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Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies)

Students who want to open doors to a legal career should consider this two-year degree, which not only provides a professional qualification as paralegal or in conveyancing, but also an admission pathway to becoming a lawyer.

The Associate Degree in Law will allow you to explore the Australian legal system and criminal processes, introduce you to legal research and writing and also equip you with foundational principles in key areas of the law.

This degree offers a fantastic opportunity for you to gain a qualification and start working in the legal profession quickly.

Graduates will be able to work in a range of sectors and fields, and gain the experience and financial stability to continue their studies and complete a law degree if they choose.

Domestic

General

  • Course code: 2206351
  • Course abbreviation: AssocDegLaw (Paralegal)
  • Credit points: 192
  • Equivalent units: 16

Duration & Fees

ATAR

  • Indicative ATAR: 63

OP

  • Indicative OP: 15

International

General

  • Course code: 2206351
  • Course abbreviation: AssocDegLaw (Paralegal)
  • Credit points: 192
  • Equivalent units: 16

Duration & Fees

  • Duration: 2 years full-time
  • Fees:
    • Gold Coast - $26,000 ($3,250 per unit)
    • Lismore - $26,000 ($3,250 per unit)

CRICOS Code

Gold Coast 016182B
Lismore 016182B

Admission Requirements

CategoryScore
Overall6.0
Reading5.5
Writing5.5
Listening5.5
Speaking5.5

Course Overview

Career Opportunities

In legal offices in most areas of paralegal practice, with solicitors and barristers, government legal departments, law enforcement agencies, legal aid offices, court administration, public prosecutions, and in the corporate sector in finance, banking, insurance and conveyancing.

Paralegals perform substantive legal work in legal practices, banks, insurance companies, or other public and private organisations with in-house legal departments. A paralegal’s tasks may include legal research, drafting wills, preparing legal arguments, preparing agreements, compiling court documentation, legal record keeping, legal communication and client services.

Students who achieve the required grade point average during or on completion of this degree may apply for admission into the undergraduate entry Bachelor of Laws.

This is a recognised educational qualification for a licensed conveyancer in NSW. 

Professional Recognition

When taken with the conveyancing major, the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies), fulfils the academic requirements necessary to obtain a conveyancer’s licence in NSW, and is accredited by NSW Fair Trading. For licensing requirements, and details of mandatory additional work experience required to enable registration, enquiries should be made to NSW Fair Trading.
 
Note that each Australian state or territory has its own legislation regulating conveyancing practice.

Professional Placement

Students may undertake voluntary legal experience and para-professional placement with legal firms or offices to complement their practical legal skills and become familiar with the issues facing working paralegals.

Major Areas of Study

This course consists of compulsory law units and elective units. Students can choose to study a major in conveyancing.

Please note: Some elective units, when studied online, require students to attend on-campus workshops.

Assessment methods

The assessment methods used in this course vary from unit to unit. They may include research proposals, research essays, reports, oral and written presentations, case studies, online and class participation, and examinations. The weighting of assessment marks between assignments and examinations also varies.

Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including face-to-face lectures and tutorials. Some units offer online activities, classes, pre-recorded and/or live lectures. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

The online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive online pre-recorded and/or live lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

The following elective units require attendance at on-campus workshops:

Intakes list:

Domestic intakes
2019 Session 1 Session 2 Session 3
GOLD COAST yes yes
LISMORE yes yes
COFFS HARBOUR
ONLINE yes yes yes
Study Options
  • online
  • on campus
  • post grad
  • under grad
Domestic intakes
2018 Session 1 Session 2 Session 3
GOLD COAST yes yes
LISMORE yes yes
COFFS HARBOUR
ONLINE yes yes yes
Study Options
  • online
  • on campus
  • post grad
  • under grad
International intakes
2018 Session 1 Session 2 Session 3
GOLD COAST yes
LISMORE yes
COFFS HARBOUR
ONLINE
Study Options
  • online
  • on campus
  • post grad
  • under grad
International intakes
2019 Session 1 Session 2 Session 3
GOLD COAST yes
LISMORE yes
COFFS HARBOUR
ONLINE
Study Options
  • online
  • on campus
  • post grad
  • under grad

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