Deakin Law Clinic

Deakin Law Clinic is a community legal service offering free legal advice and assistance to people experiencing disadvantage in their access to justice, or whose matters are conducted in the public interest.

Based in the Melbourne CBD, Deakin Law Clinic aims to provide legal advice, assistance and information to the vulnerable and disadvantaged, and to also educate the broader community in relation to their legal rights and access to justice issues.

Educating tomorrow's lawyers

Excellence requires practice, and experiential learning – learning by doing – and Deakin Law Clinics provide this opportunity to Deakin Law Students in their final years of study.

Deakin Law Clinic is a teaching law firm, providing legal placement for advanced students of Deakin Law School under the supervision of qualified legal practitioners and offering opportunities for students to build the legal skills that underpin their academic training.

Our students analyse complex legal problems and develop critical skills for a career in the law, including analytical, drafting, oral communication and problem solving skills.

Areas of legal assistance

Deakin Law Clinic provides legal advice and assistance to eligible clients in the following areas:

  • Civil and commercial law
  • Employment law
  • Family law
  • Venture law information assistance
  • Criminal law.

Civil and Commercial Practice Group

This clinic covers cases related to commercial law, immigration law, administrative law and Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT) matters.

Learn more about our Civil and Commercial practice group

Venture Law Information Service

Dedicated to providing legal information to start-ups and entrepreneurs, this service covers issues around contracts, intellectual property, corporate structuring and more.

Learn more about our venture law information service

Employment Law Practice Group

A clinic created to help employees, small businesses and other workers navigate the employment law system.

Learn more about our employment Law practice group

Family Law Practice Group

For assistance with matter concerning marriage, divorce, parenting arrangements and property settlements.

Learn more about our Family Law practice group

The Law Clinic has been the most insightful and profound program I have participated in at Deakin Law School, and the skills learnt are something to be treasured wherever you go.

Joshua Lim


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 law clinic