Private Law or Government Internship : Current Students : The University of Western Australia

Current Students

Private Law or Government Internship

Further Information

Penny Carruthers

The Private Law or Government Internship provides an opportunity for students to gain practical legal experience in private law firms and government legal departments.

Participation in the Private Law or Government Internship introduces students to the skills, practical knowledge and understanding of values needed to practice as a lawyer.

Student Experiences

ACCCThe Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is an independent Commonwealth statutory authority whose role is to enforce the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and a range of additional legislation, promoting competition, fair trading and regulating national infrastructure for the benefit of all Australians.  UWA JD students, Filomena Mazzeo and Chris Burch interned at the Melbourne office of the ACCC. Jane Bourke interned at the ACCC's Perth Office.

Interns"My name is Filomena Mazzeo and my internship was at the ACCC in Melbourne. I had an amazing experience at the ACCC and worked for some really talented and incredible people. I learnt and experienced many different things during my time there; from assessing the Franchising Code of Conduct and calling up franchisees, to surveillance exercises in Melbourne supermarkets, to meetings with consultants on research projects and learning the complexities of olive oil. I am extremely grateful to the Legal Internship Unit for giving me this wonderful and rare opportunity to see what it’s like to work at the ACCC full time and to meet some fantastic people."

nullTim O’Shannassy interned at Squire Patton Boggs, a full service global law firm that provides a multidisciplinary team of over 1,500 lawyers in 44 offices across 21 countries. 
“Up until commencing the Internship Unit at UWA I was yet to work in a commercial legal environment, and, although this was somewhat daunting to begin with, the opportunity to learn from and work with leading practitioners in Perth soon made it an enjoyable and thoroughly interesting experience.
As part of the unit’s practical component, I was fortunate enough to work at Squire Patton Boggs one day per week for the 12 weeks of semester, during which time I was given work tasks from various practice groups within the firm; from Corporate to Mining and Energy, as well as Pro Bono and Construction. This work ranged from drafting various forms of documents to even assisting in the research and organisation of a seminar event run by the firm.
Whilst the work I received often challenged my legal knowledge (and would regularly require me asking several questions or conducting further research to improve my understanding), the fact that I was attending over 12 weeks, combined with being placed in an understanding and supportive working environment meant that I was given ample time to complete tasks whilst also conversing with other team members which gave me a great insight into life as a commercial lawyer.
I would recommend this unit, and specifically the commercial stream, to anybody who is seeking to build upon and apply the legal principles that they have learnt from theory-based units in the earlier stages of their degree.”