International Journal of Clinical Legal Education Conference

Monash University Faculty of Law and the International Journal of Clinical Education invite you to our Conference

Adding Value
How Clinics Contribute to Communities, Students and the Legal Profession

28-30 November 2018
Monash University Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, Australia

Optional Preliminary Workshop: Reflective Practice and Assessment in Clinical Legal Education
Tuesday 27 November, Monash University Clayton Campus 10 am - 3 pm
Limited places will be available for this  workshop

Clinical Legal Education is distinctive in combining student learning, the pursuit of social justice and community service. Clinics can be an important bridge between the law school and the multiple parties interested in legal education and the legal profession. We look forward to exploring the ways in which these various groups can add value to our common endeavours.


Monash Faculty of Law is proud to host the 2018 International Journal of Clinical Legal Education Conference. We see the conference as a great opportunity to support our clinical program, share insights and develop links with Australian and international clinical colleagues. The conference will provide a springboard to explore and develop our practices in key areas such as student supervision, assessment and the development of professional identity in various clinical contexts. We will also focus on the future of clinical legal education, exploring new clinics and the potential of new technologies.

Monash Law has announced its ‘Clinical Guarantee’ whereby every enrolling student from 2018 is guaranteed a clinical experience if they wish to participate. This is an Australian first and includes the current development of a new clinic site in the Melbourne CBD. The new CBD clinic site is a key part of creating new experiential learning opportunities for Monash law students.

The International Journal of Clinical Legal Education Conference is delighted that we are able to return to Australia in partnership again with Monash University.  This conference promises to be one of our best yet.  We retain our collegial approach to sharing the best of our teaching, practice and research alongside an increased focus this year on hands on sessions that enable us all to develop approaches that we can put into practice on our return home.  I’m particularly grateful to Professor Jeff Giddings and his colleagues for their work in organising this year’s conference.  Jeff is kindly putting in a second stint after hosting our highly successful 2013 conference in Brisbane.  Our host organisers are one of the two most important factors in the success of the conference. The other is of course the quality of the work presented and the open approach of our global community of clinical delegates to both the formal elements and the not so formal – the conversations that take place over coffee and lunch and often long into the night.  To those who are new to the conference, welcome we look forward to your contribution; to those who are returning, we very much look forward to seeing you again.

Call for proposals extended to 30 June 2018

We have already accepted a range of proposals, details of which will be included on this site in the near future.

We will consider proposals received up until 30 June, 2018. Presentations will be in traditional conference paper format, with twenty-minute presentations and 10 minutes for discussion.

If you want to propose a presentation in a different format (such as a longer workshop), contact Jeff Giddings (

Proposals should be submitted at:

For more information contact the Conference Convenor, Professor Jeff Giddings, Monash Faculty of Law,

The Conference Program

Day One: Wednesday 28 November 2018

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM: Festschrift for Professor Adrian Evans
(ˈfɛstˌʃrɪft:  A collection of writings or papers in honour of a respected scholar)

For enquires about this session contact Associate Professor Kate Seear (

Limited places available. Attendance for this session is free, but requires registration

Register here

The Conference will start with a late afternoon panel discussion on the topic:
"What is the secret spice in Clinical Legal Education?"

An evening Welcome reception will follow the panel discussion.

Day Two: Thursday 29 November 2018

Participants will work in streams to address:
*Student supervision
*Assessment and feedback
*Preparing students and supervisors for clinic

Conference Dinner
Venue: Melbourne Zoo
6:00 PM - 10:30 PM 
Return bus transport will be provided for the 15-minute trip to the Zoo and return to Melbourne CBD.
Spouses and partners are welcome to attend the Conference Dinner. Cost: $130, payable via the registrations page.

Day Three: Friday, 30 November 2018

Plenary Session (morning)
Supporting students to act consistently with their values 

For the remainder of the day participants will work in streams to address:
*Ethics and Values
*New technologies
*New Clinics

Editorial Breakfast Cafe

Days two and three of the conference will include Breakfast Cafés designed to foster ideas for clinical scholarship. IJCLE editor, Elaine Hall will lead this new initiative, aimed at developing research ideas into publications and opportunities for international collaboration.

On day two Elaine will be available to discuss with people over breakfast the process of publishing for the journal – timescales, forms of submission, any other questions

On day three Elaine will hear short pitches for publications and give feedback.  The pitches should be no more than 3 minutes long and cover the key message of the paper and its audience.

Breakfast will be provided.  Places will be limited to 30 participants. 

