Faculty of Law

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 3, 0.250 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedClayton Summer semester A 2015 (Evening)
Clayton Trimester 1 2015 (Day)
Clayton Trimester 2 2015 (Day)
Clayton Trimester 3 2015 (Day)


For postgraduate Law discontinuation dates, please see http://www.law.monash.edu.au/current-students/postgraduate/pg-disc-dates.html
Previously coded as LAW7423
For application & enrolment information please see http://www.law.monash.edu/about-us/legal/cle/juris-doctor-units.html

Quota applies

The unit is restricted to five students per intake.


Participation at a legal service which endeavours to meet the needs of its community. Students learn a range of practical legal skills and develop professional commitment and ethical standards. The unit adds a social justice dimension to academic training by creating an opportunity for students to participate in a work integrated learning environment, enabling them to assess the adequacy of law and legal processes in context.


Students completing this unit will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate advanced legal research skills and professional judgement in order to generate appropriate and practical responses to real legal problems.
  2. Demonstrate a high level of integrated practical application of legal knowledge to solving a diverse range of legal problems.
  3. Communicate effectively (both orally and in writing) with a diverse range of participants involved in the justice system.
  4. Demonstrate a high standard of practical lawyering skills of interviewing, counselling, negotiation, advocacy and drafting
  5. Reflect on and assess their own capabilities and performance by having developed advanced skills involving self-reflection and self-management, collaboration and teamwork
  6. Effectively recognise and appropriately respond to issues of professional responsibility and professional ethics.


Legal service work: 80%
Reflective journal: 20%

Workload requirements

One night time Legal Service client intake session per week throughout the JD clinical period (including non-teaching period) from 6 - 9pm (3 hours). Two additional weekly follow-up sessions throughout the JD clinical period. This consists of one evening from 4 - 6:30 pm* (2.5 hours)and one evening from 4 - 7 pm* (3 hours).

*This is an indication only, class times are subject to change.


The achievement of at least twelve units or 72 credit points towards the Master of Laws (Juris Doctor) to include:
LAW5001, LAW5002, LAW5005 and LAW5003 or equivalent