The ODPP WEPP offers students the opportunity to gain direct experience in criminal law.  Students interested in applying for the WEPP must have a genuine interest in criminal law, demonstrate they can work both in a team and autonomously, have highly developed written and oral communication skills and are in at least their second year of a law degree or are completing Practical Legal Training (PLT). 

The ODPP has the ability to host students in a number of locations including Brisbane, Beenleigh, Cairns, Ipswich, Maroochydore, Rockhampton, Southport, Toowoomba and Townsville.

  • Each program is 4 weeks with students attending Monday to Friday during business hours.
  • Preference is given to students who are nearing completion of their studies and have an interest in working in criminal law at the ODPP. 

The program offers students the opportunity to:

  • Experience the professional environment of one of the largest criminal law practices in Australia.
  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the ODPP and its role and functions within the criminal justice system.
  • Work alongside and learn from some of the most senior and experienced criminal lawyers and barristers in Queensland.
  • Gain an insight into ‘real’ criminal cases before the courts.
  • Be involved in a range of activities – from opening and closing files, preparation for mentions and callovers, to accompanying Crown Prosecutors to court.
  • Gain skills through professional development opportunities, assess their own performance and gain an insight into their 'professional self'.

WEPP format:

  • The ODPP is a four week, full-time placement.
  • Students will be allocated to a chamber (in a work unit in either Brisbane or a regional location) for the duration of their placement.
  • Students are provided with a WEPP workbook to guide and support the placement. The workbook identifies key learning objectives to be achieved throughout the placement.
  • Students are expected to be proactive and embrace the opportunities provided to them and identify their own learning outcomes.

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions intends to host three WEPP intakes this year held over Winter, Spring and Summer.

Please note that recent COVID restrictions have put the Summer placement dates under review. More information will be provided when available. 

IntakeWEPP DatesApplications close
Winter27 June 2022 – 22 July 20228 April 2022
Spring29 August – 23 September 202229 July 2022
Summer21 November 2022 – 16 December 202218 October 2022

Applications due to UQ BEL Careers and Employability (careers@bel.uq.edu.au) by COB Tuesday 18 October 2022.

  1. Complete the Application Form (DOCX, 170.7 KB) 
  2. Compile the following in a single PDF document:
    1. Application Form
    2. Current CV (maximum 2 pages)
    3. Academic Transcript 
  3. Submit your single PDF document to careers@bel.uq.edu.au by COB Tuesday 18 October 2022.

Priscilla Gyasi-Agyei

Bachelor of Law/Bachelor of Commerce

Travis Irons

“I applied for the ODPP Summer Work Experience Placement Program because, after completing the Criminal Law course, I developed a greater appreciation of criminal law. I wanted to understand the criminal justice system in depth and gain insight into working in criminal law.

During the placement, I had the opportunity to attend Magistrates Court and Mental Health Court hearings and District and Supreme Court trials. I was able to observe various stages of trials, such as jury selection, cross examination, and sentence. I was also able to assist with instructing in court, alongside a Crown Prosecutor. Apart from attending court, I opened files, which involved corresponding with defence lawyers and Queensland Police; I was also involved in file preparation and closing. 

I benefited from working in a collaborative and welcoming environment with Legal Support Officers, Legal Officers and Crown Prosecutors. I also learned about other ODPP units, including Victim Liaison, Confiscations, and Records. I enjoyed being immersed in a criminal law environment. This allowed me to quickly learn practical aspects of the criminal law that I would not have otherwise been exposed to.

I would recommend other students to consider the ODPP Work Experience Placement Program because it will allow them to encounter the practical side of criminal law and to be exposed to a wide variety of criminal law matters. It is a very diverse experience, which allows students to engage in discussions with fellow students and lawyers and correspond with police and defence. Before participating in the program, I would recommend gaining a basic understanding of court protocols to assist when attending court.”