LAWS373-21A (C) Any Time Start 2021

Washington Internship

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 4 January 2021
End Date: Sunday, 2 January 2022
Withdrawal Dates
The withdrawal dates for this course (both with and without fee refund) will be confirmed once a) the course start date and b) course length is confirmed. Students are advised to consult the department for further information.


Enrolment is open to recipients of Washington Internship only. In any year only two awards will be made. Application details are available from the School of Law.

The ability of Law students to engage in legal work, and more widely, to be exposed to the business and social environment, as part of their university training is widely recognised as a crucial component of the training of prospective lawyers, entrepreneurs and business people. To cater for this, the legal internship experience may take many forms and is not merely limited to working in a law firm under the direct supervision of a Barrister or Solicitor.

In this course, students are given the opportunity to develop expertise in the real-world environment. The essence of the course is learning and applying legal and business skills in the workplace, either as a volunteer or as a compensated intern. Internships may be served anywhere in  New Zealand, or, with the approval of the School of Law, at an approved host outside New Zealand's borders. (On application, internships completed prior to the commencement of the course may also be approved). Under guidance of academic staff, students are expected to seek out their own internship opportunities.

There are also a number of structured internship opportunities students may apply for, like the annual Police Prosecution Internship over December/January in Christchurch; the Washington Internship in the USA, also over December/January,  and a new proposed internship in Refugee and Immigration Law at the Harvard University Law School (inception subject to Covid19 travel relaxations).

Learning Outcomes

  • The objectives of this course are:

  • To provide a gateway between the theoretical and abstract study of law and its more practical application in the practice of law; its application in business settings, and its impact on the community (especially with relation to access to justice issues);
  • To train students on the basic elements of professional conduct and behaviour;
  • To enable students to appreciate the influence of law and legal concepts within a wider social, business and professional environment;
  • To stimulate a critical awareness of the functioning of law and its place with society;
  • To develop basic skills of self-analysis, based on effective self-reflection techniques;
  • To equip a student with the ability to utilise academic research in a 'real world' setting.
  • To assist a student to acquire a range of new skills and knowledge, and to develop the ability to assess how the internship experience impacts of their personal and professional value-systems.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


Subject to approval of the Head of Department.

Contact Person

Heather Couch

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $831.00

International fee $4,200.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Limited Entry Course

Maximum enrolment is 2

For further information see Faculty of Law .

All LAWS373 Occurrences

  • LAWS373-21A (C) Any Time Start 2021