Deakin Law Clinic

What is Deakin Law Clinic?

Deakin Law Clinic provides legal placement for advanced students of Deakin Law School. Under the supervision of qualified legal practitioners, 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 Law

The Civil Law Practice provides legal advice and assistance to clients regarding administrative law and civil disputes. Matters may include:

  • Debts and infringements
  • Neighbourhood disputes
  • Consumer disputes
  • Contract issues
  • Tenancy issues
  • Motor Vehicle accidents (exc. personal injury)

Offered at Deakin Waterfront campus.

Criminal Law

The Criminal Law Practice Group provides services to clients who have been charged with summary or indictable offences, and undertakes appeal work in appropriate cases. Matters may include:

  • Driving offences
  • Sexual assault
  • Assault
  • Youth offences
  • Breaches of Corrections Orders
  • Breaches of Intervention Orders

Offered at Deakin Downtown.

Employment Law

The Employment Law Practice Group provides legal advice and assistance to employees, small businesses and others to navigate the employment law system. Matters may include:

  • Discrimination
  • Employment documentation and agreements
  • Underpayments
  • Unfair dismissal
  • General protections
  • Bullying claims

Offered at Deakin Downtown.

Family Law

The Family Law Practice Group provides legal advice and assistance to clients with a variety of matters. Matters may include:

  • Divorce
  • Family Violence Intervention Orders
  • Parenting arrangements
  • Property arrangements
  • Property division of de facto and marital
  • Consent Orders

Offered at Deakin Waterfront campus.

Policy Advocacy Law

The Policy Advocacy Practice Group develops community legal education resources and takes on policy projects concerning access to justice issues. Projects may include:

  • Submissions to inquiries
  • Policy papers
  • Letters to government

Offered online only.

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.

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

Successful students are eligible to undertake this for 1 credit point and are required to enrol in:

  • 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:



Civil 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

Policy Advocacy Law

General prerequisites and corequisitesGeneral prerequisites and corequisites

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 contact Student Central if you are unsure.

How to apply

Expressions of interest for T1 2023 are now open, express your interest here.

Places are strictly limited. You must submit an online application and be shortlisted in order to complete this unit. 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. Late applications will not be accepted.

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

Key dates

T1 2023

T2 2023

T3 2023

Applications open

2 December 2022

31 March 2023

4 Aug 2023

Applications close

15 January 2023

7 May 2023

10 Sept 2023

Outcomes made by:

3 February 2023

26 May 2023

6 Oct 2023

*Indicative dates only

Second round offers and unsuccessful students will be contacted following these dates. If you do not receive an offer, please ensure you enrol in another unit.

Contact us


Telephone: +61 3 5227 8619

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