Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies - SCG001
|Location:||UC - Canberra, Bruce|
|Faculty:||Faculty of Business, Government & Law|
|Discipline(s):||Canberra Law School|
|English Language Requirements:||
There are non-standard English language requirements for this course. To be eligible you must have an overall IELTS Academic score (or equivalent) of 6.5, a score of not less than 6.5 in writing, and no band score below 6.0. For alternate/equivalent ways of meeting the English requirements for this course please view the English Proficiency Requirements document on the university website.
The Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies (GDLS) is a post-graduate law program designed for those who have already completed or are close to completing a bachelor's degree in another discipline. It will allow professionals who have already completed a degree in another discipline to try post-graduate legal studies and will allow them to transition into the Juris Doctor (JD). It will also allow UC undergraduate students who are completing a degree in another discipline to begin adding post-graduate level law units towards the end of their studies, operating as a vertical pathway into the JD. The JD is a master's level law degree which has professional accreditation with the Supreme Court of the ACT and the State of New South Wales.
Students graduating from a GDLS will be able to demonstrate foundational legal knowledge and skills at post-graduate level, enhancing their employment opportunities. The units in the GDLS are also introductory, foundational units in the JD. With an emphasis on practical legal problem-solving, the JD units are designed to ground legal education in the broader social and economic context and support students' development as socially responsible and ethical professionals. With small class sizes and highly qualified and experienced staff, students will be encouraged to develop their advocacy abilities and legal skills, while understanding their connections to the theory and history of law. Students who transition to a JD will apply their talents in the real world, with opportunities to complete a law internship and/or international study through linkages with law firms, government and non-government agencies and overseas universities.
- Prospective Domestic Students
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
- Prospective International Students
- Email email@example.com or Phone +61 2 6201 5342
- Current and Commencing Students
- In person, Student Centre Building 1 (take a BGL Faculty course advice ticket) or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
An undergraduate degree in any discipline, with a GPA of at least 5/7.
Periods Course is Open to New Admissions
|2020||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1
|2021||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1
|2022||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1
|2023||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1
Information on admission closing dates can be found here.
Notes for International Applicants
This course is only available for part-time enrolment and therefore not open for international applicants.
- Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies (24 credit points)
Required - Must pass 24 credit points as follows
- 11431 - Foundations of Law and Justice G - 6 cp, Level G
- 11432 - Dispute Management G - 3 cp, Level G
- 11433 - Lawyers and Professional Responsibility G - 3 cp, Level G
- 11434 - Contract Law G - 3 cp, Level G
- 11435 - Torts Law G - 3 cp, Level G
- 11436 - Criminal Law and Procedure G - 3 cp, Level G
- 11437 - Constitutional Law PG - 3 cp, Level P
|Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies||GradDip LegSt|
Unit Delivery Modes
The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:
|On Campus:||The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face, supplemented with online content. Most classes are run on weekdays and during business hours.|
To find out more about delivery modes that are available for units in this course please visit
Information for Fee Paying Students
The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.
|Course Objectives||Graduate Qualities|
|Graduates will have an advanced theoretical and technical knowledge of the discipline of law in specific legal areas.||UC graduates are professional: employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills; and use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems.
UC graduate are global citizens: adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries.
|Graduates will demonstrate cognitive and creative skills to select or generate and apply responses to legal issues.||UC graduates are professional: employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills; use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems; and work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict.
UC graduate are global citizens: think globally about issues in their profession; and adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries.
UC graduates are lifelong learners: adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas.
|Graduates will have communication and technical legal research skills to evaluate and transmit information and solutions to complex legal problems to others.||UC graduates are professional: employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills; communicate effectively; use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems; and take pride in their professional and personal integrity.
UC graduate are global citizens: communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings; and make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives.
UC graduates are lifelong learners: evaluate and adopt new technology.
|Graduates will be able to apply their legal knowledge and skills to work with accountability, autonomy and professionalism.||UC graduates are professional: employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills; work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict; and display initiative and drive, and use their organisational skills to plan and manage their workload.
UC graduate are global citizens: adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries; make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives; and behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives.
UC graduates are lifelong learners: reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development; be self-aware; adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas; and evaluate and adopt new technology.
Standard 1.5 years part time. Maximum 4 years.
|Year||CSP Places Available||Eligible for Student
Income Support (Centrelink)
- 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Mixed Mode
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