The Australian Law Reform Commission provides opportunities for interns to work alongside Commission members and legal staff.
The ALRC does not provide any remuneration or financial assistance to interns. Interns work on a voluntary basis, and may work with the ALRC for a day a week for one semester, or for four weeks full time during semester or over the summer break (either in November/December or in January/February).
Internships provide an opportunity for students to increase their awareness of law reform issues while also allowing the ALRC to benefit from the student’s research and writing skills. Interns’ work is credited in ALRC publications. Interns are supervised by a staff member, and undertake research work determined by the needs of the ALRC. Generally, the ALRC will be working on two to three inquiries at any particular time, ranging from technical aspects of the law to questions of broad social policy. For information on the ALRC’s current reference work, see Current inquiries. The ALRC does not provide placements to students needing accreditation as part of a professional legal practice course.
It should be noted that the ALRC is unable to provide workers’ compensation insurance for interns. Potential interns should ensure that they are covered by their institution’s insurance policy for the time that they spend at the ALRC.
Selection criteria for interns
The ALRC accepts students from any university, including overseas institutions. The ALRC strongly prefers students who have substantially completed their law degree—namely, those in their penultimate or final year of an undergraduate or graduate law degree.
The number of interns accepted at any one time will depend upon the current work program of the Commission.
The ALRC also will consider applications from post-graduate students in law or any discipline related to a current inquiry (eg medicine if the ALRC is undertaking an inquiry in relation to health and the law, or criminology if the ALRC is working on an inquiry relating to sentencing).
The ALRC also will consider applications from recent graduates seeking unpaid work experience.
As there is strong demand for internships, there is a formal selection process. The following criteria will be taken into consideration:
- strong research skills;
- good oral and written communication skills;
- ability to work independently with professional guidance;
- good organisational and administrative skills;
- current course of study (with reference to years of study completed, subjects completed and grades attained);
- other completed courses and academic qualifications; and
- related work experience and interests.
The ALRC may request that applicants attend an interview as part of the selection process.
Please view their website on how to apply and for more details http://www.alrc.gov.au/about/legal-internship-program