In 2021, the ACICIS Law Professional Practicum (LPP) will be offered virtually, with the support of the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan.
Launched in 2018, this program is designed for undergraduate students, postgraduate coursework students, and early career professionals.
The LPP is a six-week program that consists of intensive Indonesian language instruction at Atma Jaya University, English language lectures by local legal practitioners and experts in the field of law, and a supervised practicum placement with a local or international legal firm, government authority or non-government organisation (NGO). The program runs from early January to mid-February each year.
The professional practicum placement offers Australian students the opportunity to collaborate 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 program is 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 the ACICIS Law Professional Practicum students 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.
This experience provided me with opportunities and skills I could never learn in a classroom environment ACICIS Past Participant
The main aims of the LPP are to:
- Provide students with a practical learning experience with a Host Organisation (or individual practitioner) in the Indonesian legal environment; and
- To develop student’s knowledge of Indonesian law and legal practices, and the application of these legal concepts and practices within Indonesia’s legal sector;
- 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.
The structure of the six-week program is as follows:
- 40 hours of intensive Indonesian language classes at Atma Jaya University, designed to give participants basic Indonesian language capacity;
- 30 hours of seminars, tutorials and virtual fieldtrips led by experts and practitioners from Indonesian legal organisations and industry; and
- A 160 hour 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.
An Academic Program Officer (APO) is assigned for the duration of the APP to oversee all aspects of the program, including the supervision of its academic content. The APO also acts as the primary source of guidance and advice for students. The APO is available for student consultations on a regular schedule or by appointment. For the 2018 pilot program, Dr Petra Mahy and Dr Selvie Sinaga were the APOs. In 2019 and 2020, Dr Selvie Sinaga was again an APO, along with Ms Patriani Paramita Mulia.
Participating students are also allocated a workplace mentor at their practicum host organisation who will supervise a student’s work within the organisation for the duration of the student’s practicum placement. Participants must endeavour to regularly meet with their workplace mentor (as a guide, approximately three times a week) throughout the placement. Over the course of the program, the APO should be invited to attend at least two meetings between the student and their host organisation mentor.
All ACICIS programs operate under the direction of the ACICIS Resident Director, Dr Adrian Budiman, assisted by administrative staff in both Australia and Indonesia, assisted by administrative staff in both Australia and Indonesia. ACICIS’ administrative staff will check in with participants throughout the program and are available during business hours to assist with any concerns.
Virtual Internship Notes
- Applicants should be aware that they are applying for the program, not a specific placement. Participants must therefore accept that they may not be placed in their desired choice. In addition, all ACICIS placements with organisations depend entirely on the goodwill and preparedness of such organisations to host participants. Such organisations retain the right to withdraw from the program or vary the number of participants they host at any stage. Therefore, while acting in good faith in preparing participants for placements, ACICIS cannot guarantee any specific internship site and participants must accept this need for flexibility as a condition of participation in the Law Professional Practicum.
- Program participants are required to have access to a personal laptop or computer, and a reliable internet connection throughout the duration of the program.
- Participants are encouraged to have a work-space set up with their homes, so that they are able to attend all components of the program without distraction. A comfortable space with suitable lighting is recommended.
- Participants will be conducting meetings via Zoom and other online learning platforms and are required to dress and groom themselves as they ordinarily would for university or an in-person professional placement. More information on expected dress codes will be provided in pre-program correspondence.
- Orientation is compulsory for all LPP participants. If you cannot attend orientation then you will, unfortunately, not be able to participate in the program.