Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
The Graduate Certificate in Australian Law is designed to permit appropriately qualified lawyers from common law jurisdictions outside Australia to satisfy the academic requirements for admission as a lawyer of the Supreme Court of NSW. The course allows lawyers from common law jurisdictions to meet the academic requirements to practise in Australia. Career options include lawyer in NSW within a government or corporate department, private law firm or community law centre, providing students also undertake a course in practical legal training such as the Graduate Certificate in Professional Legal Practice.
Lawyers from common law jurisdictions outside of Australia who wish to meet the academic requirements to practise in Australia
The course requires completion of 30 credit points of specified subjects. However, in some cases and subject to approval, students may substitute one subject. Full-time students can complete the course in a minimum of one session. Part-time students can complete the course in a minimum of one year. International students are unable to undertake part-time study.
- Australian law
Standard entry requirements
- Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies. Applicants' bachelor's degree in law must be from outside Australia or they must be admitted to practise as a legal practitioner in a common law jurisdiction outside Australia. The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0
- Or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21
- Or AE5: Pass
- Or PTE: 58-64
- Or CAE: 176-184. Appropriately qualified knowledge of the common law legal system is assumed knowledge.
This course may satisfy the requirements for admission to the Supreme Court of NSW. The Legal Profession Admission Board may recognise subjects attempted within this course. Applicants are advised to obtain written confirmation to the LPAB in recognition of subjects attempted within this course prior to enrolling.
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This course is not appropriate for applicants who are already admitted to practise as a lawyer in NSW. Applicants should note that in order to gain admission as a lawyer of the Supreme Court of NSW they may also be required to undertake a course in practical legal training, such as the Graduate Certificate in Professional Legal Practice. Before lodging an application, applicants must contact the Legal Profession Admission Board of the NSW Supreme Court (LPAB) to determine the subjects they are required to complete to be eligible for admission to practise in NSW. Notification from the LPAB, listing the subjects required, must accompany the application for admission into the course. Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration.