Advanced Diploma in Paralegal Studies
Why study the Advanced Diploma in Paralegal Studies at UNE?
The Advanced Diploma in Paralegal Studies course provides students with the opportunity to complete a course dedicated to preparatory skills and studies in law, regardless of their educational background.
This course will be attractive to students who would like to graduate with a degree by completing 12 units. This course also offers students who wish to continue their studies in law the opportunity to transfer to the Bachelor of Legal Studies or to take advantage of the pathway to the Bachelor of Laws (4 year). It will also attract those with a general interest in law and those who wish to study particular areas of law in order to be able to work, for example, as a paralegal or legal secretary.
This course will enhance career opportunities for those who want to work in, what might be described as, an ever-changing legal services market. Almost every industry across the private and public sector depends on professionals with an excellent understanding of the law and skills in legal reasoning. In particular, this course will provide graduates with legal knowledge to equip them to be paralegals working for in-house lawyers (the fastest growing sector in law at present), not just legal practices or law firms, or to pursue a range of careers in areas such as banking and finance, communications and public relations, corporate governance, court administration, information technology publishing, justice departments, politics and public policy-making.
1.5 Years Full-time
Up to 6 years Part-time
CSP (quotas apply)
2019 STUDY OPTIONS
Trimester 1, Online
Trimester 1, On Campus
Trimester 2, Online
Trimester 2, On Campus
Trimester 3, Online
CSP (quotas apply)
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|Total Credit Points||72|
|How to Apply||
All domestic students apply through the link belowFor more information, click here
International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International. This course is only available online (distance education).For more information, click here
Mandatory intensive schools may be a requirement of some of the units in this course. See Unit Catalogue for specific requirements.
The University offers a number of faculty/college and country scholarships available to Australian citizens and permanent residents.
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Admission to Candidature
Candidate shall be qualified for admission (see Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and the Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Procedures).
Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.
Period of Candidature
The period of candidature shall be:
(a) 1.5 years as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to six years as a part-time candidate.
To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 72 credit points with not more than 60 credit points at 100-level.
Program of Study
Candidates shall complete an approved program of study as outlined in the Course Schedule comprising:
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|Core Units||36 cps|
|Listed Units||36 cps|
Award of Degree
Candidates who meet the course requirements shall be awarded the Advanced Diploma in Paralegal Studies.
Subject to meeting Advanced Standing rules, candidates who discontinue their studies in the Advanced Diploma in Paralegal Studies may be eligible to exit with the Diploma in Paralegal Studies on completion of 48 credit points including all Core units.
Candidates who apply to discontinue their studies must apply for re-admission and will be subject to current course requirements of the Advanced Diploma in Paralegal Studies. This may mean that they will not receive full recognition for their previous studies should the course structure have changed in response to University requirements.
The Advanced Diploma of Paralegal Studies aims to graduate students who can demonstrate:
· a knowledge of the fundamentals of the Australian legal system;
· knowledge of areas that include criminal law, dispute resolution, law and first peoples of Australia;
· the ability to take a strategic approach to problem solving by applying critical and innovative thinking to legal issues;
· competence in written communication.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
Knowledge of a Discipline
Graduates will have an understanding of the discipline areas of the law of Australia, and will also have an awareness of indigenous perspectives. Legal resources may include international law, comparative material such as case-law and legislation from other jurisdictions and also social, political and economic perspectives. Students will also be encouraged to consider the law through indigenous, theoretical and international perspectives.
Graduates will develop skills in legal writing and argument. These skills will benefit participants' ability to communicate with both clients and colleagues in both legal and non-legal contexts.
Graduates will be able to identify legal issues, apply the law and construct ethically appropriate solutions. Students are also encouraged to respond and apply these problem-solving skills to broader societal projects.
Graduates will be able to critically evaluate legal information from a range of sources using technology and communicate it to a range of audiences.
Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility
Graduates will be able to recognise ethical issues that may arise in the legal context and how to act in a socially responsible way both as an individual and in a team environment, recognising law's impact on society.
Graduates will recognise the need to take personal responsibility for the ongoing currency of their legal knowledge appreciating that law is a tool for social justice; and that law is a dynamic discipline.
Independence and Collaboration
Graduates will develop skills in independent study as well as the ability to work collaboratively. They will learn the importance of participating in discussions in a professional, respectful and ethical manner.