Associate Degree in Legal Practice (Paralegal)
Specialised legal knowledge and high level, analytical and practical legal skill development are embedded in all the courses. Graduates are highly sought after within the legal industry.
You will learn from our highly passionate, supportive and experienced legal practitioners, and participate in a range of exciting, special events, including:
- the RMIT Legal Practice firm (simulated legal office)
- visiting guest speakers from the legal profession
- moot court performances
- practical placement in law firms or other legal agencies
- working with community legal services
- engaging in a range of legal practice events connecting with industry
As a student in our Legal Practice program you can join the RMIT Law Students Society, giving you more opportunities to become an integral part of our student community.
Studying legal practice at RMIT is a great way to enhance your career prospects, whether you are looking for pathways into further study or an immediate start in the world of work.
According to leading law firms, graduates from RMIT’s Legal Practice programs are employers’ number one choice in paralegals.
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Most of your classes will be held in RMIT's Swanston Academic Building which features wireless connection to printers, the web and specialist learning resources, interactive lecture and tutorial spaces, lectorial theatres, small-group rooms and other innovative learning spaces as well as retail and social spaces.
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work.
Through RMIT University’s online learning portal, myRMIT, you will be able to view online resources and learning activities created by lecturers, access course materials via Blackboard, collaborate with lecturers and fellow students, and access your student email account.
Educational software, the Learning Hub, resources and printers are accessible on campus via the RMIT wireless network using your own laptop, tablet or smart phone or via computer facilities on-campus. You will be able to access the same software from home using myDesktop.
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Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes examinations, essays, reports, oral classes, presentations, group projects, research projects and practical assignments.
In this program you will receive feedback from your supervisor and others when you undertake professional work and tasks while in employment.
Expand your learning experience through the work-integrated learning course, Professional Skills and Responsibility. The course requires you to undertake tasks such as simulated case studies, work relevant role plays, work placement and attend guest lectures from legal industry professionals.
You may choose to participate in an optional work placement in your final year. The Business internship elective 12 credit points) involves taking up a position in industry for one or two days per week for one semester. These positions are normally unpaid and are designed to develop your soft skills and increase your overall employability upon graduation. The placement must be self-sourced.
Guiding the development of the College of Business, both nationally and internationally, is an Industry Advisory Board of high-profile executives chaired by Gerhard Vorster, Chief Strategy Officer, Deloitte. The Board creates a strategic bridge between the latest in technology and design thinking and business.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
The program consists of 16 courses, including specialist courses in law, legal practice and conveyancing and an elective. The prescribed specialist courses and overall program design is focused on meeting contemporary legal practice requirements and the requirements of specific job roles in the legal industry.
By studying the following courses, graduates will possess underpinning knowledge to support lawyers in practice, and effectively perform the diverse range of tasks required of paralegals.
- Business and corporate law
- Civil procedure and dispute resolution
- Criminal law
- Evidence law
- Family law
- Government and the Law
- Intellectual property
- Introduction to legal method
- Land law and conveyancing
- Law of contract
- Legal practice and technology
- Tort Law
- Will, probate and administration
Choose a program structure
|Associate Degree in Legal Practice (Paralegal)||City Campus||
2 years full-time
2 years full-time
Choose a program structure
Program code: AD015
The program will provide an opportunity for entry into a wide range of legal careers. It will also further develop the existing skills of those already employed in the legal industry.
Paralegals are employed in organisations such as law firms, conveyancing firms, community agencies and government departments including the Department of Justice, Court Administration, the Victorian Government Solicitor, Public Prosecutors, Victorian Legal Aid and community legal centres.
Paralegals are also employed in commercial organisations and corporations in the banking, insurance and property sectors. They may also have specialised roles in legal fields like litigation, probate administration, criminal law, property and land law, family law, corporate and commercial law.
Current Year 12:
Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 or equivalent, with a minimum ATAR of 50, or equivalent.
Non Year 12:
- Successful completion of a Diploma or Advanced Diploma; 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.
RMIT is committed to admissions transparency. View the 2018 ATAR distribution information for our degrees and information about how admissions work at RMIT:
All undergraduate and honours degrees have Commonwealth supported places (CSP) available.
In a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), your tuition fees are subsidised by the Australian Government. Your share of the fee (student contribution) is set each year by the government and is determined by the discipline areas (bands) of your individual enrolled courses, not the overall program.
As a CSP student, you may be eligible to apply for a HECS-HELP loan, which allows you to defer payment of up to 100% of your student contribution.
Learn more about fees for undergraduate study.
How much can I expect to pay for my Commonwealth supported place?
Courses (subjects) fall into one of three bands. The band determines the student contribution amount for the course.
Amounts listed in the table below are based on a standard, full-time study load (96 credit points per year) with all courses in the same band. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load or for enrolment in courses (subjects) from a combination of bands.
You can learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees for units from different bands at Fees for Commonwealth supported students.
Maximum student contribution amount for Commonwealth supported places in 2018
|Student contribution band by course (subject)||Maximum annual student contribution amount in 2018|
|Band 1: humanities, behavioural science, social studies, clinical psychology, foreign languages, visual and performing arts, education, nursing||$6,444 per standard year
$805 per standard (12 credit point) course
|Band 2: mathematics, statistics, computing, built environment, other health, allied health, science, engineering, surveying, agriculture||$9,185 per standard year
$1,148 per standard (12 credit point) course
Band 3: law, accounting, administration, economics, commerce, dentistry, medicine, veterinary science
|$10,754 per standard year
$1,344 per standard (12 credit point) course
The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the HECS-HELP loan scheme, which allows eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) to defer payment of up to 100% of their student contribution.
How does a HELP loan work?
If your HECS-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.
You will only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying).
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2018 is $298.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.