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.
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.
|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|
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Exit award only.
There are no security requirements.
There are no health requirements.
|Interim Awards||Not applicable|
|Exit Awards||Not applicable|
|Professional Accreditation||Not applicable|
|Learned Society Accreditation||Not applicable|
No Residential School for this course.
|LAWS12074 - CQUni Law Clinic enables students to undertake a placement in a community legal centre, law firm or other organisation engaged in legal work.|
|Year||Number of Students|
|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|
|Number of units: 8||Total credit points: 48|
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|LAWS11057||Introduction to Law|
|LAWS12078||Equity and Trusts|
|Number of units: 8||Total credit points: 48|
Choose any eight additional units from CG98 Bachelor of Laws first or second year units provided prerequisites are met.
|Students may choose to do any of the following:|
|LAWS11070||Australian First Nations Peoples and Law|
|LAWS11068||Resolving Civil Disputes (ADR)|
|LAWS12065||Foundations of Property Law|
|LAWS12068||Innovation and Intellectual Property Law|
|LAWS12070||Public International and Human Rights Law|
|LAWS12071||Australian Employment Law|
|LAWS12074||CQUni Law Clinic|
|LAWS12076||Law of Startups|