Clinical Legal Education, Social Work Field Education

RMIT law and social work students have the opportunity to complete placements, providing legal, social work and financial counselling support to vulnerable people. Placement opportunities are available at the Law and Advocacy Centre for Women (LACW) and Youthlaw.

Student Caitlin Jane on placement at the Mental Health Legal Centre.

Social Work students

Social Work Field Education A is a core placement opportunity in which students can apply their knowledge and skills in a workplace context.

Course credit available: If selected, Social Work students can complete this work for Social Work Field Education A subject to meeting course prerequisites.

 

Juris Doctor students

Please note: CLE is not running for 2021

Clinical Legal Education (CLE) is a JD elective subject that is offered in Semesters 1, 2 and Summer. CLE introduces students to the practice of law. Under the supervision of the Course Coordinators and staff at placement organisations, students are provided with the rare opportunity to deliver pro bono legal services to real clients.

Course credit available: If selected, JD students can complete this work for LAW2434 Clinical Legal Education subject to meeting course prerequisites.

Placement opportunities are available at:

Law & Advocacy Centre for Women

The Law and Advocacy Centre for Women (LACW) is a community legal centre that provides a unique service for women who are in or at risk of entering the criminal justice system. Support is provided through a comprehensive, wrap-around service which includes criminal defence and other legal advice and representation alongside therapeutic case management and social work support. These services are offered with a view to providing pathways out of the justice system for socially and economically disadvantaged women. Students will undertake a range of tasks, including assisting LACW staff to prepare briefs for Court, assisting with ongoing file work, and completing comprehensive intake processes for new clients.

LACW is co-located with the CIJ at Building 152, 147-155 Pelham Street.

Law & Advocacy Centre for Women website

Youthlaw

Youthlaw works to address the legal issues facing young people under 25 through legal services, advocacy, law reform and preventative education programs, within a human rights and social justice framework. Youthlaw provides advice on:

  • Fines, debt & ticket inspectors
  • Family violence
  • Criminal & driving matters
  • Police & security guard issues
  • Becoming independent, family and relationships
  • Discrimination, complaints
  • Victims of crime applications
  • Tenancy
  • Car accidents
  • School issues

Students have exposure to Frontyard Youth service clinics, Fines clinic, Family Violence program, the Outreach program (via Headspace centres and youth centres) and the Legal Pod program.

Youthlaw is co-located with the CIJ at Building 152, 147-155 Pelham Street.

Youthlaw website

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