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Course snapshot

Domestic snapshot

  • Start Date

    March, July

  • Duration

    1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Online

  • Placement

    Yes  Learn more

  • Course abbreviation

    DipConv(Law&Practice)

  • Course code

    2125600

  • Credit points

    96

  • Equivalent units

    8

  • Scholarships

  • Indicative fee

Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

International snapshot

  • Start Date

  • Duration

    1 year full-time

  • Location

  • Placement

    Yes  Learn more

Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

Overview

The Diploma of Conveyancing (Law and Practice) is a fantastic opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills needed for a career as a paralegal or conveyancer. It also offers a solid foundation in legal principles and the academic skills needed to pursue further legal studies.

Students gain foundational knowledge about conveyancing law and practice in the Australian legal system and develop skills in legal research and writing, and an understanding of key legal principles.

Graduates are ideally suited for work in conveyancing and law firms which employ licenced conveyancers.

Graduates may also use the Diploma as an entry pathway to degrees such as the Associate Degree of Law (Paralegal Studies), the Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies, and subsequently the Bachelor of Laws at Southern Cross University.

Smiling law graduate, Sarah Ashley sitting at the Gold Coast campus

“I chose Southern Cross because I wanted somewhere where the lecturers knew me by name and provided one-on-one assistance. The course was definitely challenging but I learned so much and the staff were always so willing to help.”

The Southern Cross Model is a game-changer in higher education study.

Our students now engage in shorter, six-week unit structures designed around immersive and interactive learning experiences. The shorter unit structure gives students a greater sense of momentum as they achieve milestones quickly, resulting in increased student success rates, and course and teacher satisfaction. Lectures are a thing of the past - students will be engaged in active, interactive and discussion-based learning.

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes.

Our online study option is highly interactive and may include a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes.

The method of teaching and assessment may vary from unit to unit.

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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 (GA).

Course Learning Outcome

GA1: Intellectual rigour

Demonstrate the ability to apply broad knowledge of legal principles and concepts and apply legal reasoning to generate responses to issues and challenges in paralegal and the conveyancing professional contexts.

GA2: Creativity

Reflect on responses to ethical issues in conveyancing contexts, sustainable practices and the professional responsibilities of conveyancers.

GA3: Ethical practice

Reflect on responses to ethical issues in conveyancing contexts, sustainable practices and the professional responsibilities of conveyancers.

GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate the ability to apply broad knowledge of legal principles and concepts and apply legal reasoning to generate responses to issues and challenges in paralegal and the conveyancing professional contexts.

GA5: Lifelong learning

Develop interpersonal, reflective and self-management skills to work independently and as part of teams and effective communications for legal and non-legal audiences.

GA6: Communication and social skills

Develop interpersonal, reflective and self-management skills to work independently and as part of teams and effective communications for legal and non-legal audiences.

GA7: Cultural competence

Reflect on responses to ethical issues in conveyancing contexts, sustainable practices and the professional responsibilities of conveyancers.

Students can do an optional placement unit as part of their studies (LAWS2004 Paralegal Placement). In this unit, students undertake a 10-day placement in an approved law-related environment. Through experiential learning, students gain insights and practical skills relevant to the role of a paralegal in the practice of law, better preparing them for their transition to working in a law-related environment.

Location Teaching period
Gold CoastTerm  1, Term  3
OnlineTerm  1, Term  3

Career Outcomes

Graduates are ideally suited for work in conveyancing and law firms which employ licenced conveyancers.

Graduates can also use the Diploma as an entry pathway to other degrees, such as the Associate Degree of Laws, the Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies, and the Bachelor of Laws at Southern Cross University.

The Diploma of Conveyancing (Law and Practice) conducted by Southern Cross University is an approved educational qualification as provided for in Schedule 1 of the Conveyancers Licensing (Qualifications) Order 2006. For licensing requirements, and details of mandatory additional work experience required to enable registration, enquiries should be made to NSW Fair Trading.

Requirements

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you are not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Before applying, make sure you double check all entry requirements, gather required documentation and review the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, noting any specifics listed below.

Entry requirements

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
Overall5.5
Writingminimum 5.5
Readingminimum 5.0
Speakingminimum 5.0
Listeningminimum 5.0

Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Diploma of Conveyancing (Law and Practice), students must complete the equivalent of 8 units (96 credit points) comprising:

  • 7 core units (84 credit points)
  • 1 option unit (12 credit points)

Other things to consider

The Early Offer program allows Year 12 students to secure a place in a Southern Cross University undergraduate degree before Year 12 results are released. It’s designed to remove some of the pressure from Year 12 and provide a pathway directly into university study that is not based solely on Year 12 results.

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There are different pathways into an undergraduate degree.

Whether you are returning to study after some time or you have just finished school and you need some extra academic preparation before embarking on a degree, Southern Cross University offers two excellent, fee-free academic preparation programs that develop the skills you need to be successful at university.

SCU College also offers a range of one-year Diplomas that provide extra academic support as you commence university. Diplomas are a great pathway to a degree and may also prepare you for diverse paraprofessional roles.

