have an interest in the area of native title and/or the broader Indigenous sector
have a strong sense of cultural awareness and sensitivity
have good interpersonal and communication skills
Can I count toward part of my PLT training?
It may be possible to count your Aurora internship towards your Practical Legal Training (PLT) requirements. If you are considering this option, you need to include this in the cover letter of your application.
What sort of work can I expect to do during my legal internship?
Interns can be placed in either the native title or non-native sector, supporting the legal staff of their Host.
Interns should expect to be given a balance of challenging and interesting tasks along with a fair amount of administrative tasks (database entry, filing etc.)
Most native title focused legal internships involve native title and land rights-related work, but the work may also cover anything from constitutional law to local government regulations.
Internships at organisations in the broader sector could encompass a wider range of issues relating to social justice, policy development and Indigenous affairs more generally. You should be aware that the work may not involve native title and these placements may also have a less legal focus.
Type of work of work undertaken by past legal interns:
Preparation of briefs to counsel
Preparation of submissions to Government
Preparation of affidavits
Drafting of consent determinations, court documents
Attending and taking minutes at claimant group and other meetings
Attending court with legal staff
Administrative tasks - filing, photocopying, catering for meetings, driving claimants to and from meetings
Researching and preparing information for the organisation’s website or preparing speeches
Preparing and attending events at your host organisation or other related events.