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Curtin University

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Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice

  • Graduate Diploma

Gain practical legal training for admission to the legal profession in Western Australia.

Key details

Degree Type
Graduate Diploma
8 months full-time
Course Code
Study Mode
In person

About this course

Please note: The planned January and August 2021 intakes of the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Practical Legal Training) have been postponed with a new, revised version of our program expected to be available in January 2022.

Study locations

Perth City

What you will learn

  • research, interpret and apply knowledge of Western Australian and Commonwealth legal concepts, theory, procedure, statutory rules, case law principles, work management and business skills and professional ethical responsibilities to understand, evaluate and apply them in legal practice
  • critically and creatively analyse complex legal problems to effectively identify and articulate the issues involved, generate innovative options and apply legal reasoning to make a considered choice between competing solutions which best serves the needs of the client
  • identify, access, assess and synthesise relevant information from a client, primary legal sources such as cases and legislation and secondary sources such as journal articles, commentaries, relevant websites and precedents (including electronic versions of these sources), identify all relevant issues and gather and present relevant information in practical oral and documentary advice, legal documentation and communications
  • identify and evaluate the needs of a client and the purpose of a proposed communication; accurately confirm instructions, effectively undertake inquiries, communicate the outcomes of legal research and analysis effectively, appropriately, practically and persuasively to colleagues, clients, courts and tribunals, other professionals and the broader community
  • use appropriate electronic resources (law libraries, on-line searches, electronic data bases, legal citators and digests) - for advanced legal research and precedent identification purposes, use appropriate institutional databases for search and lodgement functions for legal documents, understand appropriate technologies to maintain trust and office accounts and file management and be able to communicate effectively in electronic forms
  • use learning by doing and observing, documenting in writing and critically reflecting on their own and others' performance as legal professionals, making use of feedback as appropriate, demonstrating intellectual curiosity including via research tasks and problem solving, and demonstrating an understanding of resilience and well-being in the legal profession
  • understand the similarities and differences between local and other jurisdictions, including interstate and overseas jurisdictions, and be aware of the client's and other practitioners' perspectives, be able to effectively represent clients in negotiations by recognising other perspectives and apply best practice file and client management practices
  • demonstrate a highly developed understanding of, and be able to identify and respond appropriately to, cross-cultural verbal and non- verbal communication issues, particularly indigenous cultures and the possible effect that these issues may have upon a client's dealings with the police, courts, government and legal agencies
  • understand, apply and demonstrate professional responsibility and professional courtesy in all dealings with clients, the courts and tribunals, the community and other practitioners and demonstrate ethical legal practice and professional integrity when working within a team and independently