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CL96 - Diploma of Legal Studies


Course Overview

Students undertaking a Bachelor of Laws may use the Diploma of Legal Studies as an exit award provided they have completed one year of the Bachelor of Laws. The Diploma of Legal Studies covers foundation studies in Introduction to Law, Statutory Interpretation, Criminal Law, Contract and Torts. There is also a choice of three electives from the remainder of the Bachelor of Laws offerings enabling students to select other aspects of the legal studies curriculum of interest.

Career Information

The Diploma of Legal Studies is the equivalent of the first year of a law degree. The Diploma enhances the qualifications and experience of secondary school legal studies teachers and also assists paralegal staff in understanding the legal issues with which they assist. The diploma would also be useful for any occupation in which a basic understanding of the law is required, for example business staff involved with contacts, sales, consumer interface, and anyone needing to recognise and avoid legal issues. This would include, business administration, legal administration, federal, state or local government administration.

Course Details
Duration 1 years full-time or 2 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 48
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) DipLegStud
AQF Level Level 5: Diploma

Admission Codes

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

Not applicable

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. Foundation knowledge. Graduates of the Diploma of Legal Studies will demonstrate a basic 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, (b) the basic contexts within which legal issues arise, and (c) the basic principles and values of justice and ethics.
  • 2. Ethics and professional responsibility. Graduates of the Diploma of Legal Studies will demonstrate: (a) a basic understanding of approaches to ethical decision-making, (b) a basic ability to recognise ethical issues likely to arise in professional contexts, and (c) a basic understanding of professional responsibilities of lawyers in promoting justice and in service to the community.
  • 3. Thinking skills. Graduates of the Diploma of Legal Studies will be able to: (a) identify basic legal issues, (b) apply legal reasoning to generate responses to legal issues, (c) engage in basic critical legal analysis , and (d) think creatively in approaching legal issues.
  • 4. Research skills. Graduates of the Diploma of Legal Studies will demonstrate basic legal research skills.
  • 5. Communication and collaboration. Graduates of the Diploma of Legal Studies will be able to engage in basic communication and collaboration with legal audiences.
  • 6. Self-management. Graduates of the Diploma of Legal Studies will be able to learn and work independently.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5 6
1. KNOWLEDGE Have technical and theoretical knowledge and concepts, with depth in some areas within a field of work and learning
2. SKILLS Have cognitive and communication skills to identify, analyse, synthesise and act on information from a range of sources
3. SKILLS Have cognitive, technical and communication skills to analyse, plan, design and evaluate approaches to unpredictable problems and/or management requirements
4. SKILLS Have specialist technical and creative skills to express ideas and perspectives
5. SKILLS Have communication skills to transfer knowledge and specialised skills to others and demonstrate understanding of knowledge
6. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate application with depth in some areas of specialisation, in known or changing contexts
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to transfer and apply theoretical concepts and/or technical and/or creative skills in a range of situations
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate personal responsibility and autonomy in performing complex technical operations with responsibility for own outputs in relation to broad parameters for quantity and quality
9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement to organise the work of self and others and plan, coordinate and evaluate the work of teams within broad but generally well- defined parameters
10. FOUNDATIONAL KNOWLEDGE sufficient to undertake qualifications
11. ACQUISITION AND APPLICATION of knowledge in new or existing disciplines or professional areas drawn from higher education units
12. FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS sufficient to undertake qualifications
13. ACQUISITION AND APPLICATION of skills in new or existing disciplines or professional areas drawn from higher education units
14. Course content drawn from higher education units
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