Opportunities for Law students

In addition to the core practical skills you will develop while studying law at UniSA, we advertise a wide range of external practical experiences that will enhance your portfolio. Participating in placements, exchange programs and other opportunities gives you the chance to add something interesting to your resume, network amongst the professionals, and to get a feel for what life is like after university.

These positions are advertised on behalf of the corresponding organisations. We encourage you to apply.

Visit the Fair Work Ombudsman for information on work experience and vocational placement.

Job/internship opportunities

  • Heuzenroeders Lawyers
  • Law Society of SA 'Clerkship Referral Service'
  • Thomas Philip Advocates and Solicitors
  • Legal Services Commission
  • Ombudsman SA Internship

Overseas study

  • Aim overseas
  • Study Overseas Foundation

Volunteer placements

  • Antipodeans Abroad UniBreak International
  • Australian Volunteers International
  • Projects Abroad - Voluntary Law & Human Rights Internships
  • UniSA placement grant applications

GDLP placements

  • Legal Advice Clinic
  • Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
  • Slice Corporate Services Pty Ltd

Job opportunities

Heuzenroeders Lawyers

Heuzenroeders Lawyers is based in Tanunda and has been providing services to the Barossa since 1895. The firm offers a great team environment and the opportunity to enjoy the relaxed Barossa lifestyle. The firm is very keen to offer a placement and/or work experience at their firm to a UniSA final year law student. You may be interested in such a placement for GDLP, for your own personal development, or you may like to use it as a placement for the course LAWS 4007 Lawyers, Ethics and Society (Advanced: Clinical Placement).

Being a country practice, the firm deals with a broad range of legal matters in the areas of:

  • Family law
  • Commercial and corporate law
  • Personal injury law
  • Criminal law
  • Wills and estates
  • Property law and conveyancing
  • Intellectual property law.

They would welcome the opportunity to provide law students in the final years of study with an opportunity to experience working in a country practice with a small team of highly qualified lawyers. Ideally, the student(s) would live in the northern suburbs and be interested in continuing to work in the country.

If you are interested in this opportunity please send a copy of your academic transcript and a short CV to:

Ada Lester 
Heuzenroeders Lawyers 
PO Box 60 

For further information call +61 8 8561 1000 or email ada@heuz.com.au.

Law Society of SA 'Clerkship Referral Service'

The Law Society of South Australia has established a 'Clerkship Referral Service'. This service lists employers who offer student placements across various areas of law and have registered their details with the Society. Firms will be able to update the information about current placements on offer at any time.

For further information on this service and to look at the placement opportunities available through the Law Society of SA, visit their website.

Thomas Philip Advocates and Solicitors

Internships will be one month in duration and are available throughout the calendar year. Kuala Lumpur-based, Thomas Philip is a prominent litigation practice in Malaysia. The firm's website will provide the background for any interested students.

The Internship program focuses on core litigation skills: interviewing, ethics, communication, independence, research, drafting and advocacy. An opportunity to put into practice what has been and is being learned during law studies; to experience practical aspects of the legal profession in general and litigation specifically. All law students work with lawyers in practice who will provide support in all activity during their Internship.

Terms and conditions:

  • Interns pay their own return air fare
  • Pick up at airport on arrival and return on departure provided by firm
  • Accommodation in company apartment
  • Stipend of RM500 to offset daily expenses.

Applicants are asked to forward a personal statement and a copy of their curriculum vitae supported by a reference from a law staff member (verified) to Mr Peter Habel pjh@thomasphilip.com.my.

Legal Services Commission

The Law Society of SA provides you with very useful information on job applications, interviews, salary negotiation, as well as career development and law positions available.

For further information visit the Law Society of SA website.

Ombudsman SA Internship

The Ombudsman is an independent statutory officer appointed under the Ombudsman Act 1972 (SA). As part of undertaking an internship or placement with the Ombudsman SA you will:

  • read files and help to determine whether the complainant has a case to be made
  • develop case file chronologies
  • sit in on and potentially conduct client interviews
  • conduct legal research for audits and investigations.

You can undertake an internship with the Ombudsman SA through the course, LAWS 4007 Lawyers, Ethics and Society (Advanced: Clinical Placement).

For further information visit the Ombudsman SA website.


Overseas study

Aim Overseas

AIM Overseas specialises in offering intensive academic courses taught at universities overseas. They are high quality programs taught at some of the world's best universities.

AIM Overseas courses are:

  • Three to four weeks long
  • Taught in English (except language programs!)
  • Taught by a university overseas that has expertise in the topic being offered
  • Academically rigourous and designed to count for credit
  • Designed to be eligible for funding
  • Covered by Australia's best-practice health and safety advice and support

Studying overseas is an exceptional experience - you can gain credit towards your degree, obtain scholarships and Government funding. Our returned students tell us it was 'a life changing experience' and 'the best thing' they have ever done. You'll experience the culture and studying environment at another university and see the world in a thoughtfully structured, safe and highly engaging way.

For more information, go to www.aimoverseas.com.au, call (02) 9975 7792 or email info@aimoverseas.com.au.

