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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.
I chose Curtin’s Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice over other providers’ programs, because Curtin emphasised practical learning. The face-to-face sessions with those engaged in the profession and the fact that it was relatively easy to fit the program in with full-time employment, were also drawcards.
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This is a specialised Practical Legal Training (PLT) course aimed at law graduates.
It is approved by the Legal Practice Board of Western Australia and is the first PLT program to be delivered by a Western Australian university. Topics of study cover civil litigation practice, commercial and corporate practice, property law practice and lawyers’ skills.
You will receive a quality, practical legal education, delivered in the heart of the Perth CBD and legal precinct. We offer the convenience of evening classes, so you can continue to work and study at the same time. You will also receive weekly, face-to-face contact with legal practitioners.
You will have opportunities to undertake work experience for credit in tandem with your coursework, such as an optional 10-week work placement at the John Curtin Law Clinic (limited places by application). You will work directly with clients, providing advice on real 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. Read more
To discuss your eligibility for early commencement of the Curtin PLT, please contact us.
Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.
- Gain practical, integrated workplace training with the option to guarantee legal workplace experience through the John Curtin Law Clinic (limited places by application).
- Study under experienced Western Australian legal practitioners.
- Learn to use industry-standard legal practice management software.
- Manage your work and family commitments with our flexible study modes, with the option of intensive and part-time coursework modes.
- The Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice degree is an approved qualification by the Legal Practice Board of Western Australia.
- Banking and finance
- Courts and tribunals
- Resources and renewables
- Private legal practice
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
Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.
|IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)|
|Overall band score||6.5|
Other requirements and notes for this course
Specifically, applicants require a Bachelor of Laws, Juris Doctor or equivalent qualification from a recognised university approved under the Legal Profession (Admission) Rules 2009 (WA), or otherwise have received prior written approval from the Legal Practice Board of Western Australia to enrol in the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice Course.
Students who have less than 50 credits of optional units remaining in the undergraduate degree and have received written approval from the Legal Practice Board of Western Australia may be enrolled to commence the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice concurrently with enrolment in those optional units.
To complete the course, students must satisfy all of the requirements of the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice including a satisfactory level of competence in all Performance Criteria in the “Law Admissions Consultative Committee Practical Legal Training Competency Standards for Entry-Level Lawyers” (“Competency Standards”).
In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.
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 at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.
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.
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Fees & charges
International student indicative fees
Fee year: 2020
|International onshore – fee paying||Cost|
|Offer letter (100 credit) published fee||$18,300*|
|Total indicative course fee||$36,600*|
|Indicative year 1 fee||$36,600*|
Fees are indicative only.
*Based on a first-year full-time study load of 0 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).
It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks. For information about fees at other locations please contact the relevant campus or partner institution by visiting Curtin International’s offshore site.
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