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MLM728 - Civil and Commercial Law Clinic

Year:2019 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Deakin Downtown

Trimester 2: Deakin Downtown

Trimester 3: Deakin Downtown
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Trimester 1 Unit Chair:

Syd Balachandran

Trimester 2 Unit Chair:

Syd Balachandran

Trimester 3 Unit Chair:

Syd Balachandran

Cohort rule:This unit is only available to students enrolled in M726, M729 and M737 
Prerequisite:MLM704 for M726
MLM704 plus 7 units for M737
MLJ702, MLJ706 plus 6 core units for M729
Incompatible with: Nil
In-person attendance requirements:

Weeks 1-11: Monday 8.00am to 6.00pm and Wednesday 1.00pm - 6.00pm


Places are limited. For application procedures, please refer to the Work Integrated Learning website for further details. To apply, please click here.

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 Clinic environment will provide students with a 360 degree experience of professional practice, and a critical appreciation of its value. 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 Clinic provides legal services over a range of legal issues chosen to give students professional experiences touching the key types of legal problems, parties, decision makers and tribunals that will give students an insight into the diversity and complexity of legal practice. The areas of legal practice are: contract, migration law, consumer law, victims of crime compensation and special circumstances, and, fair work employment. Students will manage their own legal matter under the 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 develop high level 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 advanced 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) File management, including critical reflection (2500 words) 40%

Assessment 2 (Individual) Legal research and Memorandum of Advice (3000 words) 30%

Assessment 3 (Individual) Contribution to team file review meetings, 30%

 - Oral presentation (1000 words) 10%

 - Reflective journal (2000 words) 20%

Hurdle requirement

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

Unit Fee Information

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