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CL95 - Associate Degree of Paralegal Studies


Course Overview

The Associate Degree of Paralegal Studies is designed for three purposes. Students may undertake a short law qualification to make a decision whether to commit to a 3 year Bachelor of Laws, with guaranteed credit transfer. Students undertaking a Bachelor of Laws may use the Associate Degree of Paralegal Studies as an exit award provided they have completed two years of the Bachelor of Laws. The Associate Degree of Paralegal Studies is also a valuable qualification in itself for Legal Studies Secondary School teachers seeing to undertake further study to support their teaching of the Legal Studies Curriculum and for people who want to become paralegals. The Associate Degree of Paralegal Studies covers foundation studies in Introduction to Law, Statutory Interpretation, Criminal Law, Contract and Torts. There is also a choice of seven electives from the remainder of the Bachelor of Laws offerings enabling students to select other aspects of the legal studies curriculum of interest or practical units for paralegals, such as civil procedure, conveyancing, Dispute resolution and legal drafting.

Career Information

The Associate Degree of Paralegal Studies provides a solid foundation in the transactional areas of law, depending on electives choices: family law, property law, contract law, commercial law, criminal law, conveyancing, wills and estates. You will acquire skills in statutory interpretation, legal drafting and research. Law paralegals are employed in both the public and private sectors. For example in law firms, government, legal aid, the financial and corporate sectors, court registries and police. Examples of specific role include: conveyancing clerk,  wills and estate clerk. legal assistant/secretary, deputy registrar, law clerk (debt recovery, property), compliance officers etc.  The units studied in the Associate Degree of Paralegal Studies are fully credited to a law degree should you wish to become a lawyer.

Course Details
Duration 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 96
Number of Units Required CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in undergraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).
Expected Hours of Study One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.
Course Type Undergraduate Award
Qualification (post nominal) ADParalegStud
AQF Level Level 6: Associate Degree

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
Not Applicable
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Entry Scores
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Entry Requirements

Exit award only.

Security Requirements

There are no security requirements.

Health Requirements

There are no health requirements.

Assumed Knowledge


Fees and Charges
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards Not applicable
Professional Accreditation Not applicable
Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

No Residential School for this course.

Practicum/Work Placement

LAWS12074 - CQUni Law Clinic enables students to undertake a placement in a community legal centre, law firm or other organisation engaged in legal work.

Predicted Enrolments

Year Number of Students
First Year 1
Second year 1
Third Year 1
Inherent Requirements
There are currently no inherent requirements associated with this course.
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Intermediate knowledge. Graduates of the Associate Degree of Paralegal Studies will demonstrate an intermediate level of understanding of a coherent body of knowledge that includes: (a) the fundamental areas of legal knowledge (including Criminal Law, Contract, Torts and Statutory Interpretation), the Australian legal system, and underlying principles and concepts, including some depth in specialist legal areas, (b) the contexts within which legal issues arise, and (c) the principles and values of justice and of ethical practice in lawyers’ roles.
  • 2. Ethics and professional responsibility. Graduates of the Associate Degree of Paralegal Studies will demonstrate: (a) an intermediate level of understanding of approaches to ethical decision-making, (b) an intermediate level of ability to recognise and reflect upon, and a basic ability to respond to, ethical issues likely to arise in professional contexts, (c) a basic ability to recognise and reflect upon the professional responsibilities of lawyers in promoting justice and in service to the community, and (d) a basic ability to exercise professional judgement.
  • 3. Thinking skills. Graduates of the Associate Degree of Paralegal Studies will be able to: (a) identify and articulate basic legal issues, (b) apply legal reasoning and research to generate appropriate responses to legal issues, (c) engage in critical analysis and make a reasoned choice amongst alternatives, and (d) think creatively in approaching legal issues and generating reasoned responses.
  • 4. Research skills. Graduates of the Associate Degree of Paralegal Studies will demonstrate intermediate level research skills needed to identify, research, evaluate and articulate potential solutions to legal issues.
  • 5. Communication and collaboration. Graduates of the Associate Degree of Paralegal Studies will be able to communicate and collaborate with both legal and non-legal audiences.
  • 6. Self-management. Graduates of the Associate Degree of Paralegal Studies will be able to learn and work independently and engage in reflective practice.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5 6
1. KNOWLEDGE Have broad theoretical and technical knowledge with some depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to identify, analyse and evaluate information and concepts from a range of sources
3. SKILLS Have cognitive, technical and creative thinking skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge and ideas with some depth in a discipline
4. SKILLS Have cognitive, communication and analytical skills to interpret and transmit responses to sometimes complex problems
5. SKILLS Have communication skills to make a clear and coherent presentation of knowledge and ideas with some intellectual independence
6. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in paraprofessional practice
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to adapt knowledge and skills in a range of contexts and/or for further studies in one or more disciplines
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to adapt fundamental principles, concepts and techniques to known and unknown situations
9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for own learning and work and in collaboration with others within broad parameters
Elective Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
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