Self-sourced internships

Self-sourced law internships

If you are studying the Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor, you have the option of sourcing your own internship in a legal environment.

You should be supervised by a legal professional, and completing tasks that are substantially of a legal nature, exposing you to real work in your chosen discipline.

Self-sourced legal placements are completed under MLL338 Legal Professional Practice (undergraduate students) or MLJ738 Legal Professional Practice (Juris Doctor students) – please read further information about these units below.

Important Information

This unit provides students with the opportunity to source and complete an approved placement in order to gain experience in a legal environment. Students will develop the ability to apply and deepen their theoretical knowledge of the law, improve vital oral and interpersonal communication skills, and and further develop their legal and skills by applying them in a practical legal context.

Unit Code

From T1 2020, MLL338 Legal Professional Practice (undergraduate students) or MLJ738 Legal Professional Practice (Juris Doctor students).

Key features

  • Students must meet the pre-requisite for the chosen unit prior to applying
  • Deakin insurance will comprehensively cover students on approved unpaid placements
  • Can be taken anywhere in Australia or internationally
  • Receive credit for a placement with a law firm of your choice

Who can apply?

This unit is available as a law elective to students in the Bachelor of Laws and Juris Doctor. It is your responsibility to ensure that taking a WIL unit contributes towards your course requirements, and will not prevent you from meeting your course rules. Please speak with a Student Adviser if you are unsure; you can contact them on or (03) 9244 6555.

How to apply

Please note that all applications are subject to the approval of the WIL Team. If you feel ready to submit an application for a self-sourced placement, please click the button below to view the step-by-step guide and download the necessary documents.


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