Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice

This is a course designed for overseas qualified lawyers. It is provided primarily for those people who have fulfilled the requirements of an undergraduate law degree and been admitted to practice, usually in another country, and have been advised by the Legal Practice Board of Western Australia to undertake extra units of study in order to be admitted to practice in this State.

Course overview

Course title
Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
Award abbreviation
GradDipLegalPrac
Course code
20350
Course type
postgraduate diploma
Status
current / 2018
Administered by
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education
CRICOS code
013804A

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-year
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required
90
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
The length of time of this course depends on the number of units required by the Legal Practice Board of WA full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising 24 points of taught units and 66 points of admission credit, as recognised and granted by the Faculty
Maximum course duration
2 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising up to 90 points of taught study (see Rule 5 for further information)
Time limit
5 years
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)
Associate Dean (Students)
Fees
Visit the fees calculator.

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Take unit(s) up to the value of 90 points, as approved by the Faculty, on the recommendation of the Legal Practice Board of Western Australia:

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSLAWS4101Foundations of Law and Lawyering
S1LAWS4102Criminal Law
Prerequisites:
LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering
S1LAWS4103Contract
Prerequisites:
LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering
S1LAWS4104Property
Prerequisites:
LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering
Co-requisites:
LAWS4103 Contract
S2LAWS4106Torts
Prerequisites:
LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering
S2LAWS4107Land Law
Prerequisites:
LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering, LAWS4104 Property and LAWS4103 Contract
S2LAWS4108Foundations of Public Law
Prerequisites:
LAWS4101 Legal Process
S2LAWS4109Legal Theory and Ethics
Prerequisites:
LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering and LAWS4102 Criminal Law
Incompatibility:
LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics
S1LAWS5101Constitutional Law
Prerequisites:
LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering and LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law
S2LAWS5102Administrative Law
Prerequisites:
LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering and LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law
S1LAWS5103Equity and Trusts
Prerequisites:
LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4107 Land Law and LAWS4103 Contract
S2LAWS5104Corporations Law
Prerequisites:
LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4106 Torts and LAWS5103 Equity and Trusts
S2LAWS5105Remedies
Prerequisites:
LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Layering, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, and LAWS5103 Equity and Trusts
S1LAWS5107Evidence
Prerequisites:
LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawerying and LAWS4102 Criminal Law
S2LAWS5115Procedure
Prerequisites:
LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4105 Dispute Resolution, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS5103 Equity and Trusts, LAWS5104 Corporations Law, LAWS5105 Remedies, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5101 Constitutional Law, LAWS5102 Administrative Law and LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3.(1) To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

(2) Applicants presenting with the IELTS Academic require an overall score of at least 7.0 and no band less than 6.5.

(3) Applicants presenting with the TOEFL iBT require an overall score of at least 106, a miminum score of 28 in the Speaking section, and no other sub-score less than 26.

(4) Applicants presenting with the TOEFL Paper Based score require an overall score of at least 580 and a miminum score of 5.0 in the Essay Rating / Test of Written English (TWE).

(5) Applicants presenting with the Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic) require an overall score of at least 70 and no sub-score less than 70.

(6) Applicants presenting with the UWA Centre for English Language Teaching (CELT) Bridging Course require a minimum grade of Grade A (85%) in the final CELT examination, with no band less than 80%.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a Juris Doctor or Bachelor of Laws, or equivalent as recognised by UWA;

and

(b) an assessment of this qualification by the Legal Practice Board of Western Australia that outlines which units are required to practice.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6. This course does not form part of an articulated sequence.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 90 points (maximum value) which include conversion units to a value of 66 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

(3) Students who have completed Requirements as set by the Legal Practice Board of WA are granted credit for conversion units up to a value of 66 points.

Satisfactory progress

8. To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10.(1) Part-time students, or those commencing mid-year, who fail to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 in their first year of enrolment are assigned the progress status of 'On Probation' by the Faculty.

(2) Students other than those covered by (1) who fail to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 are assigned the progress status of 'Excluded' unless the Faculty determines otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. This rule is not applicable to this course.