Local Court

Internship Program

Applications open soon

Applications for the 2020 Local Court Internship program will open on Monday 28 October 2019.

About the program

This program includes two internship types     

  • Unit of Study Internship - (via University of New England and Western Sydney University)

  • Practical Legal Training - (via University of Newcastle)

Why apply?

The benefits of this initiative include:

  • Ability to experience the Local Court in an unprecedented manner,
  • Ability to work closely with the judiciary,
  • Ability to take part in the justice process,
  • Learn court processes on the ground and not in the class room,
  • Learn court etiquette and rules of evidence from the bench and bar and
  • Understand the real life impacts of the law and its effects.

University of New England - Unit of Study Internship

This is an experiential learning unit.   Students will acquire professional legal experience.  This will be through their attachment to a NSW magistrate as an intern.   As such, students will experience first hand the workings of the NSW local court system.

Students’ internship component will be approximately 100 hours face-to-face time at court.  Students need to complete their internship in 13 weeks, with a minimum eight (8) hours per week at court.

To download a student handbook for UNE, students should click  here.

Western Sydney University - Unit of Study Internship

The internship will be undertaken as professional experience under the Special Studies in Law unit.

The expectation is that the internship component would consist of between 78 hours face time at the court. The internship should be completed within 14 weeks, with a minimum of 6 hours per week.

To download your student handbook for WSU click here.

University of Newcastle - Practical Legal Training

Students currently enrolled in the final year of the UON Practice Program are eligible to apply for this opportunity.

The expectation is that the internship component would consist of at least 90 hours face time at the court. The internship should be completed within 20 weeks, with a minimum of 4 hours per week.

To download your student handbook for UoN click here.

Eligibility Criteria

 To be eligible for the internship students will have to meet the following criteria:

  • Completed the subjects relating to criminal law and other units deemed appropriate by the University that the student attends.
  • Be enrolled full time or part time in a Bachelor of Laws, Juris Doctor, or equivalent.
  • Achieved a minimum (60%) average or credit across legal studies to date, or GPA of 5 and above.
  • Be able to complete the internship without compromising studies or examination periods.
  • If applying for unit of study, completed:
    • 4 LLB units (for WSU)
    • 72 credit points (for UNE)

Application process


Application deadline                   13 November 2019
Screening applications                 from 14 November 
Interviews                                       25 November  (UON) 
                                                          26 November (UNE)
                                                          27 November (WSU)
                                                           
Successful candidates notified   from 9 December
Internships commence                from 24 February 2020 (UON)
                                                          from  2 March 2020 (UNE)
                                                          from 9 March 20 20 (WSU)
Internship ends                             19 June (UON and UNE)
                                                           28 June (WSU)