Course Title: Justice and Legal Internship

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Justice and Legal Internship

Credit Points: 24


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Alasdair Henry

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 2384

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.04.03

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

 The professional Internship is generally done in the third year with most students choosing to complete it in second semester but it may be available at other times during your final year of study.

Commencement dates can be negotiated with the WIL Internship Co-ordinator who is contactable via the  email address.

Course Description

This course will enable you to engage in a work situation in a relevant justice organisation under the supervision of an approved field tutor. The experience you gain should assist you to make informed choices with respect to employment at the end of your studies. You will also gain expertise in completing job applications and an appreciation of workplace OH&S issues. Central to internship is learning by observation, participation in teams and undertaking work in employment or community organisations.

You may complete your internship by :

A. Placement within a relevant justice organisation for a 50 days; OR
B. Successful applicants may also complete a 50 day internship with the Bridge of Hope Innocence Initiative at RMIT.

Variations to these requirements must be negotiated with the JLWIL co-ordinator.
Your internship can be completed within Australia or in another country in an organisation or agency which is aligned with your study interests and career aspirations.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  • Self-appraise your performance in professional practice and critically examine factors that shape your professional identity
  • Analyse and critique professional practice in an organisation relevant to the justice sector and your career interests
  • Demonstrate your ability to learn from the experience of professional practice
  • Describe the role and function of employees working in the area;
  • Identify good teamwork principles and practices and group dynamics
  • Work productively with people from diverse backgrounds with diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Utilise effective interpersonal and communication skills
  • Assess the OH&S practices of the organisation;
  • Explain the organisational structure and administrative processes;
  • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the relevant organisation
  • Determine the suitability of the organisation as a potential employer where relevant ;
  • Demonstrate high level written and verbal communication skills relevant to the chosen workplace; and,
  • Demonstrate newly acquired skills resulting from the placement.

You will be assessed on your development of the following program learning outcomes:

  • Effectively apply the principles, theories and philosophies of the criminal justice system in practical contexts
  • Apply critically reflective thought and analytical thinking to problems related to crime management and criminal justice systems in local and international contexts
  • Reflect on and implement ethical practice and socially responsibility in diverse criminal justice settings
  • Effectively use a range of communication and conflict management skills to work productively within diverse criminal justice environments, and within teams

Overview of Learning Activities

The course may be offered in either fully online and/or face to face modes. Learning activities will also be experienced in the workplace.

The course may involve university or workplace seminars and you will be supervised by someone in the workplace from the host organisation as well as having an academic supervisor from the Justice & Legal Discipline Team.
Students who complete a placement with the Bridge of Hope Innocence Initiative at RMIT will engage in case file management, research and investigative activities relating to claims of wrongful conviction under the supervision of the Innocence Initiative staff. Activities may include field activities such as visits to prisons or crime scenes when appropriate.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.
A list of recommended learning resources will be provided, including books, journal articles and web resources. An introductory overview of key literature, concepts and processes/methods relevant to working with industry will be available. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning. You should also examine organisational documents whilst on placement to gain a broader understanding of the organisation and workforce.
Students who complete a placement with the Bridge of Hope Innocence Initiative at RMIT will be provided with relevant literature and other resources on site.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the learning outcomes of the course and on your development against the program learning outcomes. This includes satisfactory performance in the placement situation as reported by the field tutor and confirmed by the university supervisor. Some assessment will take place in the workplace.

Assessment activities for students who engage in a internship in a relevant justice organisation will include submission of a job application, peer reviews, job interview, reflective presentations/reports, quizzes and other online activities
Assessment activities for students who engage in a internship with the Bridge of Hope Innocence Initiative will include case file management, online quizzes, submission of a job application, job interview, reflective reports

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.
If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: