Clinical legal education gives students the opportunity to put their legal skills into practice and build confidence in carrying out professional activities. Under the supervision of experienced legal practitioners, students will meet with and prepare advice and information for eligible small businesses. Students will critically reflect on their roles and responsibilities as future members of the legal profession.
Enrolment in the Legal Clinic elective unit (LAWS3005) is by application.
To be eligible to apply, you will ideally have completed Civil Procedure, Professional Responsibility and Corporate Law. There is some flexibility in this, and we may be able to make some exceptions. Please contact the Principal Lawyer to discuss your individual study plan.
Unit Learning Outcomes are:
- Undertake directed legal research on specific matters and analyse and evaluate the results of that research
- Engage professionally & appropriately with clients
- Make and communicate recommendations clearly & effectively, both orally and in writing
Students will be required to attend:
- An induction and training workshop (held over 2 days), where you will learn about Clinic procedures including how to use the practice management database
- 1 weekly rostered day (6 hours) at the Clinic to meet with clients, manage files and carry out other responsibilities
- 1 weekly seminar (2 pm to 4 pm, Thursdays) to share, reflect on and consolidate experiences regarding legal professional practice
Grading for the unit is Pass/Fail and is determined on the basis of the following components:
- Legal drafting (40%)
- Reflective learning participation (40%)
- Professional practice skills (20%)
Throughout the unit, Clinic students will have the opportunity to demonstrate professional practice skills, including by participating in client interviews and managing client files. Clinic students are expected to engage professionally and appropriately with clients. Clinic students are responsible for managing client files to a high standard, consistent with their professional responsibilities. Client files are maintained securely on the Law Clinic’s practice management database.
Enrolment is on a first come, first served basis in the order of applications received. Every effort is made to adhere to the priority order as far as possible.
Enrolling in Legal Clinic
You cannot self-enrol in Legal Clinic (LAWS3005). Curtin Law School Student Services will manually enrol you in the unit if your application is successful.
Waitlists are maintained if Legal Clinic becomes fully subscribed. If you are on the waitlist and a place becomes available you will be contacted and given a limited period of time to respond and accept or decline the place before it is offered to the next person on the list.