Accreditation placements for law, engineering and education

Some degrees include a mandatory work placement as a requirement of professional accreditation. We welcome new organisations to partner with us to offer great learning experiences to our students in law, education and engineering.

Law placements

Swinburne Bachelor of Laws students must complete three 20-day professional experience placements over the course of the degree, complementing theoretical concepts with an understanding of how to apply the law. We invite host organisations to engage with us through this innovative placement program.

Engineering placements

Undergraduate engineering students must complete a minimum of 12 weeks approved relevant experience (paid or unpaid) in an engineering environment before they can graduate. Placements provide students with an opportunity to apply their studies in engineering practice.

Contact us for more information on engaging with our engineering students across a broad range of specialisations, including civil and construction, mechanical, electronic and electrical, robotics and mechatronics and more.

Education placements

Professional experience placements are a mandatory component of teacher education courses. Each course stipulates the number of placement days that must be completed each year of the course, which is a requirement for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching.

Placements occur during the semester, and provide an essential link between theory and practice, and underpin the theoretical and pedagogical knowledge taught in the education units. Contact the Professional Experience Manager to find out how to engage with our education students.


The length of an accreditation placement varies according to the requirements of the profession. Currently they are:

  • 20 days for law
  • 12 weeks for engineering
  • 20 days for education, during the semester.

There may be some flexibility in duration, depending on the program, e.g. law placements can be undertaken in ‘block’ mode over summer, or one or two days a week during semester.

Payment to students

Accreditation placements are generally unpaid, although payment to students is not precluded for law or engineering.


There is no cost to your host organisation, although there are some conditions (such as adequate supervision) that need to be met before a placement can go ahead. Contact us and we’ll be happy to explain the process and requirements.