Study Overseas Foundation

The Study Overseas Foundation is pleased to announce its inaugural round of outbound student mobility scholarships for Australian university students to study abroad. The scholarships are intended to promote the recipients' academic development at an educational institution overseas by way of study of a component of an Australian course. They are designed to support students that can demonstrate leadership potential or who can clearly show how their overseas study experience will assist them to become a better leader in their field.

Students are able to apply in one of three categories:

  • Business leadership
  • Leadership in community or international development
  • Leadership in the sciences.

A total of five $1000 scholarships will be allocated across these three categories in the first funding round. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit, including academic performance and demonstration of leadership potential.

Visit www.studyoverseas.org.au for further information.


Volunteer placements

Antipodeans Abroad UniBreak International

Our placements enable students to apply course work in supported, practical settings during their holidays. They will gain invaluable insight into the developing world while connecting with local communities.

Fiji - Teaching Placement 
A unique and authentic opportunity for students to visit the idyllic island of Fiji and make a valuable contribution to the educational development of Fijian children. During the placement students will have the opportunity work alongside local teachers and be involved in teaching English, arts, music and sport at a local primary school.

Cambodia - Teaching placement 
Students will have the opportunity to work in two centres that provide free English classes for primary school children. The centres aim to supplement the children’s education and help them learn English. Teaching follows a flexible syllabus involving conversation exercises, games and songs. You will also assist local teachers with lesson planning and help with pronunciations.

A placement such as this will add value to student's resume and increase their knowledge of increase their knowledge of global issues through practical experience working with small communities on a local scale. Students can apply online.

Visit antipodeans.com.au for more information.

Australian Volunteers International

Australian Volunteers International manages people-centred development projects and programs in a wide range of countries. Their work focuses on reducing poverty, providing health and education services, promoting human rights and gender equality, and protecting the environment.

For more information, register to attend an information session.

Projects Abroad - Voluntary Law & Human Rights Internships

Projects Abroad offers law students the opportunity to work on international human rights and commercial law programs in several developing countries such as Ghana, South Africa, Tanzania, China, Mongolia and Cambodia.

Projects Abroad programs are available throughout the year, for varying durations; some programs are eligible to contribute toward your Global Experience Suite and you may even be entitled to a Global Experience Travel Grant.

You can find more details on placements abroad by visiting the Projects Abroad website, or alternatively contact 1300 132 831 or info@projects-abroad.com.au.

UniSA placement grant applications

The UniSA Placement Grant provides support for undergraduate students who undertake a placement of four weeks or more, and choose to relocate to undertake a program required placement in a remote or rural location or at a disadvantaged community. The grant assists with associated costs such as travel, accommodation and living expenses. To determine if you are eligible for the grant, refer to the criteria as outlined on the UniSA Placement Grant webpage.

UniSA Placement Grant applications are now open all year, closing at the end of November. Apply online via 'My Scholarships' in the student portal.



GDLP placements

Legal Advice Clinic

The Legal Advice Clinic is accepting applications from UniSA students wanting to do their placement (or part of their placement) at the Clinic for the professional experience component of their Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.

At the Clinic you will be provided with the opportunity to further develop your legal skills in a variety of areas. The Clinic provides free legal advice and assistance on a wide range of matters to the general community. You will be able to interview clients and provide advice and assistance under the close supervision of a legal practitioner. The provision of advice will be done orally and in writing and this gives you an excellent opportunity to further develop your communication, legal drafting, and writing skills. Placement at the Clinic will also help you to develop your understanding of the different services and stakeholders in the legal system. Such knowledge will serve you well irrespective of what path you take in your career.

You will need to have successfully completed Professional Conduct and apply by sending your resume, cover letter, and academic transcript (an unofficial copy will do) to:

Matthew Atkinson 
UniSA Justice and Society, University of South Australia 
GPO Box 2471 

For further information about undertaking a placement with the Legal Advice Clinic, please contact Matthew Atkinson, Managing Solicitor, at matthew.atkinson@unisa.edu.au or on + 61 8 8302 9954.

Norman Waterhouse Lawyers

Norman Waterhouse Lawyers have expressed an interest to host GDLP placement students. If you would like to apply for a placement please contact:

Sathish Dasan 
Norman Waterhouse Lawyers 
Level 15, 45 Pirie Street 
Phone: 08 8210 1253 
Email: sdasan@normans.com.au

Slice Corporate Services Pty Ltd

Maggie Yarak has been a facilitator and lecturer in the GDLP program for the Law Society and Flinders University for the last four years in the Corporate and Commercial Unit and Property Unit. She commenced in-house practice in 2008 and before that worked in private firms in Adelaide specialising in commercial litigation.

GDLP placements are hard to get for many students and Maggie would like to offer her in-house department as an option. They deal with mainly business law, corporate law and litigation, property law and management, intellectual property, consumer law and franchising law. Aside from Maggie there are 2 corporate solicitors employed in the department.

If you would like further information about this opportunity please contact Slice Corporate Services Pty Ltd on legal@craftmatic.com.au