School of law

History of SCALES

SCALES began as an initiative of community groups from the Rockingham and Kwinana areas and the Murdoch University School of Law. SCALES was developed as a community legal centre which was to provide services to a region which had a rapidly growing population and was in need of free community legal services and which could also incorporate a legal clinic for Murdoch University law students.

The centre first opened its doors at its Rockingham office in April 1997. SCALES has the dual aims of providing a service to the community and providing quality practical legal education to Murdoch University law students. The clinic course was modelled upon the clinical course offered through Monash University ’s Springvale Monash Legal Service.

Initially SCALES was funded as a 2 year pilot project by Murdoch University and the Commonwealth Attorney General’s office. After the pilot period SCALES secured ongoing funding through the Commonwealth Legal Aid and Family Services Division of the Attorney General’s Department and from Murdoch University .

SCALES is a member of the Community Legal Centres Association Western Australia, National Association of Community Legal Centres and the National Association of Clinical Educators.