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MLL413 - Venture Law Clinic

Unit details

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2017 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:

Claudio Bozzi (Trimester 1 and Trimester 2), Rebecca Tisdale (Trimester 3)





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Contact hours:

Weeks 1 to 11: Tuesday 8.00am to 4.00pm and Thursday 9.00am to 12.00pm


Places are limited. Only the first 20 students enrolled will be able to undertake the unit.

If the quota for this unit has been met and you would like to register your interest on our waiting list, please email

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 advice and 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 services, it integrates and reinforces fundamental legal theories, principles and policies at an advanced level and in a practical way. The Venture 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.

Successful completion of this unit will be counted towards 15 days of the student’s professional experience course requirement.


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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