ODPP Work Experience Placement Program
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. They must be team players who can work under pressure, manage time effectively, and be skilled communicators with excellent interpersonal skills. The ODPP looks for penultimate or final year students. The ODPP has the ability to host students in a number of locations including Brisbane, Beenleigh, Cairns, Ipswich, Maroochydore, Rockhampton, Southport, Toowoomba and Townsville.
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 & 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 & 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'.
- 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.
2017 Autumn and Winter Programs
Autumn: 24 April 2017 – 19 May 2017
Winter: 26 June 2017 - 21 July 2017
Last day to apply: COB 3 March 2017
2017 Spring and Summer Programs
Spring: 21 August 2017 – 15 September 2017
Summer: 20 November 2017 - 15 December 2017
Last day to apply: COB 19 May 2017
Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws
"I applied for this internship primarily because of my keen interest in criminal law. I enjoy the study of criminal law, and I am also very passionate about making a positive change in the community by helping in the fight against crime. The ODPP internship was a great opportunity to put my studies to practical effect.
During my internship I worked as a Legal Support Officer with the primary role of assisting the Legal Officers and Crown Prosecutors. This consists mostly of appearing as a clerk in court and organising evidence and case files. The role also encompasses tasks such as legal research, liaising with police officers, issuing subpoenas, drafting indictments, and assisting the Crown Prosecutor with trial preparation. I found that my studies had somewhat prepared me for these tasks, but I still had much to learn by way of practicality.
I particularly enjoyed the fact that I was able to engage in all stages of a trial from start to finish, whilst being able to work alongside the Crown Prosecutor. This really helped me to develop an understanding of trial from a Crown Prosecutor’s perspective.
This internship taught me that there is a big difference between law in theory and law in practice. Studying law at university and then learning how to actually put that knowledge to practical effect in a courtroom was very satisfying.
This experience has given me a great boost in my future career plans. Should I choose to practise criminal law, I really have got my foot in the door and have already made so many professional contacts."