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Diploma of Paralegal Services


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1 Year full-time study or part-time equivalent.




Adelaide, SA
Tamworth, NSW

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who possess a sound theoretical knowledge base and use a range of specialised, technical or managerial competencies to plan and carry out work in a legal context in accordance with legislation, regulations and codes of practice relevant to the different jurisdictions. The job roles that relate to this qualification may include Paralegal.

Entry to this qualification is limited to those who:
Have completed the following units (or equivalent competencies):
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.
Have two years equivalent full-time relevant work experience.

Total number of units = 12

5 core units plus
7 elective units, of which:
  • 3 elective units must be selected from Group A
  • 2 elective units must be selected from Group B
  • for the remaining 2 elective units:
  • up to 2 units may be selected from Groups A and B
  • if not listed, up to 2 units may be selected from a Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma from this or any other currently endorsed Training Package qualification or accredited course. Elective units must be relevant to the work environment and the qualification, maintain the integrity of the AQF alignment and contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.

  • Core units
    BSBLEG421 Apply understanding of the Australian legal system
    BSBLEG422 Maintain a file in a legal services environment
    BSBLEG521 Conduct and apply legal research
    BSBLEG534 Take instructions in a legal services environment
    BSBWRT411 Write complex documents

    Elective units
    Group A – Legal Services
    BSBLEG425 Apply principles of legal project management
    BSBLEG522 Apply legal principles in contract law matters
    BSBLEG523 Apply legal principles in tort law matters
    BSBLEG524 Apply principles of evidence law in matters under litigation
    BSBLEG525 Apply legal principles in intellectual property law matters
    BSBLEG526 Apply legal principles in criminal law matters
    BSBLEG527 Apply legal principles in family law matters
    BSBLEG528 Apply legal principles in property law matters
    BSBLEG529 Apply legal principles in corporation law matters
    BSBLEG530 Apply legal principles in wills and probate matters
    BSBLEG531 Apply legal principles in administrative law matters
    BSBLEG532 Assist with court procedure
    BSBLEG533 Support alternative dispute resolution processes

    Group B – Transferable Skills
    BSBCMM511 Communicate with influence
    BSBCRT511 Develop critical thinking in others
    BSBDAT501 Analyse data
    BSBOPS403 Apply business risk management processes
    BSBPEF501 Manage personal and professional development
    BSBTWK401 Build and maintain business relationships