La Trobe Law School partnerships

The La Trobe Law School partners with a range of legal, community and government organisations.

Together, we are making new discoveries and training the next generation of lawyers and criminal justice professionals.

Our partners include law firms, community legal centres and non-profit organisations that offer clinical placement opportunities – supporting our students to build the networks and skills they need to thrive in the workforce and, over time, transform the sector.

Education partnerships

Our key education partners include:

The La Trobe Law School partners with Whittlesea Community Connections (WCC) to operate the La Trobe Law Clinic. Hosted by WCC’s Social Justice Project, the clinic is a multi-disciplinary partnership that provides students with the opportunity to work in five clinics: Wills and Wishes, Divorce and Family Law, Fines and Civil Actions, Seniors’ Clinic and Victims of Crime. Supervised by lawyers, students work directly with clients to develop practical skills and confidence, while also making a difference in the community.

The La Trobe Law School collaborates with a range of private and public legal practices, corporations and government organisations to provide opportunities for Law and Criminology students to gain practical skills and experience, strengthen their academic learning and deliver valuable service to the community.The Network is diverse, with students placed at Tennis Australia, private law firms, and Legal Aid.

This partnership with JobWatch, an employment rights community legal centre, provides internships where students liaise directly on the front line with clients on their employment law issues. Students are trained and supported by JobWatch lawyers to respond to a range of clients on their employment rights to ensure that workers have access to employment justice.

This partnership operates a Community Forms and Advocacy Assistance Service where students provide a wide range of services and support to the community. Criminology students assist and empower individuals to navigate the government and community service sectors.

Government and research partnerships

Academics in the La Trobe Law School regularly partner with government and community organisations to produce impactful research of direct relevance to the broader community.

We work collaboratively with our partners to understand challenges, bring together the right capabilities, manage projects efficiently, act with integrity, and guide the translation of legal research results into evidence-based practice.

Recent research partnerships include Equally Well Australia, Victoria Legal Aid, NSW Legal Aid, Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority, Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit, and West Justice.

International partnerships

The La Trobe Law School has both research and teaching partnerships with a variety of overseas institutions in countries as diverse as India, Canada, Singapore, Norway, the United States and Sweden. Students have the opportunity to take part in exchange programs at these partner institutions during their studies at La Trobe.

The Law School regularly welcomes academics from foreign institutions to spend time at La Trobe as visiting fellows.