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Centre internships | International internship opportunities | Units of study | Prizes

Centre internships

CAPLUS offers up to two internship positions to the University of Sydney Law School students in each semester of the academic year. Interns must be available to work the equivalent of one day per week for the duration of the semester. Interns are involved in the full range of the Centre’s activities, including research, hosting public seminars and conferences, assisting with the organisation of the Centre's offshore academic programs, drafting policy submissions and so on. There are also some administrative duties. Interns report to the Centre Director and will work closely with the director and associate directors, the administrator, and the associates of the Centre. Interns interested in Japan may also be invited to work with the Australian Network for Japanese Law on projects agreed with CAPLUS. Please note that internship positions are unpaid.

Selection Criteria: Applicants must have a strong overall academic record. Preference will be given to applicants with a demonstrated interest in Chinese, Japanese, Malaysian or Indonesian law, but students interested in other Asian jurisdictions are also strongly encouraged to apply. An Asian language would be beneficial but is not essential. Further details regarding the requirements of this position are available in the Position Accountability Statement.

To Apply:
Please have the following documents ready:
- a copy of your CV
- academic transcript to date
- and a cover letter addressing why you would like to work as an intern with the Centre.

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Applications are now closed for Semester 2, 2017

International internship opportunities


ZICOlaw offers a number of internship opportunities for Sydney Law School students at their prinicpal legal office in Malaysia, Zaid Ibrahim & Co.

Short Term Internship Program
The Short Term Internship Program runs over 2 weeks for first and second year law students to gain a sense of how the study of law fits into the practice of law. Intake is year long.

Long Term Internship Program
The Long Term Internship Program runs over 4 weeks or more and is for post-second year law students to familiarise themselves with the pressures and life-style of practice. Intake is year long.

Structured Internship Program
The Structured Internship Program is an intensive and immersive 4-week program for penultimate and final year law students. This program runs annually in July and is designed to introduce practice skills and to provide an introduction to the Malaysian legal framework relevant to legal practice. Intake is limited to 20 students a year.

Students interested in applying for any of these opportunites are advised to contact Associate Professor Salim Farrar for further information and guidance.

Units of study

Sydney Law School offers a range of elective units of study in Asian and Pacific law for undergraduate, Juris Doctor and postgraduate students. Chinese law is taught intensively both in Sydney (in alternate years and to undergraduate and Juris Doctor students only) and in China at the Shanghai Winter School. Japanese law is taught intensively in Japan at the Kyoto and Tokyo Seminars. Indonesian and Malaysian law is also taught offshore at the Southeast Asia Field School.

The following units of study that are offered includes:


Juris Doctor



 Name of Award

Awarded to


 ANJeL/Ashurst Essay Prize in Japanese Law

 see ANJeL website for details


 ANJeL/Akira Kawamura Prize in Japanese Law

 see ANJeL website for details


 Law Press Asia Prize for Chinese Legal Studies (UG/JD)

 the student with the highest mark in Chinese law


 Law Press Asia Prize for Chinese Legal Studies (PG)

 the student with the highest mark in Chinese law