School of law

Clinical Legal Education and Graduate Certificate in Legal Practice

Clinical Legal Education

Law students who have completed the necessary prerequisites can enrol in Clinical Legal Education at Murdoch University, a clinical program focused on active involvement in the SCALES community legal centre practice based in Rockingham. Whilst supervised by legal practitioners will be responsible for client files and client interaction, allowing them to put their knowledge and skills into practice while assisting the community. The unit also has a strong focus on students’ development of professional commitment and ethical standards. Students will also have an opportunity to assess the adequacy of law and legal processes in their real-world, practical context.

For more information on Clinical Legal Education and how to enrol please click here.

Graduate Certificate in Legal Practice

The Graduate Certificate in Legal Practice course allows students to gain the practice experience necessary for admission to the legal profession. Students are placed within the Clinical Legal Practice run in collaboration with SCALES Community Legal Centre in one-on-one direct supervision by SCALES’ experienced solicitors. Students may work in any or all of SCALES’ diverse practice areas such as human rights, family or generalist law. Whilst enrolled at SCALES students are given the opportunity to undertake varied legal work under the supervision of our solicitors including interviewing clients, legal research, formulating and giving advice as well as law reform and policy work.


The Graduate Certificate in Legal Practice is only available to students who have undertaken Clinical Legal Education units throughout their degree and is subject to a strict quota, and will have intake in Semester 1 and Semester 2.

Students will be required to select two of the practice based units which are 6 points each, with a total 12 points to complete the Certificate. Each unit will run for 20 weeks and Legal Practice Placement 1 must be passed to the satisfaction of the supervising solicitors before the Legal Practice Placement 2 can be undertaken. The course will require students to do 20 weeks, five days a week as full time practical work experience.

This certificate is endorsed by the CEO of the College of Law. Murdoch is the only University in WA to offer these legal practice places through our partnership with the SCALES clinic.

For more information on Graduate Certificate in Legal Practice and how to enrol please click here.

For further information on SCALES and the programmes, please contact the clinic directly:

Anna Copeland
Director of Clinical Legal Programs
Supervising Solicitor and Migration Agent (SCALES)
Murdoch University
LAW Room 2.103
Tel: (08) 9360 2980 Fax: (08) 9360 6996

Carla Michan-Ranieri

Clinical Support Officer
Murdoch University
LAW Room 2.106
Tel: (08) 9360 6572 Fax: (08) 9360 6996