If you would like to join the Editorial Breakfast Cafés, please contact Toni Waser ( and indicate your intention to attend.

Preliminary Workshop

Reflective Practice and Assessment in Clinical Legal Education
Tuesday 27 November, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm 

Venue: Learning and Teaching Building, Monash University Clayton Campus
Transport from Melbourne CBD to Clayton Campus and return is included in workshop registration fee.

This day is designed to be interactive, with workshops rather than presentations.  It is expected that the sessions will involve problem-solving, small group activities with report-backs.  It is designed with the objective that clinicians will be able to learn from each other, sharing their experiences and expertise in a casual, supportive and informal environment

For details, contact Associate Professor Ross Hyams (
Places for this workshop are limited to 60 participants.
Cost: $50

Plenary Presenters

Supporting students to act consistently with their values

Confirmed Speakers and Topics

Jill Alexander and Elisabeth Griffiths, Fairness Project

Dianne Agnanos, "What I wish I knew": What should solicitors know before deciding to go clinical?

Matthew Atkinson and Margaret Castles, Exploring student attitudes to on-line reflective learning

Ufuk Aydin, On-line externship opportunities

Susan Brooks and Neil Gold, Fostering wholehearted lawyers

Susan Brooks, Michaela Keet and  Brea Lowenberger, Teaching and assessing reflective practice: What are we assessing and giving feedback on?

Catherine Campbell, The Cherbourg-QUT Project: A model for legal clinics to engage with aboriginal communities

Catherine Campbell and Sue Schechter, Practical frameworks for teaching and assessing student reflections

Elaine Campbell, Making the case for auto ethnographic exploration of law clinic supervisory practice

Claire Carroll and  Genevieve Bolton, Clinical legal education: Through the looking glass

Claire Carroll and Brad Jessup, Australian clinical legal education: Third wave

Anna Cody, Confidence, competence and purpose: How a short clinical experience makes a difference in a law student’s mental health and sense of purpose

Anna Copeland and Mary Anne Kenny, Teaching clinic within a practice of injustice: Clinical legal education with asylum seekers in Australia

Liz Curran, Learning from empirical research on effective legal practice

Nigel Duncan, Researching students' emotional responses to challenging encounters in a live clinic

Rachel Dunn, How influential are supervisors in law clinics?

Riette Du Plessis, 45 years of clinical legal education in South Africa: Transforming the curriculum

Kieran Durcan, Law clinics coming of age in UK clinical legal education

Alan East, Advocacy in clinical legal education: presenting real life cases in real life tribunals

Tracye Edwards and Reeva Parambath, Centre stage: Focusing the spotlight on students leading "professional meetings" as a tool for professional development

Adrian Evans, Greenprint for a climate defence clinic

Kate Fischer-Doherty, Su Robertson and Lisa BlissDefining and balancing stakeholder expectations to achieve excellence in external clinical legal education opportunities

Jeff Giddings and Melissa Fletcher, Cultivating a field of dreams on shifting sands: Implementing a Clinical Guarantee

Neill Graffin, Francine Ryan and Hugh McFaul, Collaborative learning in on-line clinical legal education

Doug Ferguson, Supervision in the clinic setting

Daniel Ghezelbash and Rebekah Stevens, Macquarie University Social Justice Clinic: A new cost effective model for clinical legal education

Neil Gold and Johnny HallPreparation for clinic, profession and life

Frieda Grealy, Effective lawyering skills and the impact of street law experience on tomorrow's solicitors in Ireland

Elaine Hall, Adding value? Values as demonstrated in the 'curriculum as experienced'

Anthony Hopkins, Compassion in clinical legal education: Recognising clinics as a site for realising compassion

Ross Hyams, How do integrated learning 'projects' connect with clinical legal education?

Julienne Jen and Eric T M Chueng, UHK clinic

Susan Jones, Law and entrepreneurship in global legal education

Peter Joy, Client confidentiality and the digital realm paper proposal

Michele Leering, Vital, viable and visible reflective practice

Nancy Maurer and Seve Falati, Taking assessment out of the classroom: Assessing the skills and values we really care about

David McQuoid-Mason, Developing standards for street law programmes

Jocelyn Milne and Tania Leiman, Introducing a 3rd space approach

Jocelyn Milne and Tania Leiman, Creating a 'chatbot' in a clinic setting

Tribe Mkwebu, Strategies for law clinic students

Bronwyn Naylor, Howard & Ogilvie, Multidisciplinary prison clinic

Elida Nogobaeva and Kanyeki Kasybeko, Introducing a human rights focus to a required clinical course

Olusegun Osinibi, Intersections between Yoruba cultural values and clinical legal education in Nigeria

Richard Owen, The sustainability agenda and the challenge to law school clinics

Richard Owen, Elisabeth Griffiths and Elaine Hall, Investigating the explicit and implicit "talk rules" in clinical teaching

Robin Palmer, From law clinic to legislation: Using law reform and legislative drafting clinics in LLB course options in university law schools

Victoria Roper, Interdisciplinary clinics - The next step in the evolution of clinical education?

Sue Schechter, Supervision: Field supervisor as teacher

Sue Schechter, Supporting our students to do social justice in times of struggle

Kate Seear, Do law clinics need trigger warnings?

Mandy Shircore and Michael Murray, Developing the lawyer of the future: The vital role for clinical legal education

Adiva Sifris and Sylvia Maramis, The trials and tribulations of practising law in a clinical environment

Linda Smith, The drive to advise

Linda Smith, Student presentation of self

Rachel Spencer and Jackie Weinberg, Student well-being in clinical programs

Caroline Strevens, Proud to be part of a clinic: An exploration of teaching in clinic and its links to the well-being of law teachers

Cate Sumner, University and paralegal clinics in Indonesia

Jacquie Svenson et al, Reflections on reciprocity in international clinical externships in law

Ben WalshYoung Workers Centre direct action

Jackie Weinberg, Innovation and opportunity in technology and the law: the virtual clinic


All participants are required to register, even if they are presenting a paper.

The registration fee includes:

  • A panel discussion followed by an evening reception on Wednesday November 28
  • All sessions on Thursday November 29 and Friday November 30 (including lunches and morning and afternoon teas)
  • The Conference Dinner on Thursday November 29 at the Melbourne Zoo (Including cost of transport from conference venue to Melb Zoo and return) (Spouses and partners welcome to attend the dinner; cost $130 payable via registration page, see below)

The registration fee does not include:

  • Preliminary Workshop on Tuesday 27 November (separate registration fee applies)

A reduced registration fee is available for participants who are also presenting a paper

Registration TypeCost
Early Bird Rate for ordinary participants
(Must register by Friday 31 August)
Early Bird Rate for Presenters
(Must register by Friday 31 August)
Full registration for ordinary participants
(For registrations on or after 1 September 2018)
Full registration for presenters
(For registrations on or after 1 September 2018)
Preliminary Workshop $50.00
Conference Dinner guests$130

Register Now

Related Events

Tuesday November 27
Preliminary Workshop: Reflective Practice and Assessment in Clinical Legal Education
Limited to 50 registrants

Wednesday November 28 1pm - 4pm
Festschrift for Professor Adrian Evans
Places limited. Register now

Thursday November 29 and Friday November 30
Editorial Breakfast Cafés
Limited to 30 participants. 

To join the Editorial Breakfast Cafés, please contact Toni Waser ( and indicate your intention to attend.

December 6-8
International Legal Ethics Conference (Melbourne Law School, ) 

December 12-15
The Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference (Wollongong Law School)

Optional Social Activities

Saturday December 1
Day trip to the Dandenong Ranges, east of Melbourne: A bird watching tour of Sherbrooke Forest will be followed by lunch and an afternoon stroll before returning to Melbourne.

Limited places available. To register your interest in this trip please email Professor Jeff Giddings on:

We are also exploring the possibility of a day trip to the Surf Coast, south west of Melbourne.

Accommodation and Travel

The conference venue is the Monash University Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale Street Melbourne, in the heart of the CBD. The venue is well-situated for hotels, restaurants and public transport options.

Delegates are responsible for organising their own accommodation. A selection of accommodation suggestions in the vicinity of the Law Chambers is available here.

Melbourne Tullamarine Airport (MEL) is the main international and domestic airport serving the city. It is located approximately 23 kilometres from the city centre. There is a frequent shuttle service (‘SkyBus’) from the airport to Southern Cross coach and railway station on the western edge of the CBD. The bus departs from outside Terminals 1, 3 and 4. An adult one-way ticket on Skybus currently costs AU$19 (return $36, as at December 2017). SkyBus also provides a free hotel shuttle to its passengers from Southern Cross station to most of the major city hotels. Licensed taxis and Uber rides are also available at Tullamarine airport. A one-way licensed taxi to the city should cost approximately AU$55-$65.

Visa Requirements

Information on Australian visa requirements is available from the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs website

You can also visit the Department of Home Affairs Visa Finder facility for assistance.