Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (L6B)

Overview  2023

Entry Requirements

See entry requirements

Duration

Minimum 0.5 Years, up to a maximum of 0.5 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

Hobart
Legal Practice

Entry Requirements

See entry requirements

Duration

Minimum 0.5 Years, up to a maximum of 0.5 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Entry requirements

Location

Hobart
Legal Practice
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 (Board of Legal Education) Rules 2021.
"Through interacting with senior people in the legal community the course has given me a lot more confidence. To have that opportunity is something that shouldn’t be taken for granted."

Monica Otlowski
Trainee, Tasmanian Legal Practice Course

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

  • 1 Apply complex legal concepts, procedures, rules, and principles essential in the conduct of professional legal practice to achieve client-focused outcomes
  • 2 Formulate and implement solutions to legal problems in a client’s interests in a professionally responsible, ethical and creative manner
  • 3 Utilise appropriate legal communication strategies to advocate effectively for clients in a range of legal and professional contexts
  • Career outcomes

    “Most firms have some involvement with the course, so they know that the skills we get taught here are desirable and some firms hire exclusively out of the Tasmanian Legal Practice Course.”

    Meghan Scolyer
    Trainee, Tasmanian Legal Practice Course

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

    The Centre for Legal Studies is an approved practical legal training provider for the purposes of Rule 9 of the Legal Profession (Board of Legal Education) Rules 2021.

    Course graduates are eligible to apply for admission to the legal profession in Tasmania or in any other Australian jurisdiction.

    Course structure

    The Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice require the completion of 100 credit points of Core units.

    This unit focuses on advancing your technical and practical knowledge in the areas of client interviewing, drafting (including writing letters) and advocacy skills which are then developed throughout the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. You will participate in a combination…

    Credit Points: 25

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartLegal Practice

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    At the conclusion of the unit, you will be able to conduct civil litigation in first instance matters in at least one State or Territory Court of general jurisdiction, in a timely and cost-effective manner. You will develop valuable advocacy…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartLegal Practice

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    Unit DescriptionIn this unit you will build broad knowledge and skills required to competently practice criminal law as an entry-level lawyer. You will apply your acquired knowledge and skills to provide effective representation in the criminal jurisdiction of the Magistrates…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartLegal Practice

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    This unit is organised into three parts of commercial Law practice – Foundations, Transactions and Interactions, with the substantive competency modules spread across the full course timetable. The unit will also cover a range of other common commercial law matters…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartLegal Practice

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    This unit centres on settling a standard transfer of property from the legal perspective of acting for both a vendor and a purchaser in accordance with land use legislation in Tasmania. Key steps to cover include:• drafting a contract for…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartLegal Practice

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    At the conclusion of this unit, you will be able to undertake appropriate general accounting and financial processes required to maintain trust and general account records according to law and good practice. You will develop knowledge and understanding of the…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartLegal Practice

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    In this unit you will gain a general overview of the principal issues involved in the practice of family law. You will build knowledge and skills to provide effective representation as an entry-level lawyer in dispute resolution and pre-action procedures…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartLegal Practice

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    Entry requirements

    In accordance with section 8(2) of Legal Profession (Board of Legal Education) Rules 2021 to be eligible to enrol in the post-graduate Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice applicants need to have EITHER:

    • successfully completed an academic qualification in law leading to admission to the Australian 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 2021; 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.

    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 2021, and receive the Board's approval.

    Admission to most postgraduate coursework courses at the University of Tasmania require qualifications equivalent to an Australian bachelor degree.

    If you have completed your Bachelor of Laws or equivalent in a jurisdiction other than Australia, you will need to have your qualification assessed by the Law Society of Tasmania for assessment of overseas qualification through the Tasmanian Board of Legal Education https://lst.org.au/about/contact-us/

    English Language Requirements

    For students who do not meet the English Language Requirement through citizenship or prior studies in English in an approved country, evidence of an approved English language test completed within the last 2 years must be provided. See the English Language Requirements page for more information.

    Course Specific Requirements

    In accordance with section 8(2) of Legal Profession (Board of Legal Education) Rules 2021 to be eligible to enrol in the post-graduate Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice applicants need to have EITHER::

    • successfully completed an academic qualification in law leading to admission to the Australian 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 2021; 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.

    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 2021, and receive the Board's approval.

    Fees & scholarships

    Domestic students

    Options for this course

    Cost shouldn’t get in the way of you studying.

    If you’re a domestic undergraduate student, you may be eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place in this course. This means your fees will be subsidised by the Australian Government. You’ll only need to pay the student contribution amount for each unit you study within the course.

    You may also be able to defer payment of the student contribution amount by accessing a HECS-HELP loan from the Government. If eligible, you’ll only have to pay your tuition fees once you start earning above a specific amount.

    Further information is available at Scholarships, fees and costs.

    Student contribution

    Student contribution amounts are charged for each unit of study. This means that how much you’ll pay will depend on which units you choose. Find out more about student contribution amounts.

    Further information

    Detailed fee information for domestic students is available at Scholarships, fees and costs, including additional information in relation to the compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

    International students

    2023 Total Course Fee (international students): $22,950 AUD*.

    Course cost based on a rate of $22,950 AUD per standard, full-time year of study (100 credit points).

    * Please note that this is an indicative fee only.

    International students

    International students are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the annual rate. International students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

    Scholarships

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

    How can we help?

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