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- Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
The duration of the course depends on the study option undertaken and the commencement date. The minimum duration of this course is 33 weeks. The coursework components of this course are undertaken as full-time or part-time study across two or three study periods. The course also includes a workplace experience component of either 15 weeks within a Curtin approved legal workplace or 10 weeks clinical experience in the John Curtin Law Clinic.
- 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.
Gain practical legal training for admission to the legal profession 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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Please note: The planned January and August 2021 intakes of the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Practical Legal Training) have been postponed with a new, revised version of our program expected to be available in January 2022.
This specialised, practical legal training (PLT) course is aimed at law graduates who wish to apply for admission to the legal profession in Western Australia.
It is approved by the Legal Practice Board of Western Australia and is the first PLT program to be delivered by a WA university.
You will study civil litigation practice, commercial and corporate practice, and property law practice. You will also further your legal skills in a range of essential areas including advocacy, cross-cultural communication, dispute resolution, drafting legal documents and legal interviewing.
This course is delivered in the heart of the Perth CBD and legal precinct. We offer the convenience of evening classes and the option of part-time study, so you can better manage your work and family commitments. You may also request assessment extensions if you have been affected by work commitments outside of your control.
This course focuses on practical learning activities and does not include any exams. You will be required to undertake 75 days of work experience within a Curtin-approved legal workplace or a 40-day work placement at the John Curtin Law Clinic (limited places by application). If you complete your work experience through the John Curtin Law Clinic, you will work directly with clients, providing advice on real matters, and learn to manage case files using practice management software.
You will be supported through regular, face-to-face seminars and workshops with experienced members of the legal profession.
You may be able to start this course before completing your Bachelor of Laws 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
- In-house legal counsel
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, 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:
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Fees & charges
Domestic fee paying postgraduate
Fee year: 2022
What is a domestic fee-paying (DFP) place?
A domestic fee-paying place is a place at university which is not Commonwealth supported, that is, not subsidised by the Australian Government.
Domestic fee paying students will be charged tuition fees and may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for all or part of those tuition fees.
Fees are indicative only.
* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).
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