Postgraduate

Graduate Diploma in Law

Expand your knowledge of the legal system as a next step to furthering your career in law.
0.5
Years Full Time

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Address

Student Central

The University of Western Australia(M355) 35 Stirling Highway Perth Western Australia 6009

Telephone

(+61 8) 6488 3939

International

1800 653 050

Frequently asked questions

Careers and further study

Take your studies to a new level with a postgraduate degree and discover what career opportunities lie ahead.

Career Pathways

Expand your skills, expertise and knowledge of law to prepare yourself for the next step in your law career.
Expand your skills, expertise and knowledge of law to prepare yourself for the next step in your law career.
This course could lead to these

Career Opportunities

Further Study

Students who complete the Graduate Diploma with a weighted average mark at least 60 per cent are eligible for admission to the Master of Laws.
Students who complete the Graduate Diploma with a weighted average mark at least 60 per cent are eligible for admission to the Master of Laws.
QILT 2019

Our Postgraduates earn more. The starting salary in Law and Paralegal exceeds the national average.

QILT 2019

Fees and scholarships

Learn more about the fees that apply to you for this course. For fee type definitions and further assistance, see the Fee Calculator Help page. You can also search our database for scholarships that are relevant to you or this course.

Domestic Fees

Postgraduate - fee paying students

Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.

Course Credit Points
24
Total Course Fee - 2020
$16,400.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Admission requirements

If you’re interested in furthering your career by studying this postgraduate degree, find out the admission details below.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—1(a) a Juris Doctor or Bachelor of Laws, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; or 
2(a) (i) a bachelor's degree in a cognate area, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and (ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 50 per cent; or 
3(a) (i) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and (ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 50 per cent; and (iii) at least two years of relevant professional experience.

Ranking and Selection Process

Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.

How to apply

Ready to apply for this postgraduate course? Follow the steps and you’ll be on your way to joining us at UWA.

Course details

This course is available to graduates with a recognised law degree who wish to pursue advanced or further study in law.

DollarThis course is now subsidised by the Australian Government as a Commonwealth supported place (CSP). Apply now for 2020 commencement to save on your course fees.

About The Course

This course is designed to equip practising lawyers and law graduates with an advanced understanding of the law to meet the challenges of the dynamic workplace. You'll learn from world-class teaching staff and study with the next generation of leaders in legal practice, government, business and the not-for-profit sector.

Graduate Diploma in Law

Quick Details

Status
  • Available 2020/2021
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Applications are accepted throughout the year.
Weekly contact time
  • Variable - includes intensive teaching blocks
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 20320
CRICOS code
  • 026880D
Graduate Diploma in Law
Status
  • Available 2020/2021
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Applications are accepted throughout the year.
Weekly contact time
  • Variable - includes intensive teaching blocks
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 20320
CRICOS code
  • 026880D
Full time/part time duration
  • 6 months
Degrees course is available in
  • Graduate Diploma in Law

Course Structure

Postgraduate coursework degrees and combined (coursework and research) degrees comprise a number of units. Refer to the course structure for more information.

Meet the faculty

Course coordinator Dr Fiona McGaughey

Dr Fiona McGaughey

Dr Fiona McGaughey is the Law School’s Director of Higher Degrees (Coursework) and has predominantly worked in the areas of disability and racial equality. 

She is an editor of the Australia and New Zealand journal Third Sector Review, co-convenes the UWA Modern Slavery Research Cluster, and is a member of the Law Council of Australia's Business and Human Rights Committee.

Meet the faculty

Graduate outcomes

Students will have an in-depth understanding of advanced complexities and challenges of a variety of legal topics. They will be able to adapt the degree to their own specialisation, given free choice to extend their basic legal knowledge in the subjects open to them, thus utilising the degree to tailor their specialised knowledge as they wish. All units will ensure that students will have learned independent study and research, as well as critical legal analysis. They will have worked independently on research essays and tasks, and gained working knowledge of legal method and legal research principles alongside their specialised legal knowledge.

Students will develop expert, specialised cognitive and technical legal skills, which will vary depending on their unit choices. This will allow them to independently: 

  • analyse critically, reflect on and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories as developed in seminars and through their independent research essays.
  • research and apply established theories to a body of knowledge or practice.
  • interpret and transmit knowledge, skills and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
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Why study postgrad?

Why study PG
QILT 2019

Our Postgraduates earn more. The starting salary in Law and Paralegal exceeds the national average.

QILT 2019
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Meet our law students

Monica Brierley Hay in graduation gown

Western Australia's premier Law School

The UWA Law School is ranked in the top 100 law schools in the world (QS 2019). You will join and contribute to 90 years of excellence: we were the first law school established in WA and the fifth oldest in Australia.

Our graduates include a Prime Minister, a Governor of Western Australia, State Ministers, Justices of the Supreme Court of WA, a Young Australian of the Year, Rhodes Scholars, and more.

While we have a long and proud history, we're also a closely-knit, creative and progressive Law School, fostering critical thought, ethical scholarship and practice, a deep connection to our Indigenous past and present, and supportive student culture based upon wellbeing and inclusion.

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Flexibility

We understand that life is busy. That's why our postgraduate courses are designed so you can balance your work and studies. Our flexible postgraduate experience includes the opportunity to study part time, a range of units that are taught after hours, and the option to learn via intensive units. Ask our Student Central team for advice on choosing the right postgraduate route for you. Find out more here.

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