Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies)

2020 course information for Domestic Students
2020 course information for International Students

updated 8:11 PM on Fri, 16 April

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

IELTS
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ATAR/OP
N/A
Duration
2 years full-time; 4 years part-time
2 years full-time
Location
Gold Coast, Lismore, Online
Gold Coast, Lismore
Start date
March, July, November
February, June, October
Course code
2206351
Course abbreviation
AssocDegLaw (Paralegal)
Credit points
192
Equivalent units
16
CRICOS
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Fees
Commonwealth supported
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Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

Course overview

Paralegals are a highly-valued part of the legal sector and there is increasing demand for paralegal professionals who can think outside the box.

This course will get you working in law quickly and lays the foundation for career progression. As you explore the Australian legal system, you will gather skills in legal research and writing, and absorb foundational principles in key areas of the law. You can choose to undertake voluntary legal experience or a para-professional placement to become familiar with the issues facing working paralegals. An optional major in Conveyancing provides the academic pre-requisite for qualification as a conveyancer in NSW. 

Paralegals work with solicitors and barristers, in government legal departments, law enforcement agencies, legal aid offices, court administration, public prosecutions and in the community and corporate sectors in finance, banking, insurance and conveyancing.

Graduates may also consider roles as a para-professional within a range of industries. This degree is also a pathway to further studies to become a lawyer.

Paralegals are a highly-valued part of the legal sector and there is increasing demand for paralegal professionals who can think outside the box.

This course will get you working in law quickly and lays the foundation for career progression. As you explore the Australian legal system, you will gather skills in legal research and writing, and absorb foundational principles in key areas of the law. You can choose to undertake voluntary legal experience or a para-professional placement to become familiar with the issues facing working paralegals. An optional major in Conveyancing provides the academic pre-requisite for qualification as a conveyancer in NSW. 

Paralegals work with solicitors and barristers, in government legal departments, law enforcement agencies, legal aid offices, court administration, public prosecutions and in the community and corporate sectors in finance, banking, insurance and conveyancing.

Graduates may also consider roles as a para-professional within a range of industries. This degree is also a pathway to further studies to become a lawyer.

Current Southern Cross students – to access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook.

Entry requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

CountryScore
Austria AMC3.7
Bangladesh HSC3.3
Brazil SSLC7.8
Canada High School OSSD48
Chile PSU6.0, overall 600-649
China Gao Kao436
Colombia CB (NAT)73, overall 300-349
Denmark USSLE5.8
France FB10.5
German Abitur3.2
Hong Kong HKDSE13
India CBSE (best 4)7.0 in external exam
India CISCE63
India Higher Secondary School Certificate (best 4)7 in academic
Indonesia SMA7.8
International Baccalaureate24
Japan USSLC3.7
Korea, Republic of, CSAT292
Malaysia ICSSUEC65
Malaysia STPM3
Nepal Higher Secondary Education Certificate65
Nepal Proficiency Certificate78
Norway GPA1.3
Pakistan HSSC29
Papua New Guinea HSC (best 5)2.4 pass Eng & Math
Peru OCSE16
Phillipines NSAT86
Russia FCCSE4.1
Saudi Arabia MESSLC78
Singapore SCGCE14.5
Spain SSSD7.8
Spain STBPU7.2
Spain SUOY4.5
Sri Lanka GCE4
Sweden SSLC12.3
Taiwan GSAT81
Thailand CSE(Matayom 6) 1.7
Turkey HSD3.7
UK Board GCE A Levels12
USA SAT & ACTSAT 1350, ACT 18
Vietnam (in 4 subjects)7.5 Average

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

CategoryScore
Overall6.0
Listeningminimum 5.5
Readingminimum 5.5
Speakingminimum 5.5
Writingminimum 5.5

About the course

This course consists of compulsory law units and elective units. Students can choose to study a major in conveyancing.

Please note: Some elective units, when studied online, require students to attend on-campus workshops.

Domestic students

LocationSession
Gold Coast1, 2
Lismore1, 2
Online1, 2, 3

International students

LocationSessionAnnual FeesCRICOS
Gold Coast1, 2$26,800 ($3,350 per unit)016182B
Lismore1$26,800 ($3,350 per unit)016182B
 Notice

Tuition fees are in Australian dollars, and are subject to change, including annual increases over the duration of a course. Annual tuition fee is based on completing 8 units per year. In addition students are required to pay OSHC for the duration of their visa in advance. Non-tuition fee covers textbooks, stationery and excursions.

How to apply

Where and when do you want to study?

Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.

