22565VIC Advanced Diploma of Legal Practice

VU course code: 22565VIC | Level of study: TAFE
1.5 years full time or longer for part time
Face to Face
City Campus
15 July 2024
05 July 2024


Take the next step in your career as a paraprofessional in the legal practice industry with an Advanced Diploma of Legal Practice 22565VIC at Victoria University.

This course will provide you with extensive training in the workings of today’s professional legal office.

You will gain essential skills for work as a legal paraprofessional, including how to:

  • provide advice on legal services to potential clients
  • practise in a legal area of your interest
  • manage legal practice operation resources
  • interpret legislation
  • produce complex legal documents.

You’ll also develop a basic understanding in the following areas:

  • family law
  • property law
  • contract law
  • commercial law
  • criminal law
  • conveyancing.

Our experienced teachers will ensure you are job-ready by the time you graduate. You could also go on to further study, as this course can be the first step towards becoming a lawyer.

NRT logoThis course is nationally recognised training.

Entry requirements

When assessing your application, we consider your education, work experience, current skills and personal attributes (where relevant).

Applicants for this course will need to meet the entry criteria outlined below. If you don’t meet the entry criteria, you may be able to gain entry by first completing a different course. We call this a ‘pathway’.

You may also be eligible for ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’, which lets you finish your course more quickly when you have gained some of the skills required from past study or work experience.

Entry criteria

Credit & Entry pathways into this course

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Course Structure

To be awarded the 22565VIC Advanced Diploma of Legal Practice, 21 units must be completed consisting of:

  • 11 core units
  • 10 elective units, consisting of:

  • a minimum of 4 units selected from Group A
  • 6 units from Group B and/or from Group A not already selected
  • a maximum of 4 units may be selected from any currently endorsed Training Package or accredited course.


Fees & scholarships

TAFE fees vary, depending on how much the government contributes towards course costs (if anything).

Read below to find out about the fee ‘type’, the estimated yearly tuition costs for this course, and the financial support on offer.




This course will qualify you to work as a paraprofessional in the legal practice industry. You’ll be able to perform legal work on behalf of clients under the supervision of a lawyer. Our graduates find work as law clerks or paralegals in:

  • law firms
  • government departments
  • legal aid organisations
  • financial institutions
  • corporations
  • court registries
  • Victoria Police.

You may find employment in the public or private sector. Example job titles include:

  • law clerk (litigation debt recovery, property, mortgage recovery)
  • legal probate clerk
  • conveyance clerk
  • corporate law clerk
  • family law assistant
  • probate/deceased estate law clerk
  • compliance officer
  • assistant to parliamentary counsel
  • Victorian legal aide
  • land title officer
  • legal assistant/secretary
  • legal research assistant
  • trainee court registrar
  • paralegal.

If you want to begin your pathway to becoming a practising lawyer, this course provides an excellent foundation for further study in law.


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