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.

If you require legal assistance and would like to book an appointment to see us, please email the team.


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 through the following clinics:

  • Civil and Commercial Law Clinic
  • Criminal Law Clinic
  • Employment Law Clinic
  • Family Law Clinic
  • Venture Law Clinic

Civil and Commercial Law Clinic

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

Criminal Law Clinic

The clinic provides services to clients who have been charged with summary or indictable offences. The clinic also undertakes appeal work in appropriate cases.

Students also develop an appreciation of social justice issues and have a heightened awareness of the operation of the criminal justice system, law reform needs and policy issues which face courts and criminal lawyers.

Employment Law Clinic

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

Family Law Clinic

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

Venture Law Clinic

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