Deakin’s Legal Internship enables Bachelor of Laws students to gain an appreciation of certain aspects of legal practice and to extend and deepen their theoretical knowledge and critical thinking skills while working in a legal environment.
During your legal placement you will receive instruction in the following areas of legal practice: taking instructions and client interviewing; fact finding; alternative dispute resolution and negotiation; providing advice and counselling of a legal nature; legal research and problem solving; the litigation process; advocacy.
At the successful completion of Legal Internship you will gain 1 credit point towards your degree. This elective unit allows you to gain first-hand experience in a legal environment.
Legal Internship (MLL351) is a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) unit worth 1 credit point where students complete a work placement in a legal environment. The unit is only offered to Deakin Bachelor of Laws students.
Please note cross-institutional students are ineligible to apply.
Applicants are required to:
- Ensure you are available throughout the entire Trimester on the days required by the host
- Have successfully completed or completing 16 units of their law/combined degree.
- Provide a maximum of 500 words outlining your preferred Legal area of interest.
- Provide an up-to-date statement of results and resume including all current and past professional experience placements and employment.
Please give careful consideration to your application, as there are limited places available.
Please note: The host organisation may require an interview prior to final offer being made.
Expressions of Interest for the Trimester 3 are now closed.
If you are offered a Legal Internship placement you will be required to attend a one day compulsory induction session prior to you enrolling and commencing MLL351 Legal Internship. On completion of the induction you will receive enrolment instructions.
The induction session covers area such as: duty of confidentiality, interviewing diverse clients, working with interpreters, how to write file notes, how to draft letters etc. You will hear from past students and be given assessment information. Additionally you will be given information about enrolment on completion of this compulsory session.
The compulsory induction session is held at Deakin Downtown - Level 12, Tower 2, 727 Collins Street, Melbourne, towards the end of each Trimester.
|AED Legal Centre||Melbourne||1+ days per week|
|Ann Valos Criminal Lawyer||Werribee and Abbotsford||1+ days per week|
|Barwon Community Legal Service Inc.||Geelong||1+ days per week|
|Brimbank Melton Community Legal Centre||St Albans and Melton||1+ days per week|
|Daimler (best known as Mercedes Benz)||Mulgrave||1+ days per week|
|Department of Health and Human Services||Geelong||1+ days per week or block during trimester break|
|Disability Discrimination Legal Service||Melbourne||1+ days per week|
|Etihad Stadium||Melbourne||1 day per week for 30 days|
|Australian Building and Construction Commission||Melbourne - (Pre-req MLL342 Workplace Law)||1+ days per week|
|Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centre||Shepparton||3-week block placement|
|Inside Access Mental Health||Melbourne (working with imprisoned persons)||1+ days 3 days per week (for 5 weeks)|
|JobWatch||Melbourne||1+ days per week|
|Kimberley Community Legal Services Inc.||Kunnunnara and Broome, WA||Block placement|
|Moonee Valley CLC Legal Service||Ascot Vale||1+ days per week|
|Northern Community Legal Centre||Gladstone Park||1+ days per week (usually Mondays)|
|Peninsula Community Legal Centre||Frankston||1+ days per week|
|Social Security Rights Victoria||Fitzroy||1+ days per week|
|St Kilda Legal Service||St. Kilda||1+ days per week|
|Victoria Legal Aid: Ringwood||Ringwood||1 day per week|
|Villamanta Disability Legal Rights Service||Geelong||2 days per week|
|West Heidleberg Community Legal Centre||West Heidleberg||1+ days per week|
|Women's Legal Service Victoria and Family Law Legal Service||Melbourne (Pre-req MLL408 Family Law)||1+ days per week|
|Yarra Trams||Melbourne||1+ days per week|
|Youth Law||Melbourne||1+ days per week|
|Young Workers Centre - Victorian Trades Hall Council||Carlton (Pre-req MLL342 Workplace Law or MLC309 Employment Law)||1-2 days per week|
Please note: Not all centres participate in all trimesters.
Trimester 3 2018 - 10am - 1pm Wednesday 3 October 2018
Deakin Downtown, Level 12, Tower 2, 727 Collins Street Melbourne, VIC 3008
Dates are subject to change without notice.
Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centre
I found myself interacting with a lot more clients than I expected; completing initial intakes, making appointments, as well as sitting in on a number of interviews (including ones with translators and a woman who was completely deaf.)
I was given a couple of cases that were mine to manage with supervision. I was able to do the research, letter writing and provide advice. I assisted in court on the Centre's duty lawyer day, primarily in Seymour with IVO lists and even waited at the GV Public Hospital for 4 hours with a client as a representative of the Centre trying to get him admitted!
I know metropolitan centres seem more appealing, however after my experience at Goulburn Valley I honestly believe that you can gain more experience from a regional centre where you deal with a much wider variety of clients.
Goulburn Valley is a particularly disadvantaged area, and for a Centre that's supposed to focus only on advice there was a lot of case work - especially with criminal matters that VLA couldn't work and for immigrants who have trouble navigating the legal system.
One of the cases I worked was actually three separate matters against superannuation companies which is not something you would usually see worked at a CLC.
I believe it would be incredibly beneficial to students if there was the possibility of expanding our ties with regional and rural community centres, especially as they are the ones most in need of lawyers and the ones, in my opinion, who seem to be more willing to train graduate lawyers. There willingness to take on and train students was evident by the number of students in attendance.
The lawyers there were incredible and very accessible and were always up for a chat explaining what was going on or to outline future plans.
I would highly recommend to other students from the area if they wanted to do Law Clinic! (now called Legal Internship).
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws