MLL415 - Family 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:

Syd Balachandran


MLL110, MLL111


MLL335, MLL408

Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Students will be expected to devote approx. 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 Family Law.

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



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 Family Law Clinic offers family law assistance to community members, while at the same time providing legal students the opportunity to gain invaluable practical experience. The Family Law Clinic will provide assistance and exposure to matters relating to divorce, parenting orders, property, family violence orders and assistance for orders reached by consent.

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

The skills learnt in this unit will be useful for students who wish to practice law (particularly family law), along with students interested in policy, government and social justice career pathways. Students will manage their own legal matters under supervision of Clinic supervisors and specialist legal practitioners from initial client intake and interview to final outcome and closing of file (subject to Clinic time limits). Students will develop professional skills through the challenge of applying theoretical legal knowledge to real world clients in order to develop strategic legal solutions that meet client needs.

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.


Assessment 1 (Individual) – Practical assessment - 60%

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

Assessment 3 (Individual) –Assessment of legal writing – 20%

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

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