Legal Clinic Unit

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.

Eligibility

Enrolment in the Legal Clinic elective unit (LAWS3005) is by application.

There are certain prerequisites for you to be eligible to apply. Ideally, you will 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 Law Clinic Manager to discuss your individual study plan.

LAWS3005 is offered in each of Trimesters 1, 2 and 3. Enrolments are limited to 14 students in each teaching period.

 Learning Outcomes

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

Class attendance

Students will be required to attend:

  • An induction and training workshop, where you will learn about Clinic procedures including how to use the client database
  • 1 weekly rostered day (9am to 1pm) at the Clinic to meet with clients, manage files and carry out other responsibilities
  • 1 weekly seminar (2pm to 4pm, Wednesdays) to discuss experiences regarding legal professional practice

Assessment

Grading for the unit is Pass/Fail and is determined on the basis of the following components:

  • File management (25%)
  • Client interview (25%)
  • Research report (25%)
  • Written advice (25%)

Apply for the Legal Clinic Unit