School of law

Graduate Certificate in Legal Practice

The Graduate Certificate in Legal Practice course allows students to gain the practice experience necessary for admission to the legal profession. Students are placed within the Clinical Legal Practice run in collaboration with SCALES Community Legal Centre in one-on-one direct supervision by SCALES’ experienced solicitors. Students may work in any or all of SCALES’ diverse practice areas such as human rights, family or generalist law. Whilst enrolled at SCALES students are given the opportunity to undertake varied legal work under the supervision of our solicitors including interviewing clients, legal research, formulating and giving advice as well as law reform and policy work.


The Graduate Certificate in Legal Practice is only available to students who have undertaken Clinical Legal Education units throughout their degree and is subject to a strict quota, and will have intake in Semester 1 and Semester 2.

Students will be required to complete two practice based units which are 6 points each, with a total 12 points to complete the Graduate Certificate. Each unit requires students to attend SCALES two days a week, for 20 weeks. The course may be completed on a part-time or full-time basis. The part-time option is undertaken by completing one unit per semester; 2 days a week for 20 weeks. The full-time option requires students to complete both units together during one semester; 4 days a week, for 20 weeks.

This certificate is endorsed by the CEO of the College of Law. Murdoch is the only University in WA to offer these legal practice places through our partnership with the SCALES clinic.

For more information on Graduate Certificate in Legal Practice and how to enrol please click here.

For further information on SCALES and the programmes, please contact the clinic directly:

Anna Copeland
Director of Clinical Legal Programs
Supervising Solicitor and Migration Agent (SCALES)
Murdoch University
LAW Room 2.103
Tel: (08) 9360 2980 Fax: (08) 9360 6996

Carla Michan-Ranieri
Clinical Support Officer
Murdoch University
LAW Room 2.106
Tel: (08) 9360 6572 Fax: (08) 9360 6996