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C04320v1 Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate in Professional Legal Practice

Award(s): Juris Doctor (JD)
Graduate Certificate in Professional Legal Practice (GradCertProfLegalPrac)

UAC code: 940426 (FT)(Autumn session, Spring session), 940427 (PT)(Autumn session, Spring session)
CRICOS code: 092803C
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 162
Course EFTSL: 3.5
Location: City campus

Overview
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Credit recognition
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Levels of award
Articulation with UTS courses
Transfer between UTS courses
Professional recognition
Other information

Overview

New in 2017, UTS is the only university in Sydney to offer an integrated law and PLT program that can be completed in the equivalent of three years of full time study, including some summer study. The Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate in Professional Legal Practice is a graduate law degree that combines both the academic and practical legal training components for admission as a lawyer to the Supreme Court of NSW. It is specifically designed for graduates of disciplines other than law. The course qualifies as an Australian Qualifications Framework level 9 master's degree. The flexible nature of the course allows students to work while they study and to tailor their workload to suit professional and personal commitments.

The course offers an alternative pathway to practise as a lawyer for graduates who have successfully completed a first degree. In a globalised environment, the course is internationally recognised as a graduate-level law qualification. UTS: Law integrates flexible learning options, including day and night classes, block intensive classes, online learning and authentic assessments.

Career options

Career options include, but are not limited to, lawyer within a private firm, corporation, government department or community law centre, regulatory affairs and policy adviser in the public or private sector or legal specialisation related to students' previous degree or enhanced career options within an existing professional sphere.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.0 An advanced and integrated understanding of a complex body of legal knowledge including the Australian legal system, social justice, cultural and international contexts, the principles and values of ethical practice, and contemporary developments in law and its professional practice
2.0 An advanced and integrated capacity to value and promote honesty, integrity, accountability, public service and ethical standards including an understanding of approaches to ethical decision making, the rules of professional responsibility, an ability to reflect upon and respond to ethical challenges in practice, and a developing ability to engage in the profession of law and to exercise professional judgment
3.0 A capacity to think critically, strategically and creatively including an ability to identify and articulate complex legal issues, apply reasoning and research to generate appropriate theoretical and practical responses, and, demonstrate sophisticated cognitive and creative skills in approaching complex legal issues and generating appropriate responses
4.0 Well-developed cognitive and practical skills necessary to identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues and demonstrate intellectual and practical skills necessary to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, legal methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions
5.0 Effective and appropriate professional communication skills including highly effective use of the English language, an ability to inform, analyse, report and persuade using an appropriate medium and message and an ability to respond appropriately
6.0 A high level of autonomy, accountability and professionalism, the ability to implement appropriate self-management and lifelong learning strategies including initiating self-directed work and learning, judgment and responsibility, self assessment of skills, personal wellbeing and appropriate use of feedback and, a capacity to adapt to and embrace change

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

For this course the equivalent qualification required is a bachelor's degree in a discipline other than law or a law qualification from an overseas jurisdiction. Admission is at the discretion of the associate dean (education).

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Credit recognition

General and course-specific credit recognition information regarding the Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate in Professional Legal Practice is available in postgraduate course information.

Course duration and attendance

The standard course can be completed in three years of full-time or five years of part-time study. There are two intakes a year (in Autumn and Spring sessions).

Course structure

The course comprises a total of 162 credit points. The study components for course completion are as follows:

  • 108 credit points of compulsory core law subjects (15 subjects)
  • 30 credit points of law options (five subjects)
  • a 6-credit-point legal theory option (one subject), and
  • 18 credit points of professional legal training subjects.

Industrial training/professional practice

A practical experience work placement is a compulsory and integral component of the course. Practical experience requires students to complete 15 weeks of full-time (or equivalent part-time) practical experience work placement. Students must complete their practical experience work placement within two-and-a-half years of enrolling in 75411 Practical Experience. International students must complete their work placement(s) by the end of the session in which they are enrolled in 75411 Practical Experience.

Course completion requirements

STM90831 Core subjects (JD) 108cp
CBK90920 Options (JD) 30cp
CBK90921 Options (Legal Theory PG) 6cp
STM90792 Core subjects 18cp
Total 162cp

Course program

Students in the standard full-time program enrol in between 22 and 26 credit points in Autumn and Spring sessions. Optional subjects are regularly timetabled but not all options are offered in any one session. Students may choose to study the option subject instead of the legal theory subject in the recommended sequence provided that they complete the legal theory subject in a later session. The UTS Timetable Planner enables current and future UTS students to view subject timetables.

