MLL413 - Venture Law Clinic


2018 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Deakin Downtown

Trimester 2: Deakin Downtown

Trimester 3: Deakin Downtown

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

(For Bachelor of Laws students only)

Unit chair:

Rebecca Tisdale



Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Contact hours:

Trimester 1 - Weeks 1 to 11: Tuesday 8.00am to 1.00pm and Thursday 8.00am to 6.00pm

Trimester 2 - TBA

Trimester 3 - TBA


Places are limited. To register your interest, please complete an Expression of Interest here.

Expressions of Interest closing dates:

  • Trimester 1: 5pm Friday 19 January;
  • Trimester 2: 5pm Friday 11 May;
  • Trimester 3: 5pm Friday 14 September

Please note: students who have not undertaken a law clinic unit will be given preference in consideration of expressions of interest.

Students will need to attend classes at Deakin Downtown, Collins Square, 727 Collins Street in Melbourne City. Attendance is compulsory for students to pass the unit.


The Venture Law Clinic is a transactional legal clinic that provides pro-bono legal information, advice and or assistance to seed and early stage entrepreneurial ventures. The Venture Clinic takes students through the life cycle of a real start-up, focusing on the various problems that companies encounter from formation, funding and investment, IPO, and into maturity. By simulating a small, business-focused law firm that provides business planning and legal information, it integrates and reinforces fundamental legal theories, principles and policies at an advanced level and in a practical way.

The Venture Law Clinic allows students to undertake the legal analysis involved in launching a new venture and acquire the legal acumen to deal with real business issues. Students gain first-hand experience in working with real start-up companies under the supervision of the course instructor and supervisor, and experienced legal practitioners, getting the opportunity to deepen and critically reflect upon their substantive legal knowledge in entrepreneurial law and business law while developing critical professional skills through the direct representation of start-up businesses.


Assessment 1 (Group of 3 students) – Hypothetical case study (2400 words) - 40%
Assessment 2 (Group of 3 students) – Case study based on group’s Venture Law Clinic client (3600 words) - 60%

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