Monash University Clinical Legal Education

Clinical Legal Education

Monash University law students have a unique opportunity to develop practical legal experience that is credited towards their degree through the Clinical Legal Education (‘CLE’) program. The CLE program enables students to work in community law clinics that are operated by Monash Law or in law firms, courts, or other agencies in partnership with Monash University. Students will work with real clients on real cases, and be able to make a valuable contribution to their community.

Professional Practice:

Students enrolled in the JD or LLB programs at Monash law can undertake a practical placement in a community legal centre. Students will work under the supervision of qualified solicitors and provide legal advice to clients, undertake casework, brief Counsel, and may even represent clients in Court.

Family Law Assistance Program (FLAP):

Monash Law also offers a specialist family law program based in a community legal centre. Students will work alongside qualified lawyers to undertake legal research and casework in the area of family law. Students also participate in the duty lawyer service at the Dandenong Family Court weekly to assist underrepresented litigants. In appropriate cases, students may represent clients in Court or attend Court to instruct Counsel.

Clinical Placement/In House Placement:

Monash Law offers a variety of external placements where students will perform practical legal work in host organisations, as well as a range of in-house opportunities hosted at the Monash Law Clinics in the CBD. These placements can be undertaken in a range of human rights law fields, the judiciary, community legal centres, government and more. Students also have the option to self-source placements.

Examples of host organisations include:

  • Victoria legal Aid
  • AED Legal
  • JobWatch
  • Australian Law Reform Commission
  • Supreme Court of Victoria
  • County Court of Victoria
  • Coroners Court of Victoria

Examples of in-house opportunities include:

  • Climate Justice Clinic
  • Anti-Death Penalty Clinic
  • Modern Slavery Clinic
  • Castan Centre Human Rights Clinic
  • National Justice Project