Information on this page is for Australian residents

Next intake: 
23 July 2018
Duration: 
3 years full time or longer for part time
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face

Applications for next intake due 15 July 2018

Overview

Aim for an in-demand career as a legal secretary, paralegal, or compliance officer. Develop legal research and writing skills, and targeted knowledge of the law.

Our Bachelor of Legal Services teaches sought-after skills in legal research, legal-document preparation, and interviewing. It’s suited to VCE graduates and mature applicants with relevant work experience.

You’ll learn how legislation is interpreted and applied in different areas, including criminal, family, property and corporations law. You’ll also develop highly valued skills in professional conduct, critical thinking, teamwork and communication.

Our partnerships with the legal community ensure you develop real-world experience and skills.

This qualification prepares you for a career in the legal services industry, but it does not enable you to practise law.

We are one of the few universities in Australia to offer both higher education and vocational legal training. That means you can do a certificate, diploma, degree or postgraduate studies – entering at various points and exiting when you’ve achieved your goal.

Some students use our legal services degree or diploma to enter a Bachelor of Laws. Speak to a course coordinator if you are interested in progressing in this way.

Exit early with a qualification

Students who are enrolled in this course who complete the course requirements for the:

Our partnerships with Magistrates’ Courts and community legal services let you apply your knowledge while you study. You’ll develop the skills needed to support people facing challenging situations.

You’ll gain authentic practical experiences within the justice system and related organisations. We provide all the grounding needed for a rewarding career in legal services.

Our Queen Street campus is located in the heart of Melbourne's legal district.

This dedicated law campus features:

  • specialised law library
  • legal research centres including the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre
  • mooting court
  • computer labs, seminar rooms, lecture theatres, student lounges, study spaces & a prayer room.

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Careers in legal services

Our Bachelor of Legal Services prepares you for challenging roles with a focus on law and legislation.

Careers can include:

  • legal secretary
  • senior legal secretary
  • paralegal
  • compliance officers in companies, financial institutions, non-government charitable organisations
  • court clerk.

Salaries

Job sites list salaries for legal secretaries in the A$50,000 to A$85,000 range (Seek). A degree qualification will put you in a position to apply for higher-paying roles.

Legal clerks earn around $65,000 (JobOutlook).

Compliance officers’ salaries vary according to industry (from community organisations to big banks). They make an average of A$93,000 (Glassdoor).

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Legal Services students will be required to complete 288 credit points consisting of:

  • 96 credit points of First Year Core units
  • 96 credit points of Major studies
  • 2 x 48 credit points of Minor studies

First Year Core Units

Majors

Minors

We've changed the way we teach our courses, so that you experience a first year like no other - focused on you and your success.

From 2018, the first-year of this bachelor degree* will see units delivered one at a time, in four-week blocks. This means you won't have to juggle the deadlines and demands of studying multiple units at once. Instead you'll complete one unit before moving on to the next.

All units will be conducted in small class sizes with three face-to-face sessions per week. This means you will get more one-on-one time with your teachers.

You will have access to different learning and teaching methods including:

  • online
  • educator-led delivery
  • tutorials
  • group work
  • laboratory and practical work (where it applies).

You will have access to additional activities designed to extend and improve your skills. These activities foster the skills you need to be an adaptable, resilient, confident and competent learner and employee.

Find out more about our First Year Model.

* Melbourne-based campuses only

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Integrate fundamental understandings of business including accounting, management and information management with advanced specialist legal knowledge within the discipline of law or legal services;  
  2. Critically review, analyse, adapt and apply broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge of law in diverse legal services contexts;  
  3. Critically analyse and apply information with initiative and judgement in order to both anticipate and creatively solve problems related to legal services in authentic/contemporary settings;  
  4. Exhibit professional judgement, by adapting the knowledge and skills obtained to make effective decisions that reflect the social, political and/or ethical contextual factors;  
  5. Communicate a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and skills in both oral and written form to a range of audiences;  
  6. Reflect on personal learning and skills in relation to career goals and implement effective, creative strategies to promote lifelong learning and pathways to further learning;  
  7. Apply personal and interpersonal competencies necessary to operate within the legal services sector in the immensely divergent and complex cultures of Australia and globally; and  
  8. Contribute effectively, with personal accountability for outcomes in a dynamic 21st century work team, working in an ethical and socially responsible manner.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.

If you enrol in a:

To calculate the total cost of your course:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • TAFE: Successful completion of a cognate (similar discipline) Australian Diploma or Advanced Diploma (or equivalent) will be granted advanced standing of up to a maximum of 96 credit points (Diploma).
  • Year 12: Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in any other English.
  • Mature: Applicants with relevant work, (eg relevant paralegal experience) education and/or community experience will be considered for admission to the course.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), you will be guaranteed a place in this degree. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

You will be credited for up to 72 credit points of study.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply

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When you're ready:

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Direct applications are due on 15 July 2018 for our next intake which starts on 23 July 2018.

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