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The School of Laws compulsory Professional Experience requirement involves a student working in a law-related environment. The purpose of this requirement is to enrich the student's formal legal education and produce graduates with practical experience of how the law operates. As well as being a benefit in itself, this will also make the student's university study more meaningful. All LLB students must undertake 30 days Professional Experience placement (unless otherwise stated in their course rules) in a legal related field over the duration of their course (and prior to completion). As this is a compulsory component of your course it is not possible to graduate without having satisfied this requirement.
Where do I find Professional Experience?
It is a student's responsibility to locate and formalise a professional experience placement. Work readiness is an extremely important aspect of you completing your degree and it is to your advantage to make the most of the resources available to you.
Deakin University offers a number of fantastic services to students including cover letter writing, resume writing services. Job Shop can assist you in developing skills in relation to approaching employers for placements and future employment.
MLL351 Law Clinic counts for 12 days towards the professional work experience component of the course.
ASL311 Criminology Internship
The Criminology Internship unit counts for 7 days toward the professional experience component of the course.
Deakin Law Review
A student editor for the Deakin Law Review for one year counts for 5 days towards the professional work experience component of the course.
Job placements are advertised in D-Brief (the School's online monthly newsletter)
Marlene Ebejer coordinates the Deakin Law School Professional Experience Placement Scheme and Deakin Law students are placed at Victoria Legal Aid offices (Geelong, Dandenong and Ringwood).
Visit our employment opportunities page for regularly updated job advertisements.