Course essentials

Offered by:
VU course code:
BSB52215
Study mode:
Part Time, Full Time, Full Time
Delivery mode:
Face to Face
Duration:
0.5 years full time or longer for part time

Gain the skills to assist lawyers representing clients on a variety of legal matters.

Our course prepares you to work in supporting roles within the legal system, such as law clerk, legal secretary or paralegal. It is tailored to the industry, so the knowledge you acquire will be highly relevant as you take your first step into your career.  

You'll learn about legislation, and study regulations and codes relevant to the following areas:

  • criminal law
  • corporate law
  • family law
  • property law
  • civil law. 

You'll graduate ready to use a range of specialised, technical and managerial skills to plan and carry out work in a legal context.

You will need to create an account (or use your existing VU one).

Direct applications due 19 February 2018.

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Careers

Prospective careers in the legal system are:

  • executive legal assistant
  • law clerk
  • legal services support officer
  • paralegal, and
  • senior legal secretary.

Course objectives

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who possess a sound theoretical knowledge base and use a range of specialised, technical or managerial competencies to plan and carry out work in a legal context in accordance with legislation, regulations and codes of practice relevant to the different jurisdictions.

Course structure

To be awarded BSB52215 Diploma of Legal Services, a student must successfully complete a total of ten (10) units of competency, comprising of:

  • four (4) core units, and;

  • six (6) elective units, of which:

  • four (4) elective units must be selected from the elective units listed within the BSB52215 Diploma of Legal Services qualification;
  • two (2) elective units may be selected from the elective units listed within the BSB52215 Diploma of Legal Services qualification, or any currently endorsed training package or accredited course at the same qualification level, of which:
  • one (1) elective unit may be selected from either a Certificate IV or Advanced Diploma qualification from any currently endorsed training package or accredited course.

CORE UNITS

ELECTIVE UNITS

Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers

Previous completion of units at Victoria Polytechnic or any other Registered Training Organisation and/or previous attainment of skills and knowledge may be credited towards this course. Units must satisfy the completion rules of the qualification and be assessed as appropriate by Victoria Polytechnic.

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: VET

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.

If you enrol in a:

  • Government subsidised place, you’ll pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution.
  • full-fee paying place, you’ll pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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Scholarships & assistance

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Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.

How to apply for this course

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

Before you apply, consider whether you also wish to apply for:

When you're ready:

You will need to create an account (or use your existing VU one).

Direct applications due 19 February 2018.

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