Diploma of Paralegal Practice
A professional knowledge of the law and legal matters
Become an ethical professional with great communication and research skills. Expand on foundational topics of legal principals and systems with a major including criminal justice. With a paralegal diploma you’re set to become a valued legal team member.
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Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:
- Analyse and interpret legal materials to identify and assess legal problems.
- Prepare basic legal advice to achieve solutions, using foundational knowledge of law, legal principles and legal systems appropriate to local and transnational contexts.
- Work collaboratively and independently to inform the resolution of legal and ethical issues that incorporate diverse perspectives.
- Implement legal research strategies utilising a variety of digital and other resources to inform legal arguments and advice.
- Articulate persuasive arguments, in written and spoken form, to a range of audiences.
Higher education via OUA
Successful completion of any 2 OUA open access subjects of study at the equivalent AQF level, unless otherwise specified.
- Successful completion of 2 undergraduate subjects (2 x 12.5cp minimum) at Associate Degree level or higher OR
- Completed DUS (Diploma of University Studies) any pathway or equivalent OR
- Completed UPP (University Preparation Program) or equivalent
ATAR of 65 or higher
Successful completion of certificate IV or higher
Work and Life
Domestic Applicants with work and life experience:
If you have not successfully completed senior secondary, tertiary or TAFE/VET study, but have extensive or sustained work experience.
The University of Tasmania grants credit and recognition of prior learning that may include formal and/or informal prior learning. More information is available here.
Quality paralegal practice, including professional work that intersects with legal contexts, depends on strong legal reasoning skills, an understanding of legal knowledge and problems, and well-developed communication skills. The Diploma of Paralegal Practice will equip you with foundational knowledge about legal principles and legal systems that is relevant for legal support work. You will learn how to analyse legal policy and consider its implications for practice. You will engage with historical and contemporary legal matters, including exploring contentious national and international political issues relating to human rights and environmental law.
You will qualify with an understanding of ethical practice. You will have developed fundamental legal research skills, legal reasoning skills, and effective and persuasive communication skills. You will be able to prepare written advice and develop legal arguments in response to legal problems. You will have learnt how to work independently and collaboratively, which means you will qualify with valued people skills that are important for effective paralegal practice. The program can be completed fully online.
Recommended Study Pattern
For students undertaking full-time study the following study pattern is recommended:
Completion of 8 core subjects from the schedule below:
- TAS-LAW102 International Law
- TAS-LAW107 Foundations of Law
- TAS-LAW108 Legal Reasoning and Technological Change
- TAS-LAW181 Ethics, Social Responsibility and the Law
Choose four subjects from Core Option Group A and B:
Your Core Options should include at least 2 subjects from Core Option Group A, with the remaining subjects coming from additional Core Option Group A subjects or up to a maximum of 2 subjects of Core Option Group B.
Core Option Group A : Complete at least 2 subjects
- TAS-LAW106 Torts
- TAS-LAW182 Indigenous Peoples and the Law
- TAS-LAW185 Law and Social Change
- TAS-LAW191 Law of the Oceans and the Antarctic
- TAS-LAW195 Current Issues in Environmental Law and Policy
Core Option Group B: Complete a maximum of 2 subjects
- TAS-HGA107 Crime and Criminal Justice
- TAS-HGA108 Crime and Society
- TAS-HIR101 Introduction to International Relations
- TAS-HPP102 Justice in Practice
- TAS-HPP103 Justice in Theory
Satisfactory completion of 8 subjects, as required in the schedule, within 1-3 years from commencement.
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