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Course: Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies (018AA)

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Award: Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies
Course Level: 06
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
University Admissions Centre (UAC) Course Code: 880135
CRICOS Code: 003215E
Offered Locations and Delivery Modes:

  • UC Bruce Campus
    • Full Time, Face-to-Face -
    • Part Time, Face-to-Face -


The Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies provides a qualification for professionals who do not practise law but require legal knowledge and skills. On this basis, it is designed to provide a thorough grounding in law to students who already hold a degree or equivalent qualification in a discipline other than law. The course aims to develop in graduate students an awareness of the nature and operation of the law and the legal system, and to provide those employed in those sectors with a working understanding of areas of law of particular vocational relevance and interest. The course also articulates with the Masters Degree in Juris Doctor (852AA), provided that appropriate units are chosen and the admission requirements for that course are met.

Course Requirements

24 credit points restricted choice as set out below:

(a) Either uu006777 and 6778 Legal Methods and Skills G
Or 6637 Law and Society G and another unit approved by the course convener.

18 credit points from any other law units at G or PG level.

For a list of current law unit offerings, please refer to the Law Faculty website <>.

Note: Some students undertake Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies as a pathway for entry into the Masters Degree in Juris Doctor [JD](852AA). These students should ensure that they enrol in the Priestley 11 Units at G or PG level to facilitate any transition into the JD degree.

Course Duration

2 semesters full-time: 4 semesters part-time; maximum: 8 semesters.

Admission Requirements

Bachelor degree or equivalent from a recognised Australian tertiary institution. Students who hold a degree from a foreign tertiary institution may also be permitted to undertake this course.

Approved Credit arrangements.

Credit of up to 12 credit points may be granted on the basis of an incomplete or complete postgraduate course in accordance with the Credit Policy.

Subsumable awards

The Graduate Certificate in Legal Studies course is subsumable within the Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies and the Master of Legal Studies. Depending on the units taken, it may also be subsumable within the Juris Doctor.

Course Enquiries

For further information please contact the Faculty of Law.

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