Faculty of Law

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 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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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedClayton Summer semester A to Semester one 2014 (Day)
Clayton Trimester 2 2014 (Day)
Clayton Trimester 3 2014 (Day)


Students may enrol in 1 of the following clinics:

  1. Sexual Assault Clinic - in conjunction with the South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault (SECASA) at Springvale Monash Legal Service (4 places, all clinical periods) - legal services to victims of sexual assault.

  1. Human Rights Clinic - in conjunction with the Castan Centre for Human Rights at Holding Redlich, Solicitors (2 places, Clinical Period 2 and 3) - litigation involving human rights in the broadest sense - everything from compensation for workplace injuries and discrimination to assisting asylum seekers and elderly victims of fraud and predatory lending. Immediate casework supervision is provided by the law firm and academic coordination by a member of Castan Centre staff.

  1. Commercial Law Clinic - in conjunction with Moores Legal, solicitors, 9 Prospect Street, Box Hill (1 place - Clinical Periods 2 and 3) - commercial legal work for "not-for-profit" organizations

  1. Family Violence Clinic - assisting victims of Family Violence (2 places, all clinical periods) - assisting victims of family violence by attending the court on family violence list days and assisting the duty lawyer to help clients make victims of crime applications to the Victims of Crime Tribunal.

  1. Migration Clinic - in conjunction with staff working with the South Eastern Migration Service (SEMAS) (2 places, clinical periods 2 and 3). Students who have an interest in migration law and working with refugees can assist clients make application for visas, respond to requests from DIAC or be involved in preparing reviews of decisions to the department or the Refugee Review Tribunal.

  1. JobWatch clinic- Students are based at Jobwatch, in the city (2 places, clinical periods 2 and 3). Students receive extensive training and support to give advice on the telephone advice line in relation to various employment law issues, and assist with legal education materials.

  1. Monash/Ashurst Corporate Governance and Responsibility Clinic - (4 places, semesters 1 and 2) This clinic is open to students who have completed Corporations Law (LAW4171). Students participating in this clinic will work with faculty members, practitioners and corporations to provide advice on corporate governance and social responsibility issues to not-for-profits and/or ASX listed companies.

  1. Victoria Legal Aid Strategic Advocacy Clinic (2 places, semesters 1 and 2) - Students participating in this clinic will be partnered with a Public Defender or Advocate from Victoria Legal Aid Chambers to work on a strategic advocacy project that aims to facilitate change to benefit the community, by remedying a legal problem, policy or process. Students, working in pairs and under the supervision of a Chambers practitioner, will research and analyse a strategic advocacy topic and consider possible remedies to address the problem.


Upon completion of this subject students should:

  1. have further developed the personal and communication skills acquired in LAW5216 (Professional practice) to a higher level of sophistication
  2. have a good understanding of the principles of law in their chosen area
  3. have an understanding of the practical application of the law in their chosen area
  4. be able to assess the effectiveness of the law and applicable legal remedies in their chosen area
  5. have further developed their ability to work jointly with a professional in another discipline
  6. graduate with highly developed skills and recognised expertise in their chosen field.


Casework at Clinic according to criteria available from coordinator: 80%
Written report: 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Renata Alexander (Summer Semester)
Mr Ross Hyams (First Semester)
Ms Helen Yandell (Second Semester)

Workload requirements

One 3-hour clinic session per week plus follow up research and casework. In addition to the weekly intake session, students will be required to spend up to 6 hours per week in research, case preparation and consultation with their supervisor.


All of LAW1101 and LAW1104; LAW2101 and LAW2102; LAW2201 and LAW2202; LAW3301 andLAW3302

In addition, students intending to undertake any of the following clinics:

Sexual Assault Clinic
Commercial Law Clinic
Family Violence Clinic
Migration Clinic
JobWatch Clinic

must have completed LAW5216 or LAW5218. In other clinics preference for a placement will be given to students who have completed these units.

Please see http://www.law.monash.edu.au/cle.html for an application form and more information.