WIL for Law Students

WIL for Law Students

Important information

Students will receive communications regarding WIL from legal.wil@jcu.edu.au. Please read all emails received from this email alias 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:

I would like to undertake Clinical Legal Studies

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

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 WIL 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

I would like to apply for a JCU sourced internship

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

General information

Placements are available at providers including LawRight (Cns), North Queensland Women's Legal Service, Environmental Defenders Office (Cns), Townsville Community Legal Service, 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. 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 internship

  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 WIL 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

I would like to self-source my own internship

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

General information

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

  • Only approach those legal workplaces who are not registered WIL partners (email legal.wil@jcu.edu.au to confirm)

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

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

  • Consider what skills or qualities you could offer an employer

  • Be professional and confident – let the organisation 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 EOI form and submit as per instructions

What happens next?

  1. EOI will be assessed by Course 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 WIL 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

I would like to apply for other internship opportunities

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

I would like to undertake the Multidisciplinary Project

LA4043 – Multidisciplinary Project is the subject best matched to this option and is offered in Study Periods 1 & 2

Process for enrolling

Self enrol via eStudent

Project information

JCU Townsville Fire Logo 

Townsville Project

JCU Townsville Fire are Australia's only professional womens sporting team north of Brisbane and are reigning WNBL champions. They are a not-for-profit company with revenue generated through membership, ticket and membership sales, and sponsorship


Obtaining grant funding aligns with the clubs aim of promoting participation in the sport of basketball, and in the potential for players, as professional female athletes, to act as role models in the community to foster healthy and active lifestyles


This project will focus on growing revenue through government/grant income

Anglicare logo

Cairns Project

Anglicare North Queensland Limited (ANQL) has operated throughout this region for over 30 years and has experience in a broad range of Service Areas across the region which include housing and homelessness, Mental Health and Well-being, Out of Home Care for young people, Public Diversionary and community outreach services. ANQL works towards reducing systemic social disadvantage in Australia


This project will focus on overcrowding in homeless shelters by exploring the feasibility of using Mobile Container Units to provide affordable and flexible housing solutions

I am employed and would like to undertake my WIL subject in my workplace

LA4044 – Independent Project is the subject matched to this option and is offered in Study Period 2 only

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

Process for applying and enrolling

Students cannot self-enrol

  1. Use the Project Description/WIL Conditions 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/WIL Conditions form to legal.wil@jcu.edu.au

What happens next?

  1. Project will be assessed by the WIL 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 WIL subjects, being LA4041 Legal Placement or LA4043 Multidisciplinary Project

Closing Date

Two weeks prior to the commencement of Study Period