The standard full-time and part-time programs are shown below.

Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
70102 Foundations of Law   8cp
70103 Ethics Law and Justice   6cp
70114 Criminal Law and Procedure   8cp
Spring session
70211 Contracts   8cp
70311 Torts   8cp
70616 Australian Constitutional Law   8cp
Summer session
70327 Commercial Law   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
70104 Civil Practice   6cp
70317 Real Property   8cp
71116 Remedies   6cp
70109 Evidence   6cp
Spring session
70517 Equity and Trusts   8cp
70617 Administrative Law   8cp
70106 Principles of Public International Law   6cp
Summer session
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
78210 Law and Literature 6cp  
78235 Justice 6cp  
78236 Environmental Ethics 6cp  
78237 Geographies of Law 6cp  
78238 History and Theory of Intellectual Property 6cp  
78239 Feminist Perspectives on Law and Justice 6cp  
78241 Reading the Law: Language, Power and Ideology 6cp  
78218 Animal Law and Policy in Australia 6cp  
78126 Corporate Governance 6cp  
78270 Crime, Victims and Criminal Justice 6cp  
78269 Special Topics in Property 6cp  
Year 3
Autumn session
Select 12 credit points of options   12cp
70107 Principles of Company Law   8cp
75424 Legal and Professional Skills   6cp
Spring session
Select 12 credit points of options   12cp
75422 Transactional Practice   6cp
75423 Litigation and Estate Practice   6cp
75411 Practical Experience   0cp
Autumn commencing, part time
Year 1
Autumn session
70102 Foundations of Law   8cp
70103 Ethics Law and Justice   6cp
Spring session
70114 Criminal Law and Procedure   8cp
70211 Contracts   8cp
Year 2
Autumn session
70311 Torts   8cp
70616 Australian Constitutional Law   8cp
Spring session
70104 Civil Practice   6cp
70317 Real Property   8cp
Summer session
70327 Commercial Law   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
70109 Evidence   6cp
71116 Remedies   6cp
Spring session
70617 Administrative Law   8cp
70517 Equity and Trusts   8cp
Year 4
Autumn session
70107 Principles of Company Law   8cp
70106 Principles of Public International Law   6cp
Spring session
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
78210 Law and Literature 6cp  
78235 Justice 6cp  
78236 Environmental Ethics 6cp  
78237 Geographies of Law 6cp  
78238 History and Theory of Intellectual Property 6cp  
78239 Feminist Perspectives on Law and Justice 6cp  
78241 Reading the Law: Language, Power and Ideology 6cp  
78218 Animal Law and Policy in Australia 6cp  
78126 Corporate Governance 6cp  
78270 Crime, Victims and Criminal Justice 6cp  
78269 Special Topics in Property 6cp  
Summer session
Select 12 credit points of options   12cp
Year 5
Autumn session
Select 12 credit points of options   12cp
Spring session
75424 Legal and Professional Skills   6cp
75422 Transactional Practice   6cp
Year 6
Summer session
75423 Litigation and Estate Practice   6cp
75411 Practical Experience   0cp

Levels of award

The Juris Doctor component of this course may be awarded with distinction. An additional year of study is not required. To qualify for distinction, a student must complete 77740 Research Paper within CBK90920 Options (JD). The rules governing the Juris Doctor with distinction can be found in postgraduate course information. See the UTS: Law website for information on how to apply.

Articulation with UTS courses

Students who successfully complete the Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate in Professional Legal Practice at UTS and have completed Master of Laws (C04143) equivalent subjects within the Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate in Professional Legal Practice, may apply for these subjects to be credited towards the Master of Laws (C04143).

Transfer between UTS courses

Subjects undertaken within the Juris Doctor component of this course are recognised within the Master of Legal Studies (C04264) and the Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies (C07122). Students enrolled in the Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate in Professional Legal Practice may apply to internally transfer to the master's or graduate diploma. Candidates are not awarded the Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate in Professional Legal Practice but subjects undertaken are applied towards the master's or graduate diploma.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Legal Profession Admission Board (LPAB) of the Supreme Court of NSW. The course satisfies both the academic and practical legal training requirements for admission as a lawyer to the Supreme Court of NSW.

Other information

Further information for future students is available on:

telephone +61 2 9514 3660
email
law@uts.edu.au

Further information for current students is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
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