The Diploma of Australian Law is a one-year full-time or two-year part-time undergraduate course and is designed exclusively for both overseas qualified lawyers and law students enrolled in an overseas law degree. The course enables students to package the units they are required to study to gain admission as a lawyer in Australia and complete those units online in any location in a flexible manner. Students must therefore gain an assessment from one of the Australian admitting authorities prior to enrolment in this course to be able to identify which of the prescribed areas of knowledge (known as the 'Priestley 11') they must undertake to be able to cross-qualify as a lawyer in Australia and ensure they undertake the relevant units from the list of core and elective units provided in this course.
During your studies, you will have the opportunity to learn about legal procedures, key legislation and the common law in the areas of knowledge required for admission (knowns as the 'Priestley 11') as well as other law units that may further advance your knowledge and understanding, interpretation and application of the law in Australia. Legal skills and ethical requirements also feature throughout the course to ensure you are equipped for legal practice in Australia. Provided that you undertake the units you have been directed to undertake by the relevant Australian admitting authority, completion of this course will ensure that you satisfy the knowledge areas required for admission as a lawyer in Australia.
If you have graduated with a Bachelor of Laws outside Australia or you are currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Laws overseas and you wish to cross-qualify as a lawyer in Australia, this course is designed to facilitate this process. This course offers all of the 11 areas of knowledge required for admission as a lawyer in Australia (known as the 'Priestley 11') in a format that enables you to select the areas of knowledge that the relevant admissions body has directed you to undertake in order to meet their admission requirements, while also enabling you to gain credit for this study in the form of an undergraduate diploma. Potential fields of employment include solicitor, barrister, government legal officer, judicial officer, in-house counsel, diplomat, and politician.
|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)||DipAustralian Law|
|AQF Level||Level 5: Diploma|
Indicative Year - 2023
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
To be eligible for entry into this course, students must meet one of the following requirements:
English Language Proficiency Requirements:
If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.
Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:
completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.
If you do not satisfy any of the above, you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores as below:
English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study and must appear on a single result certificate.
Each student will be assessed individually.
There are no prior study recommendations. This course is only available to Law graduates or students enrolled in a Bachelor of Laws in another country.
|Interim Awards||Not applicable|
|Exit Awards||Not applicable|
No Residential School for this course.
|Year||Number of Students|
|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|
|KNOWLEDGE Develop an understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and culture in contemporary and historical context using the respectful and appropriate protocols and terminology|
|Number of units: 4||Total credit points: 24|
You must complete the four core units listed below.
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|LAWS12078||Equity and Trusts|
|Number of units: 4||Total credit points: 24|
You must select four units from the list. Select the units that align with the Priestley areas of knowledge that the relevant admission body has stated you are required to complete for admission as a lawyer.
|Students may choose to do any of the following:|
|LAWS12065||Foundations of Property Law|
|LAWS13010||Evidence and Proof|
|LAWS13013||Legal Professional Conduct|
International legal practitioners seeking admission as an Australian Lawyer, should first apply to the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board https://www.qls.com.au/Legal-Practitioners-Admissions-Board in Queensland for an assessment of their qualifications. The Board will provide a letter specifying which Priestley 11 knowledge areas are required to be completed. In applying for the Diploma of Australian Law, credit will be given for those Priestley 11 knowledge areas the Board acknowledges have been achieved, with the remaining knowledge areas to be completed making up the structure of Diploma of Australian Law to be undertaken by the student. Admission in Queensland entitles an individual to apply for a practising certificate in any other Australian state or territory.
As a student, it is necessary to have access to a computer or equivalent device in order to complete your coursework. You should have a good understanding of technology and the ability to navigate the online environment, which may involve completing online assessments, participating in online forums, and responding to emails. There may be instances where you need to use a computer or equivalent device for in-class tasks or assessments. It is important that you have dependable access to the internet and a computer or equivalent device capable of video conferencing for online classes. Make sure to review your unit profiles to learn about any specific technology requirements for your coursework.