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Law (Paralegal Studies), Associate Degree

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #601 (WUR) Lismore, Australia | Gold Coast, Australia| Online
Open the door to your legal career with this Law (Paralegal Studies) two-year degree, offered at Southern Cross University, which not only provides a professional qualification as a paralegal or in conveyancing, but also an admission pathway to becoming a lawyer.
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Overview

The Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) offered at Southern Cross University explores the Australian legal system and its processes. The course will introduce you to legal research and writing and also equip you with foundational principles in key areas of the law, combining intellectual rigour with practical legal skills.

This Law (Paralegal Studies) degree offers a fantastic opportunity to gain a qualification and start working in the legal profession quickly. Graduates will be able to work in a range of professional fields, and eligible students may also choose to continue their studies to become a lawyer.

Career

In legal offices in most areas of paralegal practice, with solicitors and barristers, government legal departments, law enforcement agencies, legal aid offices, court administration, public prosecutions, and in the corporate sector in finance, banking, insurance and conveyancing.

Paralegals perform substantive legal work in legal practices, banks, insurance companies, or other public and private organisations with in-house legal departments. A paralegal’s tasks may include legal research, drafting wills, preparing legal arguments, preparing agreements, compiling court documentation, legal record keeping, legal communication and client services.

Accreditation

The Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) provides students with the academic requirements necessary to obtain a conveyancer’s licence in NSW, and is accredited by NSW Fair Trading. For licensing requirements, and details of mandatory additional work experience required to enable registration, enquiries should be made to NSW Fair Trading. Note that each Australian state or territory has its own legislation regulating conveyancing practice, except QLD where only qualified solicitors are legally permitted to engage in conveyancing.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    International start- Only March

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    192 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Australian Legal System
  • Criminal Process
  • Interviewing, Negotiation and Ethics
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Principles of Contract Law
  • Introduction to Land Law
  • Family Law Practice
  • Foundations of Torts

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6

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  • Minimum required score:

    92

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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General Requirements

  • CRICOS- 016182B
  • For undergraduate degrees, the required entry score uses the Australian Year 12 qualification which is measured by the Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR). Each course is given an ATAR is an indicative score for entry into the program, based on the previous academic year. 
  • When assessing applications against the relevant Academic Standards, the University will use accepted educational resources, including Australian Education International - NOOSR, UK NARIC, University Admissions Centre Assessment of Qualifications Manual and the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre Schedule to establish the Australian equivalence of an applicant’s overseas qualifications. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    26000 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 26000 AUD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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  • National fee is Commonwealth supported

Living costs

  • Lismore, Australia

    1200 - 2200 AUD/month
    Living Costs
  • Gold Coast, Australia

    1313 - 2310 AUD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

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