Courses & Units

Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice L6B

Hobart

Introduction

The Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice is 26-week full-time professional and practical training course conducted by the Centre for Legal Studies in Hobart. The course runs from February to July each year. It prepares law graduates for the conduct of legal practice. It is an approved course of practical legal training in the duties of a legal practitioner, for the purposes of the Legal Profession Act 2007 Section 25.

Summary

Course Name Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
Course Abbreviation GradDipLegPrac
Course Duration 0.5 Years
Maximum time to complete (Part-time) 2 Years
CRICOS code 040663G
Responsible Faculty Faculty of Law

Intake

Locations

Location Study periods
Hobart Legal Practice

Objectives

To ensure that aspiring practitioners have the essential knowledge, values, attitude and skills to practice law competently.

Career Outcomes

Successful completion of the course is normal prerequisite for admission as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Tasmania.

Additional Information

Fees: All domestic places in the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice are Commonwealth Supported Places and students are eligible for HECS-HELP.

Further details
For further details and information, please contact the Faculty of Law on (03) 6226 7510 or the Centre for Legal Studies on (03) 6226 4394.

Prerequisites

Applicants need to have EITHER:

successfully completed an academic qualification in law leading to admission to the legal profession, OR

have no more than 2 academic subjects to complete:

(i) where none of the outstanding subjects is one of the academic areas of knowledge referred to in Schedule 1 of the Legal Profession (Board of Legal Education) Rules 2010 (as amended by the Legal Profession (Board of Legal Education) Amendment Rules 2014); and

(ii) for which the applicant must be enrolled while undertaking the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice; and

(iii) the applicant has received the prior permission of the Board of Legal Education to commence the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.

1A If the applicant has completed their academic qualifications in law at a time that will be more than five years before their application to the Board of Legal Education for assessment of their academic qualifications for the purposes of admission, the applicant must, before entry to the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, apply for assessment of their academic qualifications under rule 4(3) of the Legal Profession (Board of Legal Education) Rules 2010 (as amended by the Legal Profession (Board of Legal Education) Amendment Rules 2014), and receive the Board's approval;

[see LEGAL PROFESSION (BOARD OF LEGAL EDUCATION) RULES 2010 (S.R. 2010, NO. 55)]

If you've previously undertaken study overseas, please review our list of equivalent qualifications.

Please note: international students should refer to the General Admission Requirements page for information regarding entry requirements.

Course Structure

Schedule

  • LCA101Civil Litigation Practice: Supreme Court Practice & AdvocacyDetails

    At the conclusion of the Unit trainees should be able to conduct civil litigation in first instance matters in courts of general jurisdiction and will have learnt fundamental advocacy skills.The Unit has a strong advocacy component with trainees appearing in…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • LCA102Magistrates' Court Practice & AdvocacyDetails

    This unit is organised in to three modules: familiarisation with the Court, Applications and Submissions (practice and advocacy) and conducted defended criminal proceedings. Throughout the duration of the Course a series of ten exercises are distributed to trainees in the…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • LCA103Commercial PracticeDetails

    This module is concerned with the general areas of law comprising Commercial Practice as well as the role, and duties of a commercial practitioner. Trainees are given a series of seminars and workshops addressing business structures generally and in particular…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • LCA104Property Law PracticeDetails

    The unit is concerned with the transfer of interests in real estate, and business and other assets, and will be primarily transaction based. There is a series of formal introductory lectures, which will cover the following areas: The searches, enquires…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • LCA105Trust and Office AccountsDetails

    This module is concerned with the principles governing, trust and general accounting in legal practice as well as the keeping of account records according to law and good practice to the standard expected of an employed solicitor.The format of the…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • LCA106Family Law PracticeDetails

    In this unit trainees gain an understanding of the practice and procedure in the Family Court and the Federal Magistrates' Court as well as an understanding of the role of the State Courts in dealing with matters arising from the…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • LCA107Professional Responsibilities & EthicsDetails

    This unit is divided into five modules:lawyers' skills, which includes interviewing clients, advocacy, writing letters, drafting other documents and negotiating settlements,competency, ethics and professional responsibility, which includes acting ethically, discharging the legal duties and obligations of legal practitioners, complying with…

    Credit Points: 25

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Annual Course Cost

Fees for domestic students are based on individual unit selections. Please refer to the fees section of each unit description to work out an indicative annual cost.

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.

Scholarships

For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

Course Rules


These specifications shall apply to the award of Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.

Entry

1    An applicant for the award as specified above must:

  • 1(a) have completed an academic qualification in law leading to admission to the legal profession, OR
       (b) have no more than 2 academic subjects to complete:
    • (i) where none of the outstanding subjects is one of the academic areas of knowledge referred to in Schedule 1 of the Legal Profession (Board of Legal Education) Rules 2010 (as amended by the Legal Profession (Board of Legal Education) Amendment Rules 2014); and
    •  (ii) for which the applicant must be enrolled while undertaking the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice; and
    •  (iii) the applicant has received the prior permission of the Board of Legal Education to commence the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.

1A  If the applicant has completed their academic qualifications in law at a time that will be more than five years before their application to the Board of Legal Education for assessment of their academic qualifications for the purposes of admission, the applicant must, before entry to the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, apply for assessment of their academic qualifications under rule 4(3) of the Legal Profession (Board of Legal Education) Rules 2010 (as amended by the Legal Profession (Board of Legal Education) Amendment Rules 2014), and receive the Board's approval;

2    Candidates for the award shall complete the award requirements, as hereinafter prescribed, in not less than two semesters (equivalent) of full-time study.

Course structure

3   To qualify for the award, the candidate shall pass all units in accordance with the Schedule accompanying these specifications.

Miscellaneous

4   The Faculty of Law may from time to time make amendments to the Schedule to these specifications.
5    These specifications shall take effect on 1 January 2015 and shall apply to all candidates for the award.
6   The approved abbreviation for the award of Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice shall be GradDipLegPrac.