International Clinical Legal Externship

Course code LAWS5036
Available in 2016
2016 Course Timetables


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

Students gain entry to the course through competitive process to an international work integrated learning opportunity organised by the Newcastle Law School. Direction will be provided on-site by a placement supervisor. For some iterations of this course, flights, accommodation and other costs will be partially subsidised by the Federal Government. In addition, OS-HELP loans may be available to help cover these costs.



  • Semester 2 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate legal skills and expertise within the context of international work integrated learning placement;

2. Reflect on particular legal issues within the context of the legal system of a country other than Australia;

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

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


Students access this course through competitive entry to an international work integrated learning opportunity organised by the Newcastle Law School. 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. Short interviews may also be held to assess entry. Preference may be given to students in their penultimate year of study. Places may be reserved for qualified ATSI law students and preference may also be given to students from low SES backgrounds.

Some government funding may be available to subsidise students' costs for this course, as well as financial assistance under the Federal Goverment's OS-HELP loan program. Information on this assistance will be made available at the time enrolments are invited.

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 including 60 units of LAWS courses.

Assessment Items

Journal: Reflective journal/diary/video diary or blog regarding placement experience

Presentation: Post Placement Presentation

Written Assignment: Written Assignment

Contact Hours



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

Please note that some iterations of the course will have different combinations of hours/weeks. Students may be required to complete more than 60 hours of practical.


Face to Face Off Campus 60 hour(s) per Term

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