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Graduate Certificate in Professional Legal Practice

 

location
City campus

Min. duration
0.5 years full time or
1 year part time*

course codes
UTS: C11232v1
CRICOS: 077342G
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UAC codes

940440 (Autumn session, Spring session, Summer session 2015/16)
940441 distance (Autumn session, Spring session, Summer session 2015/16)

The Graduate Certificate in Professional Legal Practice allows students to complete the practical legal training (PLT) requirements necessary for admission by the Supreme Court of NSW to practise as a lawyer. The UTS PLT program is accredited by the Legal Profession Admission Board (LPAB) of the Supreme Court of NSW and offers students a university-standard level of teaching, involving interactive exercises such as practice courts, simulated practice transactions and skills training.

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Typical study program

All subjects are timetabled each session. The UTS Timetable Planner enables current and future UTS students to view subject timetables.

Autumn or Spring sessionCredit pointsSubject code
75424 Legal and Professional Skills675424
75422 Transactional Practice675422
75423 Litigation and Estate Practice675423
75411 Practical Experience075411
Select 6 credit points of options:6

Course fees

For relevant fee information, are you a Local student or International student

In most cases, UTS offers domestic students entry to postgraduate courses on a fee paying basis.

Tuition fees are charged:

  • based on the particular course in which you are enrolled
  • based on the number of credit points in which you are enrolled
  • at the rates set for the current year and revised annually

Fees for future year(s) published in the online calculator, whilst unlikely to change, are estimates only.  UTS makes every effort to provide up to date future year(s) fee estimates and to limit any changes, however, UTS reserves the right to vary fees for future year(s) at any time.

Tuition fees can be found in the online calculator.

A small number of postgraduate courses offer government subsidised Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP). Find out whether there are CSPs available in this course by visiting our postgraduate fees page.

In addition to tuition fees, students are required to pay a Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). The purchase of textbooks and other course materials may also result in additional costs.

Tuition fees for international students vary between courses and range from A$19,840 to A$34,080 per year.

Tuition fees for international postgraduate coursework students can be found using fees search.

Tuition fees must be paid in advance each session and are subject to annual increase. Fees for future year(s) published in fees search, whilst unlikely to change, are estimates only. UTS makes every effort to provide up to date future year(s) fee estimates and to limit any changes, however, UTS reserves the right to vary fees for future year(s) at any time.

 

For this course, the cost per credit point for 2016 is $705. The total credit points are 24.

All international students should familiarise themselves with the following documents:

In addition to tuition fees, students may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). Textbooks and other course materials will also result in additional costs.

For further information on costs related to your study at UTS, visit the international students' fees information page.

Careers

Career options include lawyer, provided graduates have fulfilled all other academic requirements.

Course structure

Course completion requirements

RequirementCredit points
STM90792 Core subjects18
CBK90399 Law options6
Total24

Course structure explained

University law graduates complete three core subjects (18cp), plus 15 weeks of full-time (or equivalent part-time) practical experience (0cp). University law graduates studying this course are given automatic credit recognition for CBK90399 Law Options (6cp).

Credit recognition for CBK90399 Law Options (6cp) is not given to students who enter the course after completing the LPAB Diploma in Law.

Industrial training/professional practice

A practical experience work placement is a compulsory and integral component of the course. Practical experience requires students to complete 15 weeks of full-time (or equivalent part-time) practical experience work placement. Students must complete their practical experience work placement within two-and-a-half years of enrolling in 75411 Practical Experience. International students must complete their work placement(s) by the end of the session in which they are enrolled in 75411 Practical Experience. Further information about the practical experience component of the course can be found at practical legal training program.

Additional information

Course duration

The course can be completed in one session of full-time or one year of part-time study, plus 15 weeks of full-time (or equivalent part-time) approved practical experience.

Further information regarding completion requirements is available from the practical experience guidelines and rules.

Students who elect to study by distance should refer to the individual subjects with regard to any requirement to attend on-campus intensive block classes.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

For this course the equivalent qualification required is a bachelor's degree in law, the Juris Doctor, the LPAB Diploma in Law, or a law qualification from an overseas jurisdiction. Lawyers with overseas law qualifications should consult with the Legal Profession Admission Board (LPAB) for admission purposes in order to practise law in NSW.

Applicants may also be eligible to commence their practical legal training (PLT) studies once they have completed all core law subjects and have no more than two electives, or 12 credit points of electives, remaining in their primary law qualification. Applicants who wish to commence their PLT prior to the completion of their primary law degree must have the written approval of the LPAB.

Admission is at the discretion of the associate dean (education).

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Check to see if there are additional admission requirements for this course.

If you don't meet the admission requirements for this course, there may be alternative pathways to help you gain admission.

Credit recognition

University law graduates complete three core subjects (18cp), plus 15 weeks of full-time (or equivalent part-time) practical experience (0cp). University law graduates studying this course are given automatic credit recognition for CBK90399 Law Options (6cp).

Credit recognition for CBK90399 Law Options (6cp) is not given to students who enter the course after completing the LPAB Diploma in Law.

Scholarships, prizes and awards

Scholarships

Only for Aboriginal Australian or Torres Strait Islander students

Prizes and awards

Professional recognition

This course satisfies the requirements for admission as a lawyer to the Supreme Court of NSW.

Download a course guide

UTS: Handbook

See the Graduate Certificate in Professional Legal Practice in the UTS: Handbook for comprehensive course details.
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