University of Technology Sydney

C11211v2 Graduate Certificate in Australian Law

Award(s): Graduate Certificate in Australian Law (GradCertAustLaw)
CRICOS code: 064381G
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 30
Course EFTSL: 0.625
Location: City campus


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

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


This course is for qualified lawyers from common law jurisdictions outside Australia who are seeking admission to practise law in NSW. Students complete 30 credit points of core subjects spanning ethics, property, constitutional and administrative law.

Coupled with the successful completion of practical legal training (PLT), graduates of this course meet the academic requirements for admission to practise law in NSW.

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 such as the Graduate Certificate in Professional Legal Practice (C11232).

Course intended learning outcomes

1.0 Specialised knowledge within a systematic and coherent body of knowledge, including:
1.1 The Australian legal system, international and comparative contexts, theoretical and technical knowledge;
1.2 The broader contexts within which legal issues arise and the law operates, including cultural awareness, social justice and policy
2.0 A capacity to value and promote honesty, integrity, accountability, public service and ethical standards including:
2.1 An understanding of approaches to ethical decision-making and professional responsibility;
2.2 An ability to recognise, reflect upon and respond to ethical issues likely to arise in professional contexts in ways that evidence professional judgment, promote justice and serve the community; and
2.3 A developing ability to act with responsibility and accountability
3.0 A capacity to think critically including the ability to:
3.1 Review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise legal knowledge;
3.2 Specialised technical and creative skills in approaching legal issues and generating appropriate responses;
3.3 Engage in critical analysis, evaluate alternatives and make high-level independent judgements; and
3.4 Identify and provide solutions for complex legal problems
4.0 Well-developed cognitive and practical skills necessary to identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues
5.0 Effective and appropriate professional communication skills including:
5.1 Effective use of the English language to convey legal ideas and views to a variety of audiences;
5.2 An ability to demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concepts;
5.3 An ability to communicate to inform, analyse, report and persuade; and
5.4 An ability to generate a sustained and logical argument

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' bachelor's degree in law, or Juris Doctor, must be from outside Australia or they must be admitted to practise as a legal practitioner in a common law jurisdiction outside Australia. Students who have graduated with a Shari'a law qualification are not eligible to apply for this course.

For overseas qualified lawyers, applicants must provide written advice from the NSW Legal Profession Admission Board outlining subjects required to be completed in order to be admitted to practise in NSW.

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.


Before lodging an application, applicants must contact the Legal Profession Admission Board of the NSW Supreme Court (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 the common law legal system.

Course duration and attendance

Full-time students can complete the course in a minimum of one session. Part-time students can complete the course in a minimum of one year. International students are unable to undertake part-time study.

Course structure

The course requires completion of 30 credit points of specified subjects. However, in some cases and subject to approval, students may substitute one subject.

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 practical legal training, such as the Graduate Certificate in Professional Legal Practice (C11232).

Course completion requirements

STM90841 Core subjects 30cp
Total 30cp

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 to 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

Further information for current students is available on:

telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)