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C07073v5 Graduate Diploma in Australian Law

Award(s): Graduate Diploma in Australian Law (GradDipAustLaw)
UAC code: 940408(Autumn session, Spring session)
CRICOS code: 016613F
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 48
Course EFTSL: 1
Location: City campus

Notes

This course is not appropriate for applicants who are already admitted to practise as a lawyer in NSW.


Overview
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Applications
Assumed knowledge
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Professional recognition
Other information

Overview

This course is designed to permit appropriately qualified lawyers from jurisdictions outside Australia to satisfy the academic requirements for admission as a lawyer of the Supreme Court of NSW.

Each student's course is individually tailored to their academic requirements, as assessed by the Legal Profession Admission Board of the Supreme Court of NSW (LPAB).

Career options

Career options include lawyer in NSW within a government or corporate department, private law firm or community law centre, providing students also undertake a course in practical legal training (PLT).

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.

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree in law from outside Australia or be admitted as a lawyer in a jurisdiction outside Australia.

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.

Applications

Before lodging an application, applicants must contact the LPAB to determine the subjects they are required to complete to be eligible for admission to practise in NSW.

Notification from the LPAB, listing the subjects required, must accompany the application for admission into the course.

Assumed knowledge

Appropriately qualified knowledge of a legal system.

Course duration and attendance

Full-time students can complete this course in a minimum of one year. Part-time students can complete the course in a minimum of one-and-a-half years.

Course structure

The course requires completion of a minimum of 48 credit points. However, each candidate's course of study varies depending on the number of subjects they are required to take in order to be admitted to practice in NSW. Subjects other than those listed below may be substituted depending on what subjects the LPAB requires applicants to complete to be eligible for admission to practice.

Industrial training/professional practice

Applicants should note that in order to gain admission as a lawyer of the Supreme Court of NSW they may also be required to undertake a course in PLT, such as the Graduate Certificate in Professional Legal Practice (C11232).

Course completion requirements

CBK90942 Options 48cp
Total 48cp

Professional recognition

This course may satisfy the requirements for admission to the Supreme Court of NSW. The Legal Profession Admission Board may recognise subjects attempted within this course. Applicants are advised to obtain written confirmation of the LPAB in recognition of subjects attempted within this course prior to enrolling.

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 on:

telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
Ask UTS