International Clinical Legal Externship

Course code LAWS5036
Available in 2016
2016 Course Timetables


This course requires students to integrate real world skills and experience with theoretical concepts and knowledge obtained during their program in an international context. Students will undertake an international work-integrated placement, in block mode. This is achieved through integrating real world skills and experience with work-integrated, experiential learning supported by appropriate readings and academic guidance.

Students gain entry to the course through competitive process to a partially funded international WIL opportunity organised by the Faculty of Business and Law. Further details appear under 'Content' below. In either case, direction will be provided on-site by a placement supervisor.

Admission to this course is based on merit and the number of places available will be restricted. Students should enquire through the Course Coordinator.



  • Semester 1 - 2016
  • Semester 2 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate legal skills and expertise within the context of international clinical placement;

2. Reflect on the concepts of access to justice and pro bono legal practice within the context of a South-East Asia legal system;

3. Demonstrate their ability to practise cross-cultural communication in legal contexts;

4. Synthesise their social and legal experience for the purpose of oral presentation.


Students access this course through competitive entry to a partially-funded international clinical legal externship opportunity organised by the Newcastle Law School. This is offered in partnership with Bridges Across Borders South East Asia (BABSEACLE). In South East Asia, BABSEACLE is the leading and highly respected provider of externships in Thailand, Cambodia, Viet Nam, Laos and Indonesia. Most Australian law students will not have had any opportunity to work in a legal context with developing communities on access to justice projects.

Entry is based on GPA and a written expression of interest which addresses the student"s interest in the externship program, the value of the experience to future career goals and how the experience relates to the student"s developing conceptions of law and justice. Preference will be given to law students in their final year of study, and as there is already a quota established for ATSI law students in the LLB/DipLegPrac program, one place may be reserved for qualified ATSI law students. Domestic students only are qualified to apply.

During the teaching term and before commencing the placement students must attend a short lecture series to cover course requirements, assessment processes, cross-cultural communication and workplace issues including professional standards of conduct, Equity and Diversity and WH&S requirements.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws and associated combined degree programs or Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and associated combined degree programs.

Assumed Knowledge

Successful completion of at least 160 units of study.

Assessment Items

Journal: Reflective journal/diary

Presentation: Post placement presentation

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Cross-cultural communication exercises

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 30 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks

Students must complete compulsory classes prior to their placement (WHS Safety Induction and Risk Assessment; workplace induction and cross cultural communication) and a final debriefing session and presentation after their placement.