About the Program

Throughout the year we offer internships which allow law students, law practitioners, professional legal training students and recent graduates with an interest in law reform, to gain insight into the work of the Commission. Our aim is to give you international experience in a law reform commission, and insight into how the unique Samoan system functions with its common law and customary law systems, based on the matai (village chief) structure.

Internships are unpaid and open to all nationalities. We accept applications from law students who have completed 3 years of their undergraduate legal studies, JD students, professional legal training students and recent graduates. Travel costs and living arrangements are the responsibility of the intern. We do however encourage interns to apply for grants from their universities and explore other available funding through initiatives similar to the New Colombo Plan available to Australian students.

Typically internships last for 4 weeks minimum, as agreed between the intern and the Commission.

Intern for 13 June – 15 July 2016

Sean Macdonald

Intern for 25 July – 19 August 2016

Kate West

Intern for 31 October – 25 November 2016

Harriet Radford

Intern for 15 November – 23 December 2016

Mark Rowe

Tausala Fruean

Intern for 5th – 30th June 2017

Ruth Parsons

Intern for 24th July 2017 – 18th August 2017

Lanu Faletau