Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


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 access to this course through competitive entry organised by the Newcastle Law School. The externship will typically be partially funded by the School through external competitive funding; self-funded externships may also be offered. Entry is based on GPA and a written explanation as to how the course will contribute to future career goals. The number of places available may be restricted. On commencing this course but before starting the overseas activity, students must complete a health and safety and risk induction. Full information on this compulsory component will be provided in the Course Outline.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Summer 1 - 2020.

Learning outcomes

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

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

2. Reflect on the concepts of access to justice and legal practice within the foreign legal system;

3. Demonstrate their ability to practice cross-cultural communication in legal contexts and awareness of cultural sensitivity;

4. Synthesize their social and legal experience in writing and for the purpose of oral presentation.


During the teaching term and before commencing the off-shore activity, students must complete compulsory lectures covering course content, assessment processes, cultural awareness and health and safety. Students must also attend a final debriefing seminar and present on their learning and experiences upon their return. Students will undertake practical learning during the trip through placement activities.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Juris Doctor/Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice or Master of Laws or Master of Environmental Law programs.

Assumed knowledge

This course is open to students in the Juris Doctor/Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice Program and the Master of Laws program. Assumed knowledge for JD/GDLP students: LAWS6001, LAWS6002A, LAWS6002B, LAWS6003A, LAWS6003B, LAWS6004A, LAWS6004B, LAWS6005.

Assessment items

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

Journal: Reflective journal/diary

Presentation: Post placement oral presentation

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.