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LAWS13-515: Clinical Legal Placement


Clinical Legal Placement is an elective subject in the Bachelor of Laws program offered by the Faculty of Law. Community legal centres provide a range of legal services in Australia, through general location-based clinics and also to populations with specialist needs. Student placements in community law centres provide students with valuable real-life skills, and an appreciation of the professional responsibilities of lawyers. After lecture instruction in the history, philosophy and law governing practice of community legal centres, students will have an opportunity to be placed in one or more clinics to experience community law in operations. They will then complete assessment including analysing contemporary legal problems, and reflecting on their experiences in the community law centre.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Law
Semesters offered
  • September 2020 [Standard Offering]
  • January 2021 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2021 [Standard Offering]
  • January 2022 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Law
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2020: $4,340
  • Commencing in 2021: $4,390

Learning outcomes

1. Have valuable real-life skills, and an appreciation of the professional responsibilities of lawyers. Students will develop an understanding of the operation of law in practical contexts. This will enhance their capacity to understand contemporary legal problems, including law reform issues.
2. Produce a document for the community law centre where they are placed. This will provide them with practical experience in a real world setting.
3. Present material coherently and fluently and to brainstorm to address issues specific to community law centres with their peers.
4. Exercise writing and critical thinking skills.

Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?


Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

Assumed Prior Learning (or equivalent):

Restrictions: ?

Faculty approval is required. Students must be admitted into a Bachelor of Laws OR Bachelor of Laws combined degree.

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens10/11/2019
Semester start13/01/2020
Subject start13/01/2020
Cancellation 1?27/01/2020
Cancellation 2?03/02/2020
Last enrolment26/01/2020
Withdraw – Financial?08/02/2020
Withdraw – Academic?29/02/2020
Teaching census?07/02/2020
Standard Offering
Enrolment opens02/08/2020
Semester start14/09/2020
Subject start14/09/2020
Cancellation 1?28/09/2020
Cancellation 2?05/10/2020
Last enrolment27/09/2020
Withdraw – Financial?10/10/2020
Withdraw – Academic?31/10/2020
Teaching census?09/10/2020