Courses & Units

Family Law Practice and Procedure LCA106



This unit forms part of the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.


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 breakdown of relationships. At the conclusion of the Unit trainees should be able to-

  • Advise a client generally in respect to parenting and financial matters;
  • Advise a client in respect to applying or opposing an application for divorce;
  • Prepare and Application or Response relating to parenting and financial matters;
  • Prepare an affidavit and other additional documents to be filed with an Application or Response;
  • Prepare an Application for Divorce
  • Prepare a client to participate in Family Dispute Resolution procedures; and
  • Represent a client in Family Resolution procedures and in Court applications

During this unit trainees will undertake written and oral exercises. They will also maintain a simulated family law file in which they will take instructions, prepare all necessary Court documentation and represent a client in a simulated interim proceeding in relation to a parenting matter. The Interim hearing will be conducted before a Judge of the Family Court or a Federal Judge at the Family Court in Hobart. In addition trainees are required to provide their client with written advice regarding a financial aspect of their case.


Unit name Family Law Practice and Procedure
Unit code LCA106
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Discipline Centre for Legal Studies
Teaching staff

Ms Frances Di Giovanni, LL.B, Legal Practitioner, Ms Anna Grant, LL.B., Legal Practitioner and Mr Philip Theobald, LL.B, Barrister

Level Introductory
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Legal Practice On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Legal Practice 31/1/2020 9/3/2020 4/5/2020 31/7/2020

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2020.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
3 2020: $1,394.00 2020: $1,729.00 090913

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  • Pre-requisites: LLB and Admission to course L6B Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.


Teaching Pattern

Unit is part of GradDipLegPrac. Course carries a full-time load taught over 3 days per week. Attendance is compulsory.


Assessment of all elements in this Unit will be in accordance with the requirements of the Law Admissions Consultancy Council's 'National Competency Standards for Entry Level Lawyers'.

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