South-East Asia International Legal Studies Clinic (Virtual)

New Colombo Plan grants are available for a limited number of law students to undertake a virtual international clinical placement over the Summer Semester 2021-2022. Academic credit for this placement is granted through the elective law course LAWS5233 Transnational Perspectives in Law*.

Students will work with international partner BABSEACLE to gain real-world global understanding and experience with an NGO based in South-East Asia (Thailand, Laos, Myanmar). BABSEACLE is a non-profit access to justice initiative committed to creating globally greater access to justice through pro bono, rule of law and justice education initiatives.

You will contribute in many ways including:

  • Undertaking legal research related to access to legal service providers for vulnerable and marginalised persons and communities;
  • Providing community legal education English lessons to Lao and Myanmar law students;
  • Developing legal factsheets and other resources;
  • Undertaking a program of cultural activities;
  • Supporting the development of access to justice and pro bono initiatives across Asia.

All virtual seminars and lessons will take place over 8 days between 1–17 December 2021 (2 - 4 hours per day), with an independent research task due 4 February.

*Students unsure whether they are eligible to gain credit for a law elective towards their LLB(Hons) studies should seek confirmation from the BEL Faculty:

Law students

UQ law students are invited to apply as part of LAWS5233 (Transnational Perspectives in Law). 

The application process is as follows:

  1. Complete the BABSEACLE Application Form. Applications close Sunday, 31 October 2021 at midnight (AEST). Applications and materials must be submitted by email to 
  2. The School of Law and BABSEACLE will shortlist candidates. All applicants will be advised whether or not they have been shortlisted by  Monday, 8 November 2021.
  3. Shortlisted candidates may be invited to attend a pre-selection Zoom interview with BABSEACLE as part of the selection process.

Application form


Administrative fees apply and are paid directly to BABSEACLE. The cost per student for the 2021 International Legal Studies Externship Clinic is $950 USD

UQ Law School has New Colombo Plan funding to support this clinic. Each successful eligible student will receive $1,400 AUD towards their course costs.