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Deakin Law Clinic – MLL420 and MLJ739

Work on legal matters under the supervision of qualified legal practitioners in an actual community legal service.

Deakin Law Clinic – MLL420 and MLJ739

What is Deakin Law Clinic?

Deakin Law Clinic provides legal placement for Deakin's advanced law students. 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.

You will manage your 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 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 to have completed, or simultaneously undertake the recommended units below:

Practice areaUndergraduatePostgraduate
Civil law MLP119 Contract  A
MLP219 Contract B
MLP391 Civil Procedure and Dispute Resolution
MLP702 Contract Law and Policy
MLP708 Civil Procedure, ADR and Policy
Criminal law MLP114 Criminal Law
MLP218 Criminal Procedure
MLP334 Evidence Law
MLP703  Criminal Law and Policy
MLP707 Criminal Procedure and Policy
Employment law MLL342 Workplace Law MLJ714 Workplace Law and Policy
Family law MLL320 Family Law MLJ712 Family Law and Policy
Policy advocacy law General prerequisites and corequisites General 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 speak with a student adviser at Student Central if you are unsure.

How to apply

Expressions of interest for T2 2024 are closed. For future dates, see the below table.

Express your interest

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

Event T1 2024 T2 2024 T3 2024
Applications open 4 December 2023 28 March 2024 2 August 2024
Applications close 14 January 2024 5 May 2024 8 September 2024
Outcomes made by 7 February 2024 24 May 2024 27 September 2024

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

If you still need help, please contact our Work Integrated Learning (WIL) team.