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Credit for Prior Learning, also referred to as ‘Advanced Standing’ or Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL), is the process of looking at your prior study and/or experience to assess if you can be awarded academic credit or gain entry to a course on the basis of your existing knowledge and skills.

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Course structure

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. For further assistance see How to Enrol in Units using My Enrolment.

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

Current Students should select their units by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment as these may be different.

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Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableCredit pointsNotes
LEGL1001Legal Research and Writing
Term1,3,5
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1,3
Term1,3
Online
Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5
LEGL1004Australian Legal System
Term1,3,5
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1,3
Term1,3
Online
Term1,3,5
N/A
Anti-requisitesNot available for students admitted to an LLB course.
LEGL2008Conveyancing Law
Term2
12
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
LEGL2001Introduction to Land Law
Term3
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term3
N/A
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.
LEGL2005Legal and Conveyancing Practice
Term1,3
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term1,3
N/A
Pre-requisitesMust have completed LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1004 - Australian Legal System
Anti-requisitesNot available for students admitted to an LLB course.
LEGL2004Conveyancers Professional Practice
Term4
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
Pre-requisitesMust have completed LEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1004 - Australian Legal System
Anti-requisitesNot available for students admitted to an LLB course.
Option Units
Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
LAWS2018Wills and Estates
LAWS2022Competition and Consumer Law
LEGL2007Principles of Contract Law
LAWS2004Paralegal Placement
LAWS2014Local Government and Planning Law
Term1,5
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term5
Term5
Online
Term1,5
Term1,5
Pre-requisitesLEGL1001 - Legal Research and Writing AND LEGL1005 - Legal Process OR LEGL1004 - Australian Legal System


Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes

Core Units

LEGL1001Legal Research and Writing
LEGL1004Australian Legal System
LEGL2005Legal and Conveyancing Practice
LEGL2008Conveyancing Law
LEGL2004Conveyancers Professional Practice
LAWS2014Local Government and Planning Law
LEGL2001Introduction to Land Law

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
Select one (1) unit from the following list:
LAWS2018Wills and Estates
LAWS2022Competition and Consumer Law
LEGL2007Principles of Contract Law
LAWS2004Paralegal Placement

Why Law at SCU

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Postgraduate experience

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Entry pathways

Entry pathways available into Bachelor of Laws from the Associate Degree in Law

(Paralegal Studies)

Fees and Scholarships

Domestic students

You are a domestic student if you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, New Zealand citizen, or Australian humanitarian visa holder. Your course will either be a Commonwealth Supported Place or a full fee-paying place. This is noted in the course snapshot.

Commonwealth Supported Places:

In a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), the Government pays some of your fees and you pay the rest as the Student Contribution Amount (SCA).

SCA is calculated per unit, not per course. Eligible students can defer the SCA through a HECS-HELP loan.

Full Fee-Paying Places:

A full fee-paying place is where you pay the full (unsubsidised) tuition fee for your course. Eligible students can defer the payment of their tuition fees through the FEE-HELP scheme (including employer-reserved places for The Hotel School courses).

Also known as SSAF, the Student Services and Amenities Fee is a compulsory fee for most students used to provide important services and amenities to students both on and off campus. It’s charged per unit, based on the unit’s credit point value. Eligible domestic students have the option of deferring this fee through the SA-HELP loan scheme. More about SSAF

Depending on your course, your costs could also include computer equipment and software, books, stationery, field trips, uniforms or other course-specific expenses such as art materials, musical equipment or travel for practicums, internships, vaccinations or industry experience.

Southern Cross University offers a range of scholarships for undergraduate (your first degree), postgraduate, Indigenous Australian students as well as international students. There are also scholarships available to help you study overseas for a short period as an international exchange student. Scholarships range from a few hundred dollars a year to several thousand dollars a year.

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Further fee information

Fees and Scholarships

International Students

If you're an international student, you can find the annual course cost in Australian dollars (AUD$) on our International Courses and Fees page or on the web page for your course under fees.

Also known as SSAF, the Student Services and Amenities Fee is a compulsory fee for most students used to provide important services and amenities to students both on and off campus. It’s charged per unit, based on the unit’s credit point value. Eligible domestic students have the option of deferring this fee through the SA-HELP loan scheme. More about SSAF

Depending on your course, your costs could also include computer equipment and software, books, stationery, field trips, uniforms or other course-specific expenses such as art materials, musical equipment or travel for practicums, internships, vaccinations or industry experience.

Southern Cross University offers a range of scholarships for undergraduate (your first degree), postgraduate, Indigenous Australian students as well as international students. There are also scholarships available to help you study overseas for a short period as an international exchange student. Scholarships range from a few hundred dollars a year to several thousand dollars a year.

More about scholarships

Further fee information

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Our shorter, more focused six-week unit structure gives students a greater sense of momentum and motivation as they achieve milestones quickly. Application dates per Term are shown on each course page however refer to our key dates and teaching calendar for detail on when enrolment opens, studies commence and when grades are published. There are also Dual Term and Tri Term calendars for those who have specific subjects.

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