Postgraduate students

Curtin’s Clinical Legal Workplace Experience (CWE) Unit aims to:
1. offer students a premium quality PLT workplace experience in the dedicated clinical legal education environment of the John Curtin Law Clinic, allowing students to:

a) have primary, supervised responsibility for meeting with clients and taking instructions; drafting legal advice and documents; carrying out legal research; and using a recognised legal practice management software to manage client files

b) devote allocated time to meaningful reflective practice and the development of legal professional skills;

c)focus on acquiring and developing legal and professional skills; and

2. improve access to justice for vulnerable and disadvantaged members of the local WA community who are not otherwise eligible to receive legal assistance from existing pro bono services and community legal centres.


Enrolment in the CWE unit (LAWS5014) is by application.

To be eligible to apply, you must be enrolled in the Curtin PLT (Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice GD-LAWLP).

Learning outcomes

  1. Apply elements of the student’s programmed training in the context of legal practice.
  2. Experience supervision by a qualified member of the legal profession in the execution of legal or law-related work.
  3. Acquire a basic understanding of what a legal practitioner does in the course of legal practice.
  4. Critically reflect upon significant experiences obtained by the student in the course of workplace experience and consider how those experiences will influence the student’s future actions.


  • Work Portfolio 50%
  • Research Project 25%
  • Reflection Exercises 25%

Quota restrictions

There are a limited number of places available for enrolment in this unit. It is therefore advisable to submit your application as soon as possible.


You cannot self-enrol in LAWS5014. Curtin Law School Student Services will manually enrol you in the unit if your application is successful.

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