Final-year Arts/Law student Daniel McNamara is set to finish his degree on a high note when he undertakes an Australian Consortium for 'In-Country' Indonesian Studies (ACICIS) Law Professional Practicum (LPP) in Jakarta early next year.
Daniel is among a group of Bachelor of Laws (Honours) students who will take part in the LPP for six weeks from January 2017. The experience will double as his final course before he completes his undergraduate flexible double degree from the Australian National University.
The trip will begin with a two-week intensive course in Bahasa, a language Daniel hasn’t learned since early primary school. From there he will join a non-government organisation, a local or international law firm or a government agency for the four-week supervised LPP.
Daniel said he hoped the practicum would help him develop his interests in labour law, litigation and criminal law.
“I’ve included a preference to be placed in a firm that works in corporate and labour law,” he said.
“I find the area fascinating because it’s an area of common place commercial law that you are dealing with clients directly rather than being several steps removed.
“I love working directly with people.”
Daniel has applied for a New Colombo Plan (NCP) Mobility Grant through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and hopes to use it to fund his trip.
The NCP Mobility Program supports Australian undergraduate students undertaking semester-based or short-term study, internships, mentorships, practicums and research in 40 host locations across the Indo-Pacific region.
“I studied the Arab Spring and the implication of music as a tool of political reform in the diverging paths of Islam in the Middle East,” he said.
“I looked at how conservative Islam has had to respond to this young revolutionary voice. There are incredible examples like sheiks producing high-production music videos with very traditional nasheeds.
“I definitely like that international focus with my studies and I have linked everything back to an international focus where I could.”
The double degree provided a balance for Daniel, allowing him to combine his interest in international musicology while still preparing for a career in the legal profession.