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- Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.
- 8 months full-time
A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.
- Perth City
Gain eligibility for admission to practise law in Western Australia.
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The Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice is a specialised Practical Legal Training (PLT) course aimed at law graduates. Satisfactory completion of the course is a prerequisite for a law graduate to be eligible for admission to the legal profession in Western Australia as a lawyer.
This course is approved by the Legal Practice Board of Western Australia and is the first PLT program to be delivered by a Western Australian university.
You will receive a quality, practical legal education, delivered in the heart of the Perth CBD and legal precinct. We also offer the convenience of evening classes in the city, so you can continue to work and study at the same time. Students have access to state-of-the-art facilities and quality online materials. You will also receive weekly, face-to-face contact with legal practitioners.
During the course you will also gain practical, integrated workplace training with the option to guarantee legal workplace experience through the John Curtin Law Clinic. You will work directly with clients, providing advice on real commercial matters, learning to manage files using practice management software and be mentored and supervised by experienced legal practitioners.
You may be eligible to apply for early commencement of the Curtin PLT before completion of your LLB in certain circumstances, provided you have obtained prior approval from the Legal Practice Board of Western Australia. To discuss your eligibility for early commencement of the Curtin PLT, please contact us.
Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.
- This course is the first PLT program to be delivered by a Western Australian university.
- During the course you will also gain practical, integrated workplace training with the option to guarantee legal workplace experience through the John Curtin Law Clinic.
- You will have weekly face-to-face contact with experienced Western Australian legal practitioners as instructors and mentors.
- The use of industry standard legal practice management software is integrated into the program's coursework.
- Manage your work and family commitments with our flexible study modes, with the option of intensive and part-time coursework modes.
- You may be able to reduce the duration of your course by applying for recognition of prior legal workplace experience.
What you'll learn
- research, interpret and apply knowledge of Western Australian and Commonwealth legal concepts, theory, procedure, statutory rules, case law principles, work management and business skills and professional ethical responsibilities to understand, evaluate and apply them in legal practice
- critically and creatively analyse complex legal problems to effectively identify and articulate the issues involved, generate innovative options and apply legal reasoning to make a considered choice between competing solutions which best serves the needs of the client
- identify, access, assess and synthesise relevant information from a client, primary legal sources such as cases and legislation and secondary sources such as journal articles, commentaries, relevant websites and precedents (including electronic versions of these sources), identify all relevant issues and gather and present relevant information in practical oral and documentary advice, legal documentation and communications
- identify and evaluate the needs of a client and the purpose of a proposed communication; accurately confirm instructions, effectively undertake inquiries, communicate the outcomes of legal research and analysis effectively, appropriately, practically and persuasively to colleagues, clients, courts and tribunals, other professionals and the broader community
- use appropriate electronic resources (law libraries, on-line searches, electronic data bases, legal citators and digests) - for advanced legal research and precedent identification purposes, use appropriate institutional databases for search and lodgement functions for legal documents, understand appropriate technologies to maintain trust and office accounts and file management and be able to communicate effectively in electronic forms
- use learning by doing and observing, documenting in writing and critically reflecting on their own and others’ performance as legal professionals, making use of feedback as appropriate, demonstrating intellectual curiosity including via research tasks and problem solving, and demonstrating an understanding of resilience and well-being in the legal profession
- understand the similarities and differences between local and other jurisdictions, including interstate and overseas jurisdictions, and be aware of the client’s and other practitioners’ perspectives, be able to effectively represent clients in negotiations by recognising other perspectives and apply best practice file and client management practices
- demonstrate a highly developed understanding of, and be able to identify and respond appropriately to, cross-cultural verbal and non- verbal communication issues, particularly indigenous cultures and the possible effect that these issues may have upon a client’s dealings with the police, courts, government and legal agencies
- understand, apply and demonstrate professional responsibility and professional courtesy in all dealings with clients, the courts and tribunals, the community and other practitioners and demonstrate ethical legal practice and professional integrity when working within a team and independently
At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.
You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.
If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.
A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.
CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.
Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:
Tel: 1300 222 888
Fees & charges
Fee information is not available for this course at this time. Find estimated course fees.
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- Curtin course code: GD-LAWLP
- CRICOS code: 096301D
- Last updated on: December 6, 2019