Expressions of Interest are now open for interested JCU Law students to participate in the
International Legal Studies Externship Clinic to Chiang Mai, Thailand, in SP6 of 2019, as part of
LA4041 Legal Placement. Note: If you have already completed LA4041 OR LA4014 OR
LA4044, you are ineligible to apply.
JCU is proud to partner with BABSEACLE to send up to ten (10) students. Successful students
will be entitled to a $3,000 grant through the New Colombo Plan (NCP) funding which has been
obtained specifically for this externship.
The BABSEACLE Legal Studies Externship Clinic has worked with more than 1000 students
coming from more than 20 countries worldwide. The BABSEACLE Externship Clinic offers
interns a hands-on opportunity to make a real contribution to helping people achieve access
to justice while being involved in a remarkable experience of living and working in Asia.
The clinic focuses on a number of key areas related to both helping others to achieve access
to justice and personal social justice development. As a BABSEACLE extern you will
contribute in many ways including:
Working directly with BABSEACLE and its access to justice partners in Chiang Mai,
assisting in the development of materials and systems used to strengthen their access to
justice programs.
Supporting the development of access to justice and pro bono initiatives that BABSEACLE
currently supports across the Asia region.
Assisting in the development of materials and planning for the 8
Asia Pro Bono
Conference, and the 11
Access to Justice Week.
Supporting legal research related to access to counsel and legal service providers for
vulnerable and marginalised persons and communities. Example thematic areas include;
LGBTIQI rights, women’s rights, indigenous rights, rights of drug users, migrant worker
rights, disability rights, elderly rights, environmental justice and many more.
Engage in cross-disciplinary learning activities with JCU Education students who will be
undertaking an education placement at the same time.
Applicants must:
be an Australian citizen. Applicants cannot undertake their externship in a Host
Location in which they hold dual citizenship or permanent residency; or in which they
have previously been a citizen or permanent resident
be undertaking a Bachelor Degree or Bachelor Honours Degree when the externship
program commences
not be a previous recipient of a New Colombo Plan Scholarship
Successful applicants are not allowed to commence another Australian Government funded
off-shore Scholarship Program or mobility grant (including a New Colombo Plan Mobility
Program grant) while undertaking their New Colombo Plan externship program.
Application Process
The application process requires students to complete the attached Expression of Interest
(EOI) form and submit as per instructions provided at the bottom of the form. Application
deadline is Friday, 15
March. No late applications will be accepted.
All applicants will receive an email confirmation of receipt (of EOI) from the WIL Student
Placement Advisor. All applicants will be advised whether or not they have been shortlisted,
no later than Friday, 22
The WIL Coordinator and BABSEACLE will shortlist candidates based upon the EOI. Shortlisted
candidates will be expected to attend a pre-selection Skype interview with the BABSEACLE
team in the week commencing Monday, 25
March. Final offers will be made to the
successful candidates in that same week.
Clinic Costs
Approximate cost for this Clinic will be $2,400 USD (supervision, materials, internal
transportation, work permit and accommodation costs). This cost does not include other
expenses including LA4041 Legal Placement subject fee, flights or visa.
Students may be eligible to apply for an OS-HELP Loan to assist with the cost of flights and
other living expenses. Details regarding OS-HELP loan
JCU will arrange a full pre-departure risk assessment for selected students. As an official
elective law course, JCU travel, personal accident, professional indemnity and public liability
insurance will cover students on placement.
Formal assessment forms part of LA4041 and involves reflective journals, assignments and
regular tasks students will undertake for BABSEACLE. Reflective tasks and assignments may
be undertaken with JCU Education students who will be undertaking a teaching practicum in
Chiang Mai at the same time.
Students will be expected to attend a pre-departure induction with LA4041 Subject
Coordinator in early May 2019 (date/time TBA).
All initial enquiries regarding this externship opportunity should be directed to:
Associate Professor Mandy Shircore, Subject Coordinator,, 423 21353
Mandy Brock, WIL Student Placement Advisor, (please ensure
you monitor all emails from this email address), 423 21066
International Legal Studies Externship Clinic
Chiang Mai, Thailand
July - dates to be confirmed (SP6)
Contact Details
Contact Details
Title: Name:
Student Number: Phone:
Email address:
Campus: Date:
A quota applies to this subject. This information combined with prior academic performance may be
taken into account in determining student placement.
An Interview may also take place to determine final student list.
1. A focus of this externship placement is promotion of Sustainable Development Goal 16.
Please explain your understanding of and interest in social justice and access to justice.
2. After reading about BABSEACLE on their website, what attracts you to understanding this
externship placement?
3. Developing cross-cultural (or intercultural) competencies will be another focus of the externship
placement. What is your understanding of "cross-cultural competencies”?
Submission Instructions:
Email EOI along with a copy of your Unofficial Academic Transcript to: