Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies)

2022 course information for Domestic Students
2022 course information for International Students

updated 6:02 AM on Fri, 15 October

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

IELTS
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ATAR
55
Duration
2 years full-time; 4 years part-time
2 years full-time
Location
Gold Coast, Online
Gold Coast
Start date
March, July, October
February, June
Course code
2206351
Course abbreviation
AssocDegLaw (Paralegal)
Credit points
192
Equivalent units
16
CRICOS
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Fees
Commonwealth supported
Fees
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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

LocationTeaching period
Gold CoastTerm  1, Term  3
OnlineTerm  1, Term  3, Term  5

International students

LocationTeaching periodAnnual FeesCRICOS
Gold CoastTerm  1, Term  3$28,000 ($3,500 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.

Australian/Domestic students

STAR Early Offer

If you're a current Year 12 student you can register for our STAR Early Offer program and may be eligible to receive an early offer based on your School Principal's recommendation. STAR Early Offers must be undertaken in Session 1.

Apply for your STAR Early Offer

International students studying in Australia

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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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Domestic future
students

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International future
students

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Current
students

Email: enquiry@scu.edu.au
Call 1800 005 687 during business hours.


Course requirements

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


Course structure


Schedule of units

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes

Core Units

LEGL1004Australian Legal System
LAWS2055Criminal Process
LEGL1002Interviewing, Negotiation and Ethics
LEGL1001Legal Research and Writing
LEGL2007Principles of Contract Law
LEGL2001Introduction to Land Law
LAWS2056Family Law Practice
LEGL2002Foundations of Torts

Electives

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
ACCT2001Taxation
ACCT3001Advanced Taxation
LAWS2001Company Law
LEGL2008Conveyancing Law Note 1
LAWS2057Welfare Law
LAWS2060Drugs, Crime and the Law
LAWS2018Wills and Estates
LAWS2019Employment and Industrial Relations Law
JUST2005EEO and OH&S Law and Practice
LEGL2004Conveyancers Professional Practice
LEGL2005Legal and Conveyancing Practice
LAWS2010Environmental Law
LAWS2014Local Government and Planning Law
JUST2001Victimology
LAWS2020Intellectual Property
LAWS2021International Business Law
LEGL2010Information Technology and the Law
LAWS2022Competition and Consumer Law
LEGL2011Mediation and Dispute Resolution Note 1
LEGL2012Mediation Practice and Procedure Note 1
LAWS2054Criminology
LAWS2023International Law
JUST2004Human Rights
LAWS2024Commercial Law
JUST2002International Criminal Justice
JUST2003Restorative Justice
LAWS2025Stock Exchange and Finance Law
LEGL2013Law and Government Decision Making
LEGL2006Introduction to Evidence and Advocacy
LEGL2017Public Interest Advocacy
LAWS2026Entertainment Law
LEGL2018Mediating Across Cultures
LEGL2009Mooting
LAWS2059International Human Rights Law
LAWS2028Animal Law
LAWS2031Sexual Orientation and the Law
LAWS2032Comparative Law
LAWS2004Paralegal Placement
LAWS2066Climate Law and Policy
LAWS2037Indigenous Jurisprudence
POLT2005Struggles, Movements, and the Idea of Communism
LAWS2034The Rhetoric of Law
LAWS2041Legal Fictions: Writing the Law
LAWS2035International Business Negotiations
LAWS2042Information Environmentalism Note 1
LAWS2044Crimen Exceptum: The English Witch Prosecution in Context Note 1
LAWS2049Wisdom, Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Property Note 1
JUST2009The Legalities of Artificial Intelligence Note 1
JUST2010Myths for the Future: Law and Climate Fiction in the 21st Century
LAWS2027Introduction to Chinese Business Law
JUST2007Performances and Power in Literature and the Law
JUST2008Justice Framed: Law in Films and in Graphic Novels/Comics
JUST2006Shifting Cultural Paradigms: Law & Literature After Postmodernism
JUST2012The Art of Advocacy: Mooting and Performance Rhetoric
LAWS2067Crossing the Line: Law and Morality in Fiction
LAWS2068Borders and Boundaries: Writing About Family in the 21st century
LAWS3005European Union: Internal Market
LAWS2069Troubling Transactions in Private Law

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
LEGL2005Legal and Conveyancing Practice
LEGL2008Conveyancing Law Note 1
LAWS2018Wills and Estates
LEGL2004Conveyancers Professional Practice
LAWS2024Commercial Law
LAWS2001Company Law
LAWS2014Local Government and Planning Law
LAWS2022Competition and Consumer Law


Course progressions

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

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes

Complete the following units to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

First Year

LEGL1001Legal Research and Writing
Term1,3,4,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1,3,4
Term1,3,4
Online
Term1,3,4,5
Term1,3,4,5
LEGL1004Australian Legal System
Term1,3,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1,3
Term1,3
Online
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
Anti-requisitesNot available for students admitted to an LLB course.
LAWS2055Criminal Process
Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
Term2
Pre-requisitesMust have completed or be currently enrolled in LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing OR LEGL1004 - Australian Legal System
Anti-requisitesNot available for students admitted to an LLB course.
LEGL1002Interviewing, Negotiation and Ethics
Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
Term2
Anti-requisitesNot available for students admitted to an LLB course.
Enrolment informationIt is preferable to have completed or be currently enrolled in LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1004 - Australian Legal System.
LEGL2007Principles of Contract Law
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
Term3
Pre-requisitesMust have completed or be currently enrolled in LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1004 - Australian Legal System
Anti-requisitesNot available for students admitted to an LLB course.
LAWS2056Family Law Practice
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
Term4
Enrolment informationIt is an advantage to have completed study in the Australian legal system.
LEGL2001Introduction to Land Law
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
Term4
Pre-requisitesMust have completed or be currently enrolled in LAW00051 Legal Research and Writing AND LAW10157 Australian Legal System
Anti-requisitesNot available for students admitted to an LLB course.
LEGL2002Foundations of Torts
Term5
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term5
Term5
Online
Term5
Term5
Pre-requisitesMust have completed or be currently enrolled in LAW00051 Legal Research and Writing AND LAW10157 Australian Legal System
Anti-requisitesNot available for students admitted to an LLB course.

Second Year

Law Elective
Law Elective
Law Elective
Law Elective
Law Elective
Law Elective
Law Elective OR University-wide Elective
Law Elective OR University-wide Elective

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes

Complete the following units to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

First Year

LEGL1001Legal Research and Writing
Term1,3,4,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1,3,4
Term1,3,4
Online
Term1,3,4,5
Term1,3,4,5
LEGL1004Australian Legal System
Term1,3,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1,3
Term1,3
Online
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
Anti-requisitesNot available for students admitted to an LLB course.
LAWS2055Criminal Process
Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
Term2
Pre-requisitesMust have completed or be currently enrolled in LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing OR LEGL1004 - Australian Legal System
Anti-requisitesNot available for students admitted to an LLB course.
LEGL1002Interviewing, Negotiation and Ethics
Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
Term2
Anti-requisitesNot available for students admitted to an LLB course.
Enrolment informationIt is preferable to have completed or be currently enrolled in LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1004 - Australian Legal System.
LEGL2007Principles of Contract Law
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
Term3
Pre-requisitesMust have completed or be currently enrolled in LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1004 - Australian Legal System
Anti-requisitesNot available for students admitted to an LLB course.
LAWS2056Family Law Practice
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
Term4
Enrolment informationIt is an advantage to have completed study in the Australian legal system.
LEGL2001Introduction to Land Law
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
Term4
Pre-requisitesMust have completed or be currently enrolled in LAW00051 Legal Research and Writing AND LAW10157 Australian Legal System
Anti-requisitesNot available for students admitted to an LLB course.
LEGL2002Foundations of Torts
Term5
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term5
Term5
Online
Term5
Term5
Pre-requisitesMust have completed or be currently enrolled in LAW00051 Legal Research and Writing AND LAW10157 Australian Legal System
Anti-requisitesNot available for students admitted to an LLB course.

Second Year

LAWS2024Commercial Law
Term1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
Term1
Enrolment informationIt is preferable to have completed the following units: LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1005 - Legal Process OR LEGL1004 - Australian Legal System
LAWS2022Competition and Consumer Law
Term1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
MelbourneN/A
Term1
Online
Term1
Term1
PerthN/A
Term1
SydneyN/A
Term1
Enrolment informationIt is preferable to have completed the following units: LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1005 - Legal Process OR LEGL1004 - Australian Legal System OR LEGL1003 - Introduction to Business Law.
LEGL2008Conveyancing Law
Term2
Note 1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
Term2
Pre-requisitesMust have completed LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1004 - Australian Legal System OR LEGL1005 - Legal Process
Enrolment informationThis unit requires compulsory attendance at a one-day online workshop. Students who can demonstrate significant experience in conveyancing (at least 2 years) may seek an exemption from the compulsory attendance requirement. Course Co-ordinator approval is required to enrol in this unit beyond Session commencement. Prior knowledge of property law is an advantage.
LAWS2014Local Government and Planning Law
Term3,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3,5
Term3,5
Enrolment informationIt is preferable to have completed the following units: LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1005 - Legal Process OR LEGL1004 - Australian Legal System.
LEGL2005Legal and Conveyancing Practice
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
Term3
Pre-requisitesMust have completed LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1004 - Australian Legal System
Anti-requisitesNot available for students admitted to an LLB course.
LAWS2001Company Law
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
MelbourneN/A
Term4
Online
Term4
Term4
PerthN/A
Term4
SydneyN/A
Term4
Pre-requisitesMust have completed or be currently enrolled in LAW00131 Business Law OR LAW00150 Introduction to Business Law OR LAW10159 Principles of Contract Law
Anti-requisitesNot available for students admitted to an LLB course.
LEGL2004Conveyancers Professional Practice
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term4
Term4
LAWS2018Wills and Estates

Not currently available

Pre-requisitesMust have completed LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1004 - Australian Legal System OR LEGL1005 - Legal Process


Notes

Note 1: Unit requires attendance at a compulsory workshop.

Unit groups

Law Elective

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
ACCT2001Taxation
ACCT3001Advanced Taxation
LAWS2001Company Law
LEGL2008Conveyancing Law Note 1
LAWS2057Welfare Law
LAWS2060Drugs, Crime and the Law
LAWS2018Wills and Estates
LAWS2019Employment and Industrial Relations Law
JUST2005EEO and OH&S Law and Practice
LEGL2004Conveyancers Professional Practice
LEGL2005Legal and Conveyancing Practice
LAWS2010Environmental Law
LAWS2014Local Government and Planning Law
JUST2001Victimology
LAWS2020Intellectual Property
LAWS2021International Business Law
LEGL2010Information Technology and the Law
LAWS2022Competition and Consumer Law
LEGL2011Mediation and Dispute Resolution Note 1
LEGL2012Mediation Practice and Procedure Note 1
LAWS2054Criminology
LAWS2023International Law
JUST2004Human Rights
LAWS2024Commercial Law
JUST2002International Criminal Justice
JUST2003Restorative Justice
LAWS2025Stock Exchange and Finance Law
LEGL2013Law and Government Decision Making
LEGL2006Introduction to Evidence and Advocacy
LEGL2017Public Interest Advocacy
LAWS2026Entertainment Law
LEGL2018Mediating Across Cultures
LEGL2009Mooting
LAWS2059International Human Rights Law
LAWS2028Animal Law
LAWS2031Sexual Orientation and the Law
LAWS2032Comparative Law
LAWS2004Paralegal Placement
LAWS2066Climate Law and Policy
LAWS2037Indigenous Jurisprudence
POLT2005Struggles, Movements, and the Idea of Communism
LAWS2034The Rhetoric of Law
LAWS2041Legal Fictions: Writing the Law
LAWS2035International Business Negotiations
LAWS2042Information Environmentalism Note 1
LAWS2044Crimen Exceptum: The English Witch Prosecution in Context Note 1
LAWS2049Wisdom, Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Property Note 1
JUST2009The Legalities of Artificial Intelligence Note 1
JUST2010Myths for the Future: Law and Climate Fiction in the 21st Century
LAWS2027Introduction to Chinese Business Law
JUST2007Performances and Power in Literature and the Law
JUST2008Justice Framed: Law in Films and in Graphic Novels/Comics
JUST2006Shifting Cultural Paradigms: Law & Literature After Postmodernism
JUST2012The Art of Advocacy: Mooting and Performance Rhetoric
LAWS2067Crossing the Line: Law and Morality in Fiction
LAWS2068Borders and Boundaries: Writing About Family in the 21st century
LAWS3005European Union: Internal Market
LAWS2069Troubling Transactions in Private Law

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