New Venture Law Clinic

The New Venture Law Clinic operates as a professional law firm in every respect, and assists start-up ventures and entrepreneurs. 

Under the guidance of legal experts, students in the final stages of their legal qualification offer a specialised service to help new businesses, not-for-profits, partnerships and other organisations in the early stages of projects.

The New Venture Law Clinic offers premium pro-bono legal services over a range of transactional matters, including: 

  • corporate structuring
  • questions around intellectual property
  • drafting contracts
  • other legal solutions. 

We also focus on helping start-ups navigate areas of law that are rapidly changing or are entirely new.

Deakin’s Venture Law Clinic provides legal assistance to start-ups

Operating as a professional law firm, Deakin’s New Venture Law Clinic provides legal assistance to start-ups and entrepreneurs.

Get in touch

Once you've filled in our contact form, we'll review your needs and triage your case. We'll then get in touch to discuss how we can work with you.

Submit an enquiry form

What we do

In recognising that good, up-front legal advice is essential to the success of a start-up – but not always affordable – the legal clinic offers free help. We offer a specialised service with a higher level of case-by-case attention than would be given by a larger law firm. 

Our students develop specialised knowledge in rapidly changing and entirely new areas of law (such as technology and big data). They'll show creativity in determining legal solutions around these areas, and the hours they gain will count towards acceptance into the profession.

As well as start-ups, we also assist firms that require legal assistance at later stages of their development.

Useful resources

Resource Description
Legal Profession ActRegulations governing legal practice in Victoria
Small Business VictoriaGovernment resources for start-ups
The HubCo-working options for start-ups
IP AustraliaInformation about regulations concerning intellectual property, including patents and trademarks
Department of Immigration and Border ProtectionRegulations for establishing overseas-based businesses in Australia
Admission requirements for Deakin programsLearn the admission requirements for Deakin law programs; law clinics may be taken as a unit as part of a Bachelor of Laws or a Master of Laws.

Services we offer

We offer a broad range of services as part of the function of the clinic. Under the supervision of legal specialists, students conduct interviews, manage cases, check facts, develop an understanding of ethics and undertake legal research and analysis to support your case.

Why is it free?

Excellence requires practice, and experiential learning – learning by doing – is an essential part of legal training at Deakin Law School. 

Our law clinics offer students the opportunity to build the legal skills that underpin their academic training, so they emerge from study job ready.

Support our clinics

Does your business have something to contribute to the New Venture Law Clinic?

Practising lawyers or who'd like to assist at a clinic – or students who'd like to work at a clinic – should get in touch via email. 

Email the Deakin law clinic program

Contact us

If you have a legal matter that requires attention or if you would like to participate in a clinic, please complete the below form. Your case will be reviewed, and we'll contact you within three working days to let you know whether we can take it on. 

Submit an enquiry to the relevant law clinic