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.

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 until further notice, Deakin Law Clinics will be conducted via the Cloud (online).

Who can apply?

This program is available for credit to, Bachelor of Laws undergraduate students, and postgraduate Juris Doctor (JD) students, across all facilities and campuses, who are eligible to use a WIL unit towards their degree.

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

Program enrolment

Successful students are eligible to undertake the program for 1 credit point detailed below.

Practice Area Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Master of Laws (LLM) Juris Doctor (JD)
Civil and commercial law MLL420 MLJ739 MLJ739
Criminal law MLL420 - MLJ739
Employment law MLL420 - MLJ739
Family Law MLL420 - MLJ739
Venture law MLL420 MLJ739 MLJ739

Deakin Law Clinic Codes – from T1 2021

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

  • MLL420 Deakin Law Clinic for LLB students
  • MLJ739 Deakin Law Clinic for JD students

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.

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 or (03) 9244 6555.

How to apply

Applications for Trimester 3, 2020 are now closed.

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.

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

25 - 29 Jan 2021

17 - 21 May 2021

20 - 24 Sep 2021

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