National course code: BSB52215

Diploma of Legal Services

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Overview About this course

Gain the skills and knowledge to provide junior legal services in a law firm as a legal assistant or paralegal. Work with clients and lawyers across family, property, corporate and criminal law. If a law degree is your ultimate goal, this course provides a strong competitive advantage.

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Research legal information using secondary sources

  • Apply legal principles

  • Identify and interpret compliance requirements

  • Develop and nurture relationships

  • Maintain and enhance professional practice

Course Outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • Liaise with lawyers, legal staff and clients

  • Prepare and fact-check case documentation for lawyers

  • Depending on your location, visit and observe a real legal services practice

  • Visit and observe a court in session

  • Examine case law and legal precedents

  • Strong pathways to continue your studies and enhance your career opportunities

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol.

  • There are no entry requirements for this course. You can enrol today.

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • Completed the Certificate IV in Legal Services and/or have some experience working in a legal environment

  • High level literacy skills and a passion for reading

  • An interest in legal principles, legislation and the legal process

  • Good organisational skills to identify and find legal documents

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future Career and Study Options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: Legal secretary, Legal services support officer, Legal assistant, Paralegal and Practice assistant

Study pathways

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Previous study 2 Courses

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Further study 0 Courses

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The Diploma of Legal Services does not have any post-graduate courses.

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The Diploma of Legal Services does not have any related courses.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Subjects in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Diploma of Legal Services qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 10 Units of competency, including 4 core and 6 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Maintain and enhance professional practice BSBLED503

  • Develop and nurture relationships BSBCMM501

  • Research legal information using secondary sources BSBRES502

  • Identify and interpret compliance requirements BSBCOM501

TAFE NSW Services Facilities and Support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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