Types of Clinics

Monash University currently has three legal services, as well as externships (listed below):

You could be working on a criminal matter, helping a new migrant deal with a traffic offense, drafting a domestic violence order for a single mother, or assisting a young person with a crushing debt. Whatever walks through the door, we provide initial advice then decide whether we can assist further.

Externships

Externships are legal clinics hosted by external organisations. Monash students can apply to work with the following organisations:

  • Joint Sexual Assault Clinic 
  • Human Rights Clinic
  • Family Violence Clinic
  • JobWatch Clinic
  • Monash/ King Wood Mallesons Corporate Governance and Responsibility Clinic
  • Supreme Court of Victoria Externship
  • County Court of Victoria Clinic
  • Carlton & United Breweries (CUB) Clinic

What would a typical day look like for me?

Placed in a group of 4-5 students, you will be allocated to a supervisor, who will guide you through your basic training. You will spend two days each week doing file-related work, guided by your supervisor. An induction program is used to prepare you for client interactions. The seminars are designed to further build the skills and knowledge you can bring to the interview process. Think of this as a lawyer boot camp, where you get to learn the basics, such as:

  • how to interview various members of the community
  • writing an affidavit
  • negotiating with opposing counsel

The seminar program is led by student supervisors for two hours over a 10 - 14 week period.

From here the experience is broken into two parts. Across two full days you will:

  • provide same day response legal advice to clients
  • work on ongoing files – taking more complicated client cases through to resolution

Once a week, at our Springvale centre, we open our doors for three hours to anyone seeking free legal advice. You will be allocated a client, interview them, gain a clear understanding of their legal issue, research their issue, develop a solution and give advice - all in the one day.