The College of Law & Justice offers several clinical legal education programs designed to ensure our students will graduate with practical experience in the field of law.

Our partnerships with the courts, community legal services and industry organisations provide unique exposure to the Victorian justice system.

Get the grounding needed for a real and rewarding career in law with one of our programs.

Mooting

The College of Law & Justice equips graduates for success in the real world with a world-class moot program.

A moot court is a mock court which simulates the proceedings of a live court room (or a similar dispute resolution setting).

Your participation in the program offers a significant professional advantage by developing your legal skills to be better equipped for practice in the real world.

WEstjustice

VU has worked in partnership with WEstjustice since 2010 to establish a variety of clinical legal education programs for our students.

These programs provide you with real life practical experiences, giving you a head start in your legal career.

At this clinic you will gain professional experience alongside specialist family lawyers, working with clients from diverse backgrounds.

You will work across a range of areas including the following organisations:

  • Children’s Court of Victoria
  • Family Court of Australia
  • Magistrates' Court
  • WEstjustice Head Office.

​Tasks are allocated according to the abilities you demonstrate - the the more skill you show, the more complex the work you will be given.

The clinic runs twice a year for a three-month period.

Within the WEstjustice Fines Clinic you will have the opportunity to work as a paralegal. You'll be trained in all aspects of the infringements system and have the opportunity to:

  • interview clients under the supervision of a staff lawyer
  • liaise with workers at support agencies
  • conduct casework
  • attend court hearings to support clients.

The clinic runs three times per year for a four-month period.

The "Hear Me" program provides legal triage to ensure legal problems are correctly understood and that matters are appropriately supported. This could be an internal referral to a specialist clinic or an external referral.

Attending one day per week for the duration for the three month program, students enhance their professionalism, and written and oral communications skills relevant to working directly with clients.

The clinic is designed to provide practical legal experience and training for students to assist in their professional development and increase their appeal to prospective employers. Given the wide-ranging complexity of legal problems and direct client contact, this is a senior internship and is only open for application by students who have previously completed a WEstjustice internship.

The Sunshine Youth Clinic is a four-month program for law students and operates in partnership with WEstjustice. The program is delivered at Visy Cares Hub, a co-located youth services centre in Sunshine. Visy Cares Hub is jointly funded by Visy Cares, the Australian Government, the City of Brimbank and the Victorian Government.

The centre provides legal guidance, support and advice to young people in the western region between the ages of 15 and 25 years. The areas of assistance include but are not limited to:

  • summary offences
  • infringements
  • motor vehicle accidents and other civil matters.

Operating from a professional legal practice, you will work with real clients and issues under the supervision of an experienced lawyer. You'll have the opportunity to interview clients, liaise with police and appear in court, gaining practical experience in the justice system as it relates to individuals and communities.

The program runs three times per year for a four-month period.

Our partnership with Victoria Legal Aid Melbourne and Sunshine offers you a unique experience within the following:

  • Duty Lawyer Service
  • Family Law Clinic
  • Infringements Clinic
  • General Clinic.

The Victoria Legal Aid Duty Lawyer Service (Magistrates' Court) program operates in partnership between the College of Law and Justice and Victoria Legal Aid.

Working with the Victoria Legal Aid Duty Lawyer teams servicing the Magistrates' Courts at Melbourne, Sunshine and Werribee, you'll have the opportunity to develop skills that will make a difference to the lives of real people.

You'll gain valuable grassroots insight into the criminal justice system and experience firsthand the role the Duty Lawyer plays in the Magistrates' Court system. 

This program runs three times per year for a four-month period.

Work alongside specialist family lawyers assisting families from diverse backgrounds in a range of working contexts, including:

  • Children’s Court of Victoria
  • Family Court of Australia
  • Magistrates' Court
  • Victoria Legal Aid office.

Under the guidance of the VLA team, you will help people resolve family disputes and achieve safe, workable and enduring care arrangements for children.

The program runs twice a year, for a six-month period.

The Victoria Legal Aid General Clinic offers you the opportunity to work under the direct supervision of Legal Aid lawyers. You'll work with clients from a range of disadvantaged backgrounds on a variety of tasks including:

  • client files
  • legal research
  • client interviews
  • court attendance.

You'll be exposed to a number of practice areas, including criminal law, family law and infringements (fines).

The clinic runs twice a year for a six-month period.

Under the direct supervision of Legal Aid lawyers in the Sunshine office, you'll work with clients from a range of disadvantaged backgrounds. You'll assist with infringements (fines) and work on a variety of tasks including:

  • client file
  • legal research
  • client interviews
  • court attendance.

This opportunity is offered twice a year and runs for a six-month period.

Students accepted into the Victoria Legal Aid IVO Program have the opportunity to shadow the IVO lawyer at the Werribee Magistrates’ Court. Students assist in handing out clipboards, ensuring the client has completed the paperwork correctly, copying the client’s IVO’s and shadowing the lawyer.

This program is recommended for students that have gained experience at the Magistrates’ Courts in the Duty Lawyer Service program and are able to maturely observe and assist in often complex personal situations that arise when dealing with cases involving interventions orders.

Students are required to attend one day per week for the duration of the three month program.

Victoria Police (Prosecutions Division) Program

The Victoria Police (Prosecutions Division) Program is a ten-week placement with Victoria Police in their Prosecutions Division.

You'll be exposed to the various legal units within Victoria Police and interact with police prosecutors and police lawyers. You'll shadow lawyers/prosecutors at court, attend therapeutic courts, and conduct research tasks and file reviews.

The program is offered twice a year for a period of ten weeks.

State Trustees Program

The State Trustees Program is your opportunity to gain valuable skills in various areas of law including:

  • wills and probate
  • powers of attorney
  • executor services
  • trustee services.

As part of this program you'll conduct research, work on documents and assist State Trustees legal teams. There may be opportunities to attend VCAT with the supervising lawyer.

This program is offered to students four times per year and runs for a twelve week period.

Young Workers Victoria

The Young Workers Victoria Clinical Placement offers you the opportunity to assist young workers with employment law issues.

Gain experience interviewing and advising clients on employment-related issues, drafting legal correspondence and researching issues of employment law.

The program runs twice a year during Semester 1 and 2.

Courts & Tribunal

The County Court Internship Program is a joint initiative of VU's College of Law & Justice and the County Court. This four-day intensive internship offers you the opportunity to gain experience and insight into the County Court structure and its inner workings.

This program allows you to spend a week with County Court Judge Phillip Misso examining court processes. You'll observe Judge Misso as he undertakes his judicial duties, including conducting research for judgments.

The internship includes daily lectures by a sitting County Court judge. You can also go on a behind the scenes tour of the various areas in the court building, including the Registry and a Judge's chambers. In this program you'll gain a practical and detailed understanding of the how the County Court works, how a file is run from start to finish, and exposure to various court proceedings.

The Supreme Court Internship Program has been developed following the success of the County Court internship program. With the support of the Hon. Justice Maxwell, President Court of Appeal and adjunct professor, VU's College of Law and Justice will be piloting the program with the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal.

The program is modelled on the intensive County Court internship program and will offer you a unique opportunity to gain experience and insights into the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal structure and its inner workings.

Contact us

For further information about placements in the College of Law & Justice contact:

Ella Spence-King
Clinical Legal Placements Coordinator
Phone: +61 3 9919 4482
Email: law.internships@vu.edu.au