Journal of Law and Social Policy


Richard Foster


Law--Study and teaching (Clinical education); Holistic education; Australia

Document Type

Voices and Perspectives

English Abstract

The Monash-Oakleigh Legal Service (MOLS) is a community legal service affiliated with Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, and partly funded by Victoria Legal Aid. MOLS deals with a range of legal matters, including: criminal law, family law, tenancy and neighbourhood disputes, and a number of credit, debt, and bankruptcy issues. In July 2010, the Multi-Disciplinary Clinic (MDC) was established at MOLS to provide a holistic service to clients by involving students from three academic disciplines to deal with client issues. This paper describes some of the mechanics of how the MDC operates, including how students are assessed and supervised. It also describes the benefits for students and clients. Importantly, the paper examines the contributions of each discipline to a broader goal of integrating equally important skill bases to deliver solutions for clients.