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What is the Law Professional Practicum (LPP)?

Piloting in 2018, ACICIS’ Law Professional Practicum Program will be a six-week study program, undertaken in Jakarta prior to the commencement of the Australian academic calendar year (January – February). The program, hosted by an ACICIS Indonesian Partner University (TBC) will consist of an initial two weeks of intensive Indonesian language instruction and English language lectures by local legal practitioners and experts in the field of law, followed by a four-week supervised practicum placement with a local or international legal firm, government authority or non-government organisation (NGO). The program will be designed to cater for students with no existing Indonesian language skills. Candidates with existing language skills will, however, be welcome.

Indonesia’s legal system is characterised by complexity and a remarkable level of pluralism. Within the nation there are multiple and overlapping bodies of law including colonial, national, Islamic, and customary law, that apply to particular groups and govern particular realms of social, cultural, and economic activity in Indonesia. With Indonesia and Australia sharing extensive maritime boundaries, matters of international law, national sovereignty, security and transnational law-enforcement remain prevalent issues within the Australia-Indonesia bilateral relationship. Moreover, with increasingly important commercial, trade and tourism links between Australia and Indonesia, understanding the legal system of Australia’s northern neighbour has never been more important. On ACICIS’ Law Professional Practicum students will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of and experience the uniqueness of the Indonesian legal system and to add an international perspective to their degree.

New Colombo Plan Mobility Grants of $3,000 are available to ACICIS member university students participating in this program in 2017 and 2018.

See here for more information about the ACICIS New Colombo Plan Mobility Program Funding.

ACICIS has received over $291,000 to support up to 97 students to undertake the program between 2018 and 2020. Seven ACICIS member universities – Monash University, Murdoch University, Queensland University of Technology, University of Tasmania, University of Technology Sydney, University of the Sunshine Coast, and UNSW Australia – presently have funding to support students participation in this program.

The professional practicum placement will involve Australian students collaborating with Indonesian peers and legal practitioners to gain experience within the legal profession, and to develop their professional skills, while building their networks within the Indonesian legal fraternity.

The LPP is designed for students who have no existing Indonesian language skills. Candidates with existing language skills are also welcome. All industry placements provide an English-language working environment.

Aims

The two main aims of the LPP are to:

  1. Provide students with a practical learning experience with a Host Organisation (or individual practitioner) in the Indonesian legal environment; and
  2. To enhance bilateral understanding through the creation of new partnerships between Australian and Indonesian counterparts, and serve as a medium for the exchange of ideas in the field of law.

Structure

The structure of the six-week program is as follows:

  • Two weeks of intensive Indonesian language classes (mornings) at an Indonesian Partner University (TBC) designed to give participants basic Indonesian language capacity. It is then followed by English-language seminars, workshops and field trips (afternoons), led by experts and practitioners from Indonesian legal organisations and industry; and
  • A four-week supervised practicum placement designed to give participants an English-speaking professional experience within an Indonesian or international organisation (or with an individual practitioner) operating within Indonesia’s legal industry.

Supervision

ACICIS’ programs in Indonesia operate under the direction of the ACICIS Resident Director, Ms Elena Williams.

In addition, a professional Program Officer (PO) will be assigned for the duration of the LPP to oversee all aspects of the program, including the supervision of its academic content.  Participants will also be allocated a workplace mentor at their respective practicum host organisation who will manage the student’s work within the organisation for the duration of the student’s practicum placement.