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C11232v1 Graduate Certificate in Professional Legal Practice

Award(s): Graduate Certificate in Professional Legal Practice (GradCertProfLegalPrac)
UAC code: 940440(Autumn session, Spring session), 940441 (distance)(Autumn session, Spring session, Summer session)
CRICOS code: 077342G
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 24
Course EFTSL: 0.5
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
Professional recognition
Other information

Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Professional Legal Practice allows students to complete the practical legal training (PLT) requirements necessary for admission by the Supreme Court of NSW to practise as a lawyer. The UTS PLT program is accredited by the Legal Profession Admission Board (LPAB) of the Supreme Court of NSW and offers students a university-standard level of teaching, involving interactive exercises such as practice courts, simulated practice transactions and skills training.

Career options

Career options include lawyer, provided graduates have fulfilled all other academic requirements.

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 law, the Juris Doctor, the LPAB Diploma in Law, or a law qualification from an overseas jurisdiction. Lawyers with overseas law qualifications should consult with the Legal Profession Admission Board (LPAB) for admission purposes in order to practise law in NSW.

Applicants may also be eligible to commence their practical legal training (PLT) studies once they have completed all core law subjects and have no more than two electives, or 12 credit points of electives, remaining in their primary law qualification. Applicants who wish to commence their PLT prior to the completion of their primary law degree must have the written approval of the LPAB.

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

University law graduates complete three core subjects (18cp), plus 15 weeks of full-time (or equivalent part-time) practical experience (0cp). University law graduates studying this course are given automatic credit recognition for CBK90399 Law Options (6cp).

Credit recognition for CBK90399 Law Options (6cp) is not given to students who enter the course after completing the LPAB Diploma in Law.

Course duration and attendance

The course can be completed in one session of full-time or one year of part-time study, plus 15 weeks of full-time (or equivalent part-time) approved practical experience.

Further information regarding completion requirements is available from the practical experience guidelines and rules.

Students who elect to study by distance should refer to the individual subjects with regard to any requirement to attend on-campus intensive block classes.

Course structure

University law graduates complete three core subjects (18cp), plus 15 weeks of full-time (or equivalent part-time) practical experience (0cp). University law graduates studying this course are given automatic credit recognition for CBK90399 Law Options (6cp).

Credit recognition for CBK90399 Law Options (6cp) is not given to students who enter the course after completing the LPAB Diploma in Law.

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. Further information about the practical experience component of the course can be found at practical legal training program.

Course completion requirements

STM90792 Core subjects 18cp
CBK90399 Law options 6cp
Total 24cp

Course program

All subjects are timetabled each session. The UTS Timetable Planner enables current and future UTS students to view subject timetables.

Autumn or Spring commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn or Spring session
75424 Legal and Professional Skills   6cp
75422 Transactional Practice   6cp
75423 Litigation and Estate Practice   6cp
75411 Practical Experience   0cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Autumn or Spring commencing, part time
Year 1
Autumn or Spring session
75424 Legal and Professional Skills   6cp
Select one of the following: 6cp
      75422 Transactional Practice 6cp  
      75423 Litigation and Estate Practice 6cp  
Year 2
Autumn or Spring session
Select one of the following: 6cp
      75423 Litigation and Estate Practice 6cp  
      75422 Transactional Practice 6cp  
75411 Practical Experience   0cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp

Professional recognition

This course satisfies the requirements for admission as a lawyer to the Supreme Court of NSW.

Other information

Further information for students is available on:

telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
Ask UTS