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Deakin Law School

Deakin Law School (DLS) delivers leading and innovative legal education that equips the next generation of lawyers and legal professionals for global careers.

A centre for excellence in commercial law, DLS delivers a diverse range of study and research areas including intellectual property, corporate governance, tort and the law of medicine, sentencing and criminal justice, energy and natural resource law, and constitutional law.

A distinctive feature of the DLS law programs is the focus on state-of-the- art experiential learning. With the legal profession undergoing rapid change, lawyers – in addition to offering pure legal advice – are increasingly required to provide clients with practical, added-value commercial services.

To ensure graduates are skilled for 21st century global careers, DLS incorporates specialised law clinic programs that offer students the important opportunity to work under supervision on real cases with real clients. Based in the Melbourne CBD, Deakin Law Clinic aims to provide legal advice, assistance and information to the vulnerable and disadvantaged, and to also educate the broader community in relation to their legal rights and access to justice issues. Deakin Law Clinic is a teaching law firm, providing legal placement for advanced students of Deakin Law School under the supervision of qualified legal practitioners and offering opportunities for students to build the legal skills that underpin their academic training. Our students analyse complex legal problems and develop critical skills for a career in the law, including analytical, drafting, oral communication and problem solving skills. Deakin Law Clinic provides legal advice and assistance to eligible clients in areas including civil and commercial law, employment law, family law and venture law.

Additionally, industry placements – a hallmark of DLS – provide valuable experience across a wide variety of legal settings.

The Deakin Law Students Society (DLSS) is the oldest student society and one of the largest student societies at Deakin University. The DLSS is the peak representative body for law students at Deakin University and here to represent your interests. We are a student-run organisation dedicated to assisting all Deakin law students to make the most of their time at university. We pride ourselves on the ability to provide relevant and interesting information to students. Our seven portfolios provide a broad range of services, from helping you to achieve your dream job to hosting exciting social events throughout the year.

In the prestigious QS World University Rankings, DLS is ranked as one of Victoria’s top law schools. It is also rated as no. 53 on the SSRN Top 500 International Law Schools1, between no. 101-150 on QS World University Rankings2 and between no. 76-100 on the ARWU and Shanghai rankings3. DLS is also one of 23 law schools in Australia that has received CALD certification4.


1 Social Science Research Network (SSRN) Rankings (2017)

2 QS World University Rankings (2017)

3 Academic Rankings of World Universities (ARWU) (2017)

4 Council of Australian Law Deans (CALD) (2017)