Monash University Faculty of Law - Clinical Guarantee

Monash Law is now offering a guaranteed clinical education experience for all students who wish to incorporate a practical component credited towards their Monash Law degree.

About Clinical Legal Education (CLE)

CLE gives Monash Law students the opportunity to work in real community law clinics, which are operated by (or in association with) Monash Law. CLE places you with real clients who are seeking legal advice for the array of problems life can throw at you.

Working under the supervision of expert lawyers, Monash Law students learn new skills outside of the classroom; practical skills, including client relations and how to navigate the legal system.

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The Clinical Guarantee

From 2018, Monash Law will be offering a guaranteed clinical education experience for all students who wish to incorporate a practical component credited towards their Monash Law degree. We guarantee our students a place in the Clinical Legal Education program to build their knowledge, experience, and confidence.

We are the first law school in Australia to offer a guarantee like this for our students. This reflects our belief in the transformative effect of experiential education.

Benefits for students:

  • Improved graduate employability driven by the skills and knowledge gained through participation.
  • Providing all students, regardless of social or economic background, with pathways into the legal profession.
  • Increase connection points and enhanced opportunities.
  • Build professional networks.
  • A deeper understanding and appreciation of the law and its application in the community, government and commercial world.
  • Potential to be involved in meaningful and high-profile law reforms.

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Alumni Stories

Read about the success of Monash Law's alumni community through our experiential learning program.

Gemma Hallet
Monash University Faculty of Law
My placement at Springvale Monash Legal Services was my first experience actually engaging with the law and it made me realise how crucial access to justice and quality legal advice can be to clients’ lives.
Monash University Faculty of Law
Professional Practice … was the best thing I’ve done in my law degree so far.
Monash University Faculty of Law
I spent nearly half of my electives in the law school’s clinical program, at Springvale Monash Legal Service, in the student advocacy program at Dandenong Magistrate’s Court and in the Family Violence Clinic.
Monash University Faculty of Law
I have gained experience in a wide variety of areas, from conducting client interviews to running my own files and even appearing in Court on behalf of clients.
Monash University Faculty of Law
When participating this clinical legal education program, I am able to handle real-life legal problems under the supervision of a qualified legal practitioner

Monash Law Clinics

In Australia, many people are unable to access justice due to high legal fees, asylum seeker or refugee status and other socio-economic barriers.  While Government funded legal aid is available, these services turn away 160,000 people every year because they lack the capacity and funding to meet overwhelming demand.

Added to this is the inadequate number of practitioners with the capacity to provide legal aid and the tightening of government criteria under which clients can access assistance.  The result is a growing number of people falling through the gap.

The expansion of Monash Law Clinics in the Melbourne CBD, Clayton, and in partnership with Springvale Monash Legal Service (SMLS) underscores the commitment of Monash Law to assisting vulnerable members of our community, whilst educating our students in practical, ethical and professional legal practice.

Monash University currently has two legal services:

Monash Law Clinics Clayton 

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Clinical Placements

Monash Law Clinics allow our students to broaden their experience beyond traditional law, enabling them to gain valuable, real-world experience with clients which enhance their employability in both traditional and non-traditional sectors.

Our Clinical Placements program is part of the expanded Clinical Program - placing law students in organisations both in the legal sector and outside it. Focussing on new and emerging sectors as well as those sectors where our alumni reside, the program has opened up significant experience for our students, which equip them with the skills industry currently demands.

Monash students can apply for externships 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
  • County Court of Victoria Clinic
  • Carlton & United Breweries (CUB) Clinic

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Monash Law Clinic Locations

Monash has two legal service centres located in Melbourne.

Monash Law Clinics Melbourne opens on 16 July at Level 11, 555 Collins St, Melbourne