns’ research, analytical capabilities and communication skills
  • develop interns’ observational and evaluative skills, and
  • enhance interns’ ability to acquire practical knowledge and develop a professional orientation towards politics.

Learn more here.

Eligibility

Students who have not yet undertaken any WIL subject (LA4014, LA4041, LA4043 or LA4044) are eligible to apply. Students who are successful in gaining an internship with the QPRI do so for academic credit and must enrol into LA4044, SP2, 2021.

Application instructions

Apply. Email application to dtesplacements@jcu.edu.au

Applications close Monday, 28th June. Late applications not accepted.


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


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