AD015 - Associate Degree in Legal Practice (Paralegal)

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Plan: AD015 - Associate Degree in Legal Practice (Paralegal)
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Associate Degree in Legal Practice (Paralegal)
Award abbreviation: AssocDegLegPrac(ParaLeg)
Total credit points: 192
Career: UGRD
Duration: 2 years full-time
Location: Melbourne City campus
Owning school: Vocational Business Education (650T)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 090913
CRICOS code:

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Purpose of the Program

The Associate Degree in Legal Practice (Paralegal) is an innovative program that focuses on developing high-level legal skills for you as a paralegal in the legal industry. In this program you will develop practical legal skills in addition to being able to identify and analyse legal concepts and principles. You will develop skills in case analysis, legal research, file management, preparing court documents, legal writing and drafting, interview and negotiation skills, together with an awareness of legal, professional and social responsibilities.

Throughout the program, you will be exposed to a variety of learning experiences which include lectures and tutorials, role plays, court visits and industry presentations. Embedded in the program are the skills and knowledge to enable you to practice and expand your learning experience through Work Integrated Learning (WIL).

In the final year of the program the capstone course, LAW2494 Professional Skills and Responsibility will provide you the opportunity to reflect on and consolidate what you have learnt through the management of client files in a simulated legal office. In addition, there is the opportunity to undertake an Internship as your elective course in your final semester.

The Associate Degree in Legal Practice (Paralegal) provides opportunities for entry into a wide range of legal careers in legal practices, banks, insurance companies or other public and private organisations with in-house legal departments. For those of you already employed in the legal industry, it will offer you the opportunity to further develop your existing skills and knowledge.

This program is available for delivery on-campus only.

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Articulation and pathways

Students who successfully complete C6141 Advanced Diploma of Legal Practice will be eligible to apply for exemptions equivalent to two semesters of study.

Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from the current program. Upon successful completion of this program you may be eligible to undertake further studies in related programs at RMIT University, including Bachelor of Criminal Justice and Bachelor of Legal and Dispute Studies, subject to each program’s entry requirements.

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Entrance requirements


Applicants with recent secondary education (completed Year 12 in 2016, 2017 and 2018)

Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent. If applicable, this includes equity access schemes and any other adjustment factors.


Applicants with Vocational Education and Training study

Successful completion of any Australian Diploma or Advanced Diploma (or equivalent overseas qualification); or


Successful completion of the equivalent of 1 semester of full-time study^ in a Higher Education Diploma program.

^ One semester of full-time study relates to a block of study: 4 out of 4 or 3 out of 3 courses within a semester.

Applicants with Work and Life Experience

This course uses the entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.


You should sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) Multiple Choice if:

·         You have no prior Year 12, VET qualifications, HE results or relevant work experience that meet the minimum entry requirements for the program; and

·         You are 19 years of age or over (as of 1 Jan 2019) and have not enrolled in secondary studies for at least two years


The STAT Multiple Choice will satisfy Year 12 English and Year 11 Mathematics prerequisites. Applicants must meet all other prerequisites or equivalents. Learn more about RMIT STAT results.


This program is not offered to international students.

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External accreditation and industry links

The RMIT Associate Degree in Legal Practice (Paralegal) is a general business award and does not have external accreditation from any professional association or accrediting body. The school has a Program Advisory Committee (PAC) which is the main link to industry. Membership includes senior executives from a number of major national law firms and legal associations. The committee provides feedback on the currency of the program, the changing needs of industry and has input into the design of new courses.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services

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All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic and print resources such as books, journals, newspapers, streaming media and past exam papers. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments, or you can work through Library subject guides and web-based tutorials, or use our online Ask a Librarian service. 

Computers for study are available at every Library site and wireless access is available if you are working from a laptop or mobile device.

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Online learning tools and content

Log in to myRMIT and select the myStudies tab to access study resources for your program.

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance.

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

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