Course Title: Clinical Legal Education

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Clinical Legal Education

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Bronwyn Naylor

Course Coordinator Phone: n/a

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study
040015 - Introduction to the Australian Legal System and Legal Methods

Course Description

Clinical Legal Practice introduces students to the practice of law. Under the supervision of the Course Coordinators, students are directly involved in: the provision of pro bono legal services to clients through a specially designed legal practice operating within an inner city community legal centre. Clinical Legal Practice will also introduce students to the regulatory framework which applies to legal practitioners in Victoria and engage with some of the theory behind, and issues relevant to, contemporary legal practice.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

See learning outcomes 

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

1. demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the rules that relate to legal practice;
2. critically evaluate the justice system and identify areas of reform that relate to community legal practice;
3. analyse and research complex problems relating to legal practice in both civil and criminal contexts and make reasoned and appropriate choices amongst alternatives;
4. demonstrate sophisticated cognitive and creative skills in approaching legal issues relating to legal practice and generate appropriate responses
5. show effective, appropriate and persuasive collaboration and communication skills for legal and non-legal audiences through engagement with legal practice in a clinical setting.


Overview of Learning Activities

Learning in this Course occurs principally through engagement in the direct provision of legal services, or observation of the work of Magistrates, under the supervision of the Course Coordinators. Learning is supplemented and supported by the course guide, topic guides and the prescribed text.

Overview of Learning Resources

Student materials will be placed on the Learning Hub.

Overview of Assessment

Genrally the assessment will be the following:

Short assessment task (short essay or quiz) 10%

Clinical practice file work  70%

Online Reflective reports  20%