Deakin Law School has opened an additional law clinic office, in a move the university said will help local residents with free family law advice.
Deakin Law Clinic has opened a new clinic in Geelong, where it will place final-year law students alongside qualified lawyers to help those in need with legal issues.
According to the law school, students gain important practical skills, aiding in client matters, including interviewing clients, drafting legal advice, drafting documents, and observing court matters whilst participating in the clinic.
Principal solicitor and coordinator Michele Tucker said clients could attend the office via appointment only or arrange for an online appointment if it is more appropriate.
“Deakin Law Clinic is a teaching law firm that is also a registered community legal service, primarily to provide students a chance to help clients who could otherwise not afford legal advice,” she said.
“Our first offering in Geelong will be assistance around family law issues, matters concerning marriage, divorce, parenting arrangements and property settlements.”
Deakin Law School has been operating the Deakin Law Clinic in Melbourne’s central business district since 2017, having assisted 550 clients across family law, employment law, criminal law, and civil and commercial law.
Ms Tucker added that the school was pleased to open its new Geelong office, beginning with the family law clinic, but hoped to be able to offer other services later this year.
“We want to complement the already terrific legal services available in Geelong. At a time when these services are stretched, with an overwhelming demand for legal assistance, it’s critical that support is available for those who need it most,” she said.
“Our aim is to provide legal advice, assistance and information to people who are disadvantaged in accessing legal services, and to also educate the broader community in relation to their legal rights.
“This is an important service for the community, our experienced lawyers and students can help those who struggle to access legal assistance.”
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