Postgraduate

Graduate