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BSB50720

Diploma of Paralegal Services

Redesign your career with this high-level course. Develop specialised skills and knowledge to become a paralegal.

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TIME 1 year / Full Time NEXT START DATE 30 May 2022
STUDY LOCATIONS Greater Brisbane
WAYS TO STUDY On Campus Online
WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Full Fee
$8,400 - $10,705
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Course overview

Redesign your career with this high-level course. Develop specialised skills and knowledge to become a paralegal.

According to the Australian Government's Jobs Outlook service, employment of paralegals and legal assistants is expected to increase by 12 per cent in the next decade.

In this course you will gain an in-depth understanding of the Australian legal system, while enhancing your administrative skills to be able to support a team of law professionals. You will learn how to carry out legal research, maintain a legal filing system and follow legal instructions, and also develop the skills to write complex documents and communicate in a legal service environment.

Our highly-experienced teaching staff will give you one-on-one guidance and the industry knowledge you need to succeed in the legal sector.

Successful completion of this course will give you the confidence and skills to seek employment as a paralegal or legal assistant. It will also give you the knowledge required to pursue further study.

What can I do?

  • Legal Assistant
  • Paralegal

Course outcome:

BSB50720 Diploma of Paralegal Services

Further study options

At TAFE Queensland we believe in providing quality pathways to further education opportunities. Give yourself the best chance to continue to advance your career with further study options that will open up more exciting employment opportunities in the world of justice or legal services.

Industry-experienced teachers

Our teaching staff are at the top of their game and are still heavily involved in the industry. This means you're being taught by people who know what employers are looking for and where the sector is headed.

What you will study.

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 7 elective units from the list below.

  • UNIT CODE
  • UNIT NAME

  • UNIT CODE
  • BSBLEG421
    Apply understanding of the Australian legal system
    UNIT CODE :
    BSBLEG421
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to apply understanding of the Australian legal system. This includes understanding and applying knowledge of the Federal system, sources of law, and the trial system for resolving disputes.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Apply understanding of the Australian legal system

  • UNIT CODE
  • BSBLEG422
    Maintain a file in a legal services environment
    UNIT CODE :
    BSBLEG422
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to maintain a file under the instruction of a designated individual.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Maintain a file in a legal services environment

  • UNIT CODE
  • BSBLEG521
    Conduct and apply legal research
    UNIT CODE :
    BSBLEG521
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to undertake and apply legal research under supervision.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Conduct and apply legal research

  • UNIT CODE
  • BSBLEG534
    Take instructions in a legal services environment
    UNIT CODE :
    BSBLEG534
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to take instructions from a client in a legal services environment to support the organisation’s operations.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Take instructions in a legal services environment

  • UNIT CODE
  • BSBWRT411
    Write complex documents
    UNIT CODE :
    BSBWRT411
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to plan, draft and finalise complex documents.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Write complex documents

Ways to study
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Springfield
11 Jul 2022
1 year
Full time 3 days per week
Classroom
  • Full fee: $10,705
South Bank
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time up to 3 days per week
Mixed mode
  • Full fee: $10,705
START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD WHAT YOU'LL PAY
30 May 2022
12 weeks per intake. Average course duration 2 years
up to 2 units per intake
  • Full fee: $8,400
18 Jul 2022
12 weeks per intake. Average course duration 2 years
up to 2 units per intake
  • Full fee: $8,400
29 Aug 2022
12 weeks per intake. Average course duration 2 years
up to 2 units per intake
  • Full fee: $8,400
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Springfield
11 Jul 2022
1 year
Full time 3 days per week
Classroom
  • Full fee: $10,705
South Bank
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time up to 3 days per week
Mixed mode
  • Full fee: $10,705
START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD WHAT YOU'LL PAY
30 May 2022
12 weeks per intake. Average course duration 2 years
up to 2 units per intake
  • Full fee: $8,400
18 Jul 2022
12 weeks per intake. Average course duration 2 years
up to 2 units per intake
  • Full fee: $8,400
29 Aug 2022
12 weeks per intake. Average course duration 2 years
up to 2 units per intake
  • Full fee: $8,400

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Diploma of Paralegal Services (BSB50720)

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Diploma of Paralegal Services

COURSE CODE: BSB50720
Payment Options

How can I pay for this course?

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what’s right for you, get in touch. We’re here to help. 

Payment plan

If you have difficulty paying for the full cost of a course upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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Upfront payment

This may be the full fee for the course, or the student contribution amount if you are eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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VET Student Loan - $10,813 cap

This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies.

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Important Information

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Entry requirements

Entry to this qualification is limited to those who:

Have completed the following units (or equivalent competencies), these units are from BSBSS00106 Introduction to Paralegal Services:

  • BSBLEG314 Protect information in a legal services environment;
  • BSBLEG423 Conduct simple legal research; and
  • BSBLEG424 Support the drafting of complex legal documents.

Equivalent competencies are predecessors to these units, which have been mapped as equivalent.

or

Have two years equivalent full-time relevant work experience.

Applicants that have two years equivalent full-time relevant work experience will be required to send a resume to Business.brisbane@tafeqld.edu.au to be checked by a legal content expert. A letter of offer will be sent to successful applicants, response time is approximately 5 days.

Selection criteria

 

 

Need to know

Online
When studying online it is strongly recommended students follow the order of study and enrol in no more than two units per intake or the units required to complete a cluster/stage, unless otherwise advised. 

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.

Pathways

University Pathways.

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about University Pathways

  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Federation University
  • University of Southern Queensland

How to Apply

Direct application

If you're ready to get started, simply hit the Apply Now button on your preferred course information page and get your application underway online. 

Apply through QTAC

You can apply to study this course through the Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC). You will need to submit your application on the QTAC website. It will be assessed, and if you are successful you will receive an offer directly through QTAC. You will need to accept your offer from QTAC before enrolling with TAFE Queensland.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers

Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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