Deakin Law Clinic

What is Deakin Law Clinic?

The Deakin Law Clinic is a community legal service that provides legal placements for advanced students of Deakin Law School. Under the supervision of qualified legal practitioners, the Deakin Law Clinic offers opportunities for students to build the legal skills that underpin their academic training in one of the following practice areas:

  • Civil and Commercial Law
  • Employment Law
  • Family Law
  • Venture Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Policy and Advocacy (new T1 2021 / Cloud offering only)

Students will manage legal matters under supervision of the Clinical Solicitors, which may include initial client intake and interview, drafting legal documents, information or advice to final outcome and closing of files (subject to Clinic time limits).

Undertaking a placement within any of the practice areas at Deakin Law Clinic unit is worth one credit point and will satisfy the compulsory Work Integrated Learning (WIL) LLB course requirement. This unit is available in all trimesters although the practice areas offered may change each trimester. All practice areas have mandatory attendance requirements and an induction prior to commencement. The policy and advocacy practice area is a cloud-based clinic and so the mandatory attendance requirement will be virtual.

From T2 2020, Deakin Law Clinic will be conducted via the Cloud (online).

Who can apply?

This program is available to Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws and Juris Doctor (JD) students.

Please refer to the University Handbook for eligibility requirements, including compulsory pre-requisite and co-requisite units.

Places are strictly limited. You must submit  an online application and be shortlisted in order to complete this unit. It is your responsibility to ensure that taking a WIL unit contributes towards your course requirements, and will not prevent you from meeting your course rules. Please speak with a Student Adviser if you are unsure of your eligibility.

Law Clinic Unit Codes from T1 2021

Practice Area Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Master of Laws (LLM) Juris Doctor (JD)

Civil and commercial lawMLL420MLJ739MLJ739

Criminal lawMLL420 - MLJ739

Employment lawMLL420 - MLJ739

Family Law MLL420 - MLJ739

Venture lawMLL420MLJ739MLJ739

Please note that you will still participate in one of the specified practice areas and will need to specify which area in your application. Please see the 2021 Handbook for further details on pre-requisite and co-requisite requirements.

How to apply

Applications for Trimester 3, 2020 are now closed.

Please see below key dates:


T3 2020

T1 2021

T2 2021

T3 2021

Applications open

Now open

30 Nov - 4 Dec

29 March - 2 April

2 - 6 August 2021

Applications close

13 September 2020

17 Jan 2021

9 May 2021

12 September 2021

Week by which students should receive application outcome

End of week 10 of Trimester 2

21 Sep - 25 Sep

25 - 29 Jan 2021

17 - 21 May 2021

20 - 24 September 2021


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