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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.

1st intake

Students to submit applications to UQ 29th April 2016
UQ to provide applications to ODPP 4th May 2016
ODPP to confirm successful interview applicants and interview times 20th May 2016
Interviews (subject to change) 23-27th May 2016
ODPP to send correspondence to successful students with commencement paperwork 6th June 2016
UQ to provide insurance certification to ODPP 10th June 2016
WEPP Placement 27th June – 22th July 2016

2nd intake

Students to submit applications to UQ 2nd September 2016
UQ to provide applications to ODPP 7th September 2016
ODPP to confirm successful interview applicants and interview times 30th September 2016
Interviews (subject to change) 3rd-7th October 2016
ODPP to send correspondence to successful students with commencement paperwork 24th October 2016
UQ to provide insurance certification to ODPP 28th October 2016
WEPP Placement 21st November - 16th December 2016

Travis Irons

Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws

Travis Irons "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."