Postgraduate

Graduate Certificate in Legal Practice

If you already have a Bachelor of Laws (LLB), this course will give you the legal practice work experience you need to be admitted to the legal profession. Note: you will also need to complete practical legal training (PLT) coursework to gain admission.

What type of student are you?

Murdoch code

C1132

Study mode

Full Time or Part Time

Duration (years)

1

Selection rank

CRICOS code

090761B
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SCALES Legal Clinic

Murdoch law students can work with real clients in a real legal practice setting.

Globally accredited law degree

A Murdoch law degree is recognised in Australia, Malaysia, India and Singapore.

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Overview

This course is the next step to becoming a practicing lawyer, after you have successfully completed your Bachelor of Laws (LLB). This course is the practical component needed to complete your Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice.

You can get experience in any or all of our practice areas, including human rights, family, Aboriginal or generalist law. You’ll take on varied legal work under the supervision of our solicitors as you interview clients, complete legal research, formulate and give advice and get experience in law reform and policy work.

You’ll work on real cases and be responsible for all aspects of your client’s case, under qualified supervision. Your experience will then be reviewed to help you learn the essential skills of reflecting on and evaluating your own legal work and the legal work performed by others.

We have Semester 1 and 2 in-take for this course – but places are strictly limited. To apply, you need to have completed Clinical Legal Education units throughout your degree. You’ll need to attend the SCALES clinic two days a week, for 20 weeks to complete two practice-based units which are 6 points each, with a total of 12 points to complete the Graduate Certificate.

4 reasons to study a Graduate Certificate in Legal Practice at Murdoch

  • Work with real clients and build your legal skills through our partnerships with clinics such as SCALES and Aboriginal Family Legal Services.
  • You’ll be guided by leading academics and legal practitioners.
  • You can complete this course on a part-time or full-time basis. If you choose the part-time option, you’ll complete one unit per semester; two days a week for 20 weeks. The full-time option means you will need to complete both units together during one semester; 4 days a week, for 20 weeks. This course is designed to help you get the practical legal experience you need to become a practicing lawyer.
  • Complete the next step of your journey by studying your Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice on campus thanks to our partnerships with Leo Cussen and College of Law. Once you’ve completed your undergraduate law degree, the Graduate Diploma, and your practical placement through this course, you'll be able to apply to become a practicing, admitted lawyer.

Your career

This course is designed to help you get the practical legal experience you need to become a practicing lawyer. You will need to complete a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice along with this course to meet educational requirements for admission into the profession.

Careers could include:

  • Lawyer
  • Legal Practitioner
  • Barrister
  • Solicitor
  • Legal Analyst.

Professional recognition

The Legal Practice Board of Western Australia recognises successful completion of this course as fulfilment of the post LLB study required to register as a legal practitioner.

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Structure

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English Requirements

You must be able to meet a minimum standard in English to study at Murdoch, which may include the successful completion of a variety of English proficiency tests.

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Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

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This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai, Singapore and Myanmar campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

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This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai, Singapore and Myanmar campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

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