Professional Experience and Internships
At UOW Law, we view professional experience as an integral part of legal education. It allows students to observe the law in action and identify and reflect on the connections and gaps between theory and practice. It allows students to apply and enhance their knowledge and skills and helps them form a sense of professional legal identity and build professional networks. UOW Law students are exposed to range of professional experience opportunities including:
- A mandatory 20 day legal internship unique to Australian Law Schools as part of LLB 397 Legal Internship
- The District Court Judges Program
- The Lucy Mentoring Program - an innovative leadership program for female students
- Volunteer opportunities promoting access to justice through the Community Outreach Service Learning (COSL) program
- Other work experience or internship opportunities
Opportunities now available through District and Local Courts
The School of Law at UOW is very excited and pleased with the new opportunities afforded to our law students through the involvement of the District Court Judges and Local Court Magistrates. Students now have the opportunity to complete their required twenty (20) day Legal Internship Placement (LLB397), which forms part of their law degree, through these chambers and courts.
Through the Chief Judge of the District court of NSW, Justice D Price AM and the Deputy Chief Magistrate of the Local Court of NSW, Magistrate Chris O’Brien, UOW students are able to attend at the Sydney District Courts as well as the District Court in Campbelltown, Parramatta and Wollongong, and the Magistrate Courts in Blacktown, Campbelltown Children’s Court and Campbelltown Local Court, Cooma, Coonabarabran, Coonamble, Coroner’s Court, Glebe, Downing Centre Sydney, Dubbo, Gilgandra, Gosford, Gunnedah, Hunter Children’s Court (Cessnock, Kurri Kurri, Maitland, Muswellbrook & Raymond Terrace), Katoomba, Liverpool Local Court, Narrabri, Newcastle, Parramatta Local & Children’s Court, Peak Hill, Picton, Local court, Queanbeyan, Sutherland, Tamworth, Waverley, Wee Waa, Wellington, Windsor and Wyong.
The program first commenced in the Summer of 2015/2016 session when 17 UOW law students were placed at the Chambers of the District Court Judges and a further 7 law students completed their 20 day placement at the Magistrates’ Courts.
Given that UOW draws students from a wide cross section of New South Wales these opportunities allow for students to attend rural and regional locations, particularly if those locations are near their family home. This is especially beneficial given that the program is designed to take place during what is normally the ‘university break’.
Administrative Officer, Internships and Student Engagement
Phone: +61 2 4221 5331