Course Title: Clinical Legal Education

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Clinical Legal Education

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

This course requires permission to enrol. Carefully read the instructions below. 


Mental Health Legal Centre (MHLC) and Law and Advocacy Centre for Women (LACW) placements: 

To apply for Clinical Legal Education MHLC and LACW submit the following documents to Kate Ottrey, Student Program Manager at

  • Cover letter (no more than one page) noting your year level and expected JD completion date, as well as first and second preference of organisation.
  • A copy of your resume that includes current contact details (no more than three pages).

Only students with successful applications will be contacted for an interview. 

Young Workers Centre (YWC) placements: 

To apply for Clinical Legal Education (YWC) placements submit the following documents to Kate Ottrey, Student Program Manager at

  • YWC application form;
  • Cover letter;
  • CV;
  • Academic transcript.

Only students with successful applications will be contacted for an interview. 

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities. 

To participate in any RMIT course in-person activities or assessment, you will need to comply with RMIT vaccination requirements which are applicable during the duration of the course. This RMIT requirement includes being vaccinated against COVID-19 or holding a valid medical exemption. 

Please read this RMIT Enrolment Procedure as it has important information regarding COVID vaccination and your study at RMIT:

Please read the Student website for additional requirements of in-person attendance: 

Please check your Canvas course shell closer to when the course starts to see if this course requires mandatory in-person attendance. The delivery method of the course might have to change quickly in response to changes in the local state/national directive regarding in-person course attendance. 


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Elizabeth Shi

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1319

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: building 13

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


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

From 2018, Canvas is RMIT University's Learning Management System. Canvas is a flexible online system which will provide you with an engaging and exciting learning experience as part of your studies with us. The Canvas platform will be the primary site for you to gain access to all the resources designed to support your learning in this course. Your Canvas portal can accessed by logging into the following RMIT page:

Overview of Assessment

The assessment tasks, their weighting and the course learning outcomes to which they are aligned are as follows:

Assessment Task 1: 10%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2

Assessment Task 2: 70%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Assessment Task 3: 20%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 5