Deakin Law Clinic

What is Deakin Law Clinic?

The Deakin Law Clinic provides legal placement 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 Law - new in T1 2021

New in T1 2021: Deakin Policy Law clinic will be investigating laws relating to impartiality and bias as they apply to the federal judiciary, to prepare for submissions to a Royal Commission.

Students will manage their own 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).

Deakin Law Clinic units are Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experiences worth one credit point each. The units are available in all trimesters and have mandatory attendance requirements and an induction prior to commencement.

Please note that it is yet to be determined whether the Deakin Law Clinic will run via the Cloud (online), on campus, or a combination of both, in Trimester 1 2021.

Who can apply?

This program is available to Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws and Juris Doctor (JD) students who are eligible to use a WIL unit towards their degree.

Program enrolment

From T1 2021, Deakin Law Clinic enrolments will be in either:

  • MLL420 Deakin Law Clinic for LLB students (all practice areas); or
  • MLJ739 Deakin Law Clinic for JD students (all practice areas)

In addition to meeting the general prerequisite and corequisite requirements above, students are strongly encouraged have completed, or simultaneously undertake the recommended units below:

Practice Area:

Undergraduate:

Postgraduate:

Civil and Commercial LawMLL111 Contract Law, MLL391 Civil Procedure

MLJ702 Contract Law and Policy,

MLJ708 Civil Procedure, ADR and Policy
Criminal LawMLL114 Criminal Law, MLL218 Criminal Procedure,
MLL334 Evidence Law

MLJ703  Criminal Law and Policy,

MLJ707 Criminal Procedure and Policy
Employment LawMLL342 Workplace LawMLJ714 Workplace Law and Policy
Family LawMLL320/MLL408 Family LawMLJ712 Family Law and Policy
Venture LawMLL111 Contract LawMLJ702Contract Law and Policy
Policy Law - New in T1 2021 (undergraduate only)MLL323 Constitutional Law, MLL424 Administrative Law

MLJ709 Constitutional Law and Policy,

MLJ710 Administrative Law and Policy

Preference will be given to students who have already completed the units relevant to the practice area and are in their final year of study.

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; you can contact them on buslaw@deakin.edu.au or (03) 9244 6555.

How to apply

Applications for Trimester 1, 2021 are now closed.

Places are strictly limited. You must submit an online application and be shortlisted in order to complete this unit.

Late applications will not be accepted.

Selection criteria is based on a number of considerations including your preferred area of law, year of study, previous participation in WIL units, WAM, and more.

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

Key dates


T1 2021

T2 2021

T3 2021

Applications open

30 Nov - 4 Dec

29 Mar - 2 Apr

2 - 6 Aug 2021

Applications close

17 Jan 2021

9 May 2021

12 Sep 2021

Application outcomes announced

29 Jan 2021

21 May 2021

24 Sep 2021

Contact us

Email: bl-wil@deakin.edu.au

Telephone: +61 3 5227 8619

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