Graduate Certificate in Professional Legal Studies - 2016

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Course summary

Course summary - 2016

Level: Postgraduate
Qualification: Graduate Certificate
Number of units: 4 units to complete

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Mon - Fri: 8am - late

Sat & Sun: 9am - 5pm

All times in Australian Eastern
Standard Time (AEST) or Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)

This course is designed for professions that work with the law and those with an interest in the law. It offers a wide range of units covering many different legal topics and areas. All units are highly practical and support learning and knowledge that can be immediately put into practice in the workplace.


Applicants must hold a bachelors degree in any discipline or equivalent.

Work Experience:

Applicants with a minimum of two years full-time relevant work experience and who can demonstrate the capacity to study successfully at postgraduate level may apply for admission.

English language requirements:

IELTS score of 7.0 with no sub-score less than 6.5

Students complete the prerequisite unit LAW730 Introduction to Law and Legal Reasoning before or in conjunction with one of the other units whether studying full-time or part-time.

To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate in Professional Legal Studies students must complete four units.

The maximum period for completing this program is 2 years.

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Introduction to Law & Legal Reasoning
LAW730 Griffith Sem 1 Sem 2 -
Intro to Torts
LAW732 Griffith - Sem 2 -
Intro to Administrative Law
LAW733 Griffith Sem 1 - -
Intro to Employment & IR Law
LAW734 Griffith - Sem 2 -

All credit applications will be assessed according to Griffith University policy and students should contact the Off Campus & Assignment Handling Services Griffith University for further information.

You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can access the government loan scheme known as FEE-HELP. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a minimum threshold.

Who can access it?

  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to their course
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit
  • Permanent visa holders who are undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of their study

Find out more about FEE-HELP

You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001