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Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies)

Undergraduate | SCU-LPS-DEG | 2024

Get ready to work in the legal sector

Explore the Australian legal system and become familiar with legal documents. You’ll study the foundations of criminal law, contract law, land law, and family law. Build your practical, professional skills and form an awareness of ethical issues.

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Study method
Online & on-campus
Assessments
100% online
Credit available
Yes
Duration
2 years full time or part time equivalent
Total subjects
16

Price from
$30,000
Available loans
Australian Higher Education Loan Program (HELP)
CSP available
Yes

Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies)

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Career opportunities

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.

Students who achieve the required grade point average during or on completion of this degree may apply for admission into the Bachelor of Laws.

Graduates may also choose to transfer into the Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies and graduate with a Bachelor degree after just one additional year of study.

The Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) when studied with the Conveyancing major is a recognised educational qualification for a licensed conveyancer in NSW.

Professional recognition

When taken with the conveyancing major, the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies), fulfils 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.

Career outlook

Conveyancers and Legal Executives:
Below $60K
Court and Legal Clerks:
$60K to $74K
Policy and Planning Managers:
Over $120K

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