MLL414 - Employment Law Clinic

Year: 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
Unit chair:

Rebecca Tisdale


MLL111, MLL110


MLL335, MLL342

Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Students will be expected to devote approximately 150 hours of study to the unit. Students must attend the clinic on the clinic open days. Attendance is compulsory for students to pass the unit. 

Week 1 – 12 hours (2 x 6 hour days):

  • Day 1 - Induction.
  • Day 2 - Overview of key legal topics under Employment Law.

Weeks 2 to 11 – Clinical work – 14.5 hours per week (2 x 7.25 hour days):

  • Weekly – attend clinic during the two open days each week, meet with clients, prepare documents and advice, review matters and proposed strategies with supervising lawyer.



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 Employment Law Clinic focuses on rights in the workplace, with a particular emphasis on the federal laws governing the employer/employee relationship and state and federal laws that prohibit discrimination. The unit will address issues such as the formation of an employment or independent contractor relationship, rights and obligations during the relationship and the termination of a relationship and may also address issues such as employment benefits, wage and hour claims, severance negotiations, union issues, workplace safety, and more.

Students work in an office environment using professional matter management systems, deal with clients, research and provide strategic legal solutions, and engage with various parties including clients, parties on the other side as well as supervisors and colleagues.

The Employment Law Clinic provides legal services over a range of legal issues in the area of Employment Law to give students professional experiences touching the key types of legal problems, parties, decision makers and tribunals that will give students an insight into the diversity and complexity of legal practice in the area of employment law.

The skills learnt in this unit will be useful for students who wish to practice law (particularly employment law), along with students interested in policy, government and social justice career pathways. The Clinic develops employment ready skills and gives students the opportunity to critically look at the legal systems and the opportunities to engage in law reform in the employment law domain.


Assessment 1 (Individual) – Practical assessment - 60%

Assessment 2 (Individual) – Written professional reflection (2000 words)– 20%

Assessment 3 (Individual) – Legal writing assessment (2000 words)– 20%

Hurdle requirement: Minimum attendance with no more than one day absent on clinic days.

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