Monash-Oakleigh Legal Service is a community legal centre which provides free advice and assistance in relation to a range of areas of law to members of the community. It is also a teaching clinic. The Legal Service is overseen by a management committee representing members of the local community.
The Legal Service aims to help people who are unable to afford private legal assistance and representation or are unable to obtain access to the legal system because of language barriers or other disadvantages.
The philosophy at MOLS is that everyone is entitled to free initial advice, even if the problem is not one that can be handled by the Service. MOLS is committed to demystifying the law and empowering clients with a better understanding of the legal system.
Monash-Oakleigh Legal Service is part of the Faculty of Law at Monash University. Clients’ matters are run by final year and graduate law students who work under the close supervision of qualified solicitors. These students are exposed to the operation of the law and the legal system in their social context. They learn the importance of people, facts and evidence, and the impact that various factors, including access to legal representation, can have on an individual's ability to attain a just outcome.
Monash-Oakleigh Legal Service receives funding from the Monash University Faculty of Law, Victoria Legal Aid, the Commonwealth Government and the City of Monash.