Applications are not available for 2020. Please select a different year above or see Course Options for courses currently offered.

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Learning outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Course Learning Outcome

Apply critical judgement including analysis, reasoning, and appropriate directed research to legal issues and challenges in paralegal, professional and social contexts.

Apply legal reasoning and research to generate appropriate and creative responses to legal problems in paralegal, professional and social contexts.

Demonstrate an understanding and evaluate issues with reference to principles of social justice and legal ethical frameworks.

Demonstrate an understanding of a broad and coherent body of knowledge relating to the paralegal, professional and social contexts of the fundamental areas of law, the Australian legal system, and underlying principles and concepts.

Learn and work independently within broad parameters.

Reflect on and assess their own capabilities and performance.

Access, manage and evaluate sources of information relevant to legal research and practice.

Communicate appropriately and effectively, both orally and in writing.

Collaborate effectively and constructively with others.

Apply an understanding of Australian Indigenous perspectives to all aspects of legal professional practice.


Assessment methods

The assessment methods used in this course vary from unit to unit. They may include research proposals, research essays, reports, oral and written presentations, case studies, online and class participation, and examinations. The weighting of assessment marks between assignments and examinations also varies.

Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including face-to-face lectures and tutorials. Some units offer online activities, classes, pre-recorded and/or live lectures. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

The online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive online pre-recorded and/or live lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

The following elective units require attendance at on-campus workshops:

Career opportunities

In legal offices in most areas of paralegal practice, with solicitors and barristers, government legal departments, law enforcement agencies, legal aid offices, court administration, public prosecutions, and in the corporate sector in finance, banking, insurance and conveyancing.

Paralegals perform substantive legal work in legal practices, banks, insurance companies, or other public and private organisations with in-house legal departments. A paralegal’s tasks may include legal research, drafting wills, preparing legal arguments, preparing agreements, compiling court documentation, legal record keeping, legal communication and client services.

Students who achieve the required grade point average during or on completion of this degree may apply for admission into the undergraduate entry Bachelor of Laws.

Graduates may also choose to transfer into the Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies and graduate with a Bachelor degree after just one additional year of study. 

The Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) when studied with the Conveyancing major is a recognised educational qualification for a licensed conveyancer in NSW. 

Professional placement

You may undertake voluntary legal experience and para-professional placement with legal firms or offices to complement their practical legal skills and become familiar with the issues facing working paralegals.

Professional recognition

When taken with the conveyancing major, the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies), fulfils the academic requirements necessary to obtain a conveyancer’s licence in NSW, and is accredited by NSW Fair Trading. For licensing requirements, and details of mandatory additional work experience required to enable registration, enquiries should be made to NSW Fair Trading.

Note that each Australian state or territory has its own legislation regulating conveyancing practice.

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students

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Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies), students must complete 16 units (192 credit points), comprising:


Course structure


Schedule of units

TitleLevel of learningNote

Core Units

LAW10157 -  Australian Legal SystemIntroductory
LAW00050 -  Criminal ProcessIntroductory
LAW00128 -  Interviewing, Negotiation and EthicsIntroductory
LAW00051 -  Legal Research and WritingIntroductory
LAW10159 -  Principles of Contract LawIntermediate
LAW00052 -  Introduction to Land LawIntroductory
LAW00054 -  Family Law PracticeIntermediate
LAW00053 -  Foundations of TortsIntermediate

Electives

TitleLevel of learningNote
ACC00132 -  TaxationAdvanced
ACC00134 -  Advanced TaxationAdvanced
LAW00004 -  Company LawIntermediate
LAW00057 -  Conveyancing LawIntermediate Note 1
LAW00058 -  Litigation PracticeIntermediate
LAW00059 -  Welfare LawIntermediate
LAW00061 -  Drugs, Crime and the LawIntermediate
LAW00062 -  Wills and EstatesIntermediate
LAW00104 -  Employment and Industrial Relations LawAdvanced
LAW00106 -  EEO and OH&S Law and PracticeAdvanced
LAW00107 -  Conveyancers Professional PracticeIntermediate
LAW00108 -  Legal and Conveyancing PracticeIntroductory
LAW00118 -  Environmental LawIntermediate
LAW00119 -  Local Government and Planning LawIntermediate
LAW00120 -  VictimologyIntermediate
LAW00121 -  Intellectual PropertyAdvanced
LAW00124 -  International Business LawIntermediate
LAW00125 -  Information Technology and the LawAdvanced
LAW00126 -  Competition and Consumer LawIntermediate
LAW00214 -  Mediation and Dispute ResolutionIntroductory Note 1
LAW00216 -  Mediation Practice and ProcedureIntermediate Note 1
LAW00514 -  CriminologyIntermediate
LAW00521 -  International LawIntermediate
LAW00522 -  Human RightsAdvanced
LAW00523 -  Commercial LawIntermediate
LAW00525 -  CyberlawIntermediate
LAW00526 -  International Criminal JusticeAdvanced
LAW00529 -  Restorative JusticeIntermediate
LAW01125 -  Stock Exchange and Finance LawIntermediate
LAW10068 -  Law and Government Decision MakingIntermediate
LAW10069 -  Veterans Law IIntermediate
LAW10070 -  Veterans Law IIAdvanced
LAW10158 -  Introduction to Evidence and AdvocacyIntermediate
LAW10160 -  Public Interest AdvocacyAdvanced
LAW10166 -  Entertainment LawAdvanced
LAW10171 -  Mediating Across CulturesIntroductory
LAW10206 -  The Holocaust, Genocide and the LawIntermediate
LAW10288 -  MootingAdvanced
LAW10292 -  Education and the LawIntermediate
LAW10472 -  International Human Rights LawIntermediate
LAW10487 -  Animal LawIntermediate
LAW10489 -  Australian Military and National Security LawIntermediate
LAW10490 -  Trials and WitnessesIntermediate
LAW10491 -  Sexual Orientation and the LawIntermediate
LAW10527 -  Comparative LawAdvanced
LAW10727 -  Marine Animal Protection LawIntermediate
LAW20001 -  Paralegal PlacementIntermediate
LAW30004 -  Comparative Criminal LawAdvanced
LAW72006 -  Climate Law and PolicyIntermediate
LAW72008 -  Indigenous JurisprudenceIntermediate
LAW72011 -  Why the State Needs to Kill: law, violence and the production of political authorityIntermediate
LAW72014 -  Struggles, Movements, and the Idea of CommunismIntermediate
LAW72015 -  Law, Film and IdeologyIntermediate
LAW71006 -  The Rhetoric of LawIntroductory
LAW73004 -  Legal Fictions: Writing the LawAdvanced
LAW72007 -  International Business NegotiationsIntermediate
LAW73051 -  Global Legal PluralismAdvanced Note 1
LAW73049 -  Information EnvironmentalismAdvanced Note 1
LAW72016 -  Crimen Exceptum: The English Witch Prosecution in ContextIntermediate Note 1
LAW72013 -  Wisdom, Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual PropertyIntermediate Note 1
LAW72020 -  The Legalities of Artificial IntelligenceIntermediate Note 1
LAW72021 -  Myths for the Future: Law and Climate Fiction in the 21st CenturyIntermediate
LAWS2027 -  Introduction to Chinese Business LawIntermediate
LAW72018 -  Performances and Power in Literature and the LawIntermediate
LAW72019 -  Justice Framed: Law in Films and in Graphic Novels/ComicsIntermediate
JUST2006 -  Shifting Cultural Paradigms: Law & Literature After PostmodernismIntermediate
JUST2012 -  The Art of Advocacy: Mooting and Performance RhetoricIntermediate


Course progressions

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

TitleLevel of learningNote
Year 1, Session 1
Part-time students should complete the first two units in Year 1, Session 1. The remaining two units should be completed in Year 2, Session 1.
LAW00051 -  Legal Research and WritingIntroductory
LAW10157 -  Australian Legal SystemIntroductory
LAW00050 -  Criminal ProcessIntroductory
LAW00128 -  Interviewing, Negotiation and EthicsIntroductory
Year 1, Session 2
Part-time students should complete the first two units in Year 1, Session 2. The remaining two units should be completed in Year 2, Session 2.
LAW10159 -  Principles of Contract LawIntermediate
LAW00052 -  Introduction to Land LawIntroductory
LAW00053 -  Foundations of TortsIntermediate
LAW00054 -  Family Law PracticeIntermediate
Year 2, Session 1
1st Law Electives Unit or Conveyancing major
2nd Law Electives Unit or Conveyancing major
3rd Law Electives Unit or Conveyancing major
4th Law Electives Unit or Conveyancing major
Year 2, Session 2
5th Law Electives Unit or Conveyancing major
6th Law Electives Unit or Conveyancing major
7th Law Electives Unit or Conveyancing major or University-wide Elective
8th Law Electives Unit or Conveyancing major or University-wide Elective

TitleLevel of learningNote
Year 1, Session 3
LAW00051 -  Legal Research and WritingIntroductory
LAW10157 -  Australian Legal SystemIntroductory
Year 2, Session 1 follow the course progression for Session 1 commencement excluding the completed units.


Notes

Note 1: Unit requires attendance at a compulsory workshop.

Unit groups

Law Electives

TitleLevel of learningNote
ACC00132 -  TaxationAdvanced
ACC00134 -  Advanced TaxationAdvanced
LAW00004 -  Company LawIntermediate
LAW00057 -  Conveyancing LawIntermediate Note 1
LAW00058 -  Litigation PracticeIntermediate
LAW00059 -  Welfare LawIntermediate
LAW00061 -  Drugs, Crime and the LawIntermediate
LAW00062 -  Wills and EstatesIntermediate
LAW00104 -  Employment and Industrial Relations LawAdvanced
LAW00106 -  EEO and OH&S Law and PracticeAdvanced
LAW00107 -  Conveyancers Professional PracticeIntermediate
LAW00108 -  Legal and Conveyancing PracticeIntroductory
LAW00118 -  Environmental LawIntermediate
LAW00119 -  Local Government and Planning LawIntermediate
LAW00120 -  VictimologyIntermediate
LAW00121 -  Intellectual PropertyAdvanced
LAW00124 -  International Business LawIntermediate
LAW00125 -  Information Technology and the LawAdvanced
LAW00126 -  Competition and Consumer LawIntermediate
LAW00214 -  Mediation and Dispute ResolutionIntroductory Note 1
LAW00216 -  Mediation Practice and ProcedureIntermediate Note 1
LAW00514 -  CriminologyIntermediate
LAW00521 -  International LawIntermediate
LAW00522 -  Human RightsAdvanced
LAW00523 -  Commercial LawIntermediate
LAW00525 -  CyberlawIntermediate
LAW00526 -  International Criminal JusticeAdvanced
LAW00529 -  Restorative JusticeIntermediate
LAW01125 -  Stock Exchange and Finance LawIntermediate
LAW10068 -  Law and Government Decision MakingIntermediate
LAW10069 -  Veterans Law IIntermediate
LAW10070 -  Veterans Law IIAdvanced
LAW10158 -  Introduction to Evidence and AdvocacyIntermediate
LAW10160 -  Public Interest AdvocacyAdvanced
LAW10166 -  Entertainment LawAdvanced
LAW10171 -  Mediating Across CulturesIntroductory
LAW10206 -  The Holocaust, Genocide and the LawIntermediate
LAW10288 -  MootingAdvanced
LAW10292 -  Education and the LawIntermediate
LAW10472 -  International Human Rights LawIntermediate
LAW10487 -  Animal LawIntermediate
LAW10489 -  Australian Military and National Security LawIntermediate
LAW10490 -  Trials and WitnessesIntermediate
LAW10491 -  Sexual Orientation and the LawIntermediate
LAW10527 -  Comparative LawAdvanced
LAW10727 -  Marine Animal Protection LawIntermediate
LAW20001 -  Paralegal PlacementIntermediate
LAW30004 -  Comparative Criminal LawAdvanced
LAW72006 -  Climate Law and PolicyIntermediate
LAW72008 -  Indigenous JurisprudenceIntermediate
LAW72011 -  Why the State Needs to Kill: law, violence and the production of political authorityIntermediate
LAW72014 -  Struggles, Movements, and the Idea of CommunismIntermediate
LAW72015 -  Law, Film and IdeologyIntermediate
LAW71006 -  The Rhetoric of LawIntroductory
LAW73004 -  Legal Fictions: Writing the LawAdvanced
LAW72007 -  International Business NegotiationsIntermediate
LAW73051 -  Global Legal PluralismAdvanced Note 1
LAW73049 -  Information EnvironmentalismAdvanced Note 1
LAW72016 -  Crimen Exceptum: The English Witch Prosecution in ContextIntermediate Note 1
LAW72013 -  Wisdom, Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual PropertyIntermediate Note 1
LAW72020 -  The Legalities of Artificial IntelligenceIntermediate Note 1
LAW72021 -  Myths for the Future: Law and Climate Fiction in the 21st CenturyIntermediate
LAWS2027 -  Introduction to Chinese Business LawIntermediate
LAW72018 -  Performances and Power in Literature and the LawIntermediate
LAW72019 -  Justice Framed: Law in Films and in Graphic Novels/ComicsIntermediate
JUST2006 -  Shifting Cultural Paradigms: Law & Literature After PostmodernismIntermediate
JUST2012 -  The Art of Advocacy: Mooting and Performance RhetoricIntermediate

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