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LAW7415 - Legal clinic

9 points, SCA Band 3, 0.188 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Law

Leader: Associate Professor Gaye Lansdell


City First semester 2007 (On-campus)
City Second semester 2007 (On-campus)


Under the supervision of qualified practitioner/teachers students will take responsibility for handling clients' legal problems at Monash-Oakleigh Legal Service or at other clinics operated by the Faculty. Students will take instructions, open files, research the law and conduct cases in the manner of a practitioner. In appropriate cases they may represent clients in court. The practice fields most commonly arising in the legal work undertaken at the clinic are criminal charges, family disputes and a wide range of civil matters.


Students who have successfully completed this unit will have acquired the following competencies:


For students joining Monash Oakleigh Legal Service (MOLS) as clinic participant:
Taking instructions 25%; Follow up with supervisor 25%; Drafting and negotiation skills file management 20%; Office procedure 10%; Improvement during course 10%; General work practice skills 10%
Students are assessed continuously on their interviewing skills, analytical and research skills and written skills. Feedback is provided on virtually each piece of work completed. Formative assessment is provided mid-course in the form of a private discussion with the supervisor. At the conclusion of the course, a student's overall performance throughout the unit is assessed according to grades of Merit, Credit, Pass or Fail.

Off Campus Attendance Requirements

8 hours per week for 20 weeks. 4 hours at the clinic plus follow up work throughout the fortnight and regular discussion with supervisor. Average 8 hours per week throughout the course


Successful completion of a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) (or equivalent) including the specified subjects required for admission to practice, is a pre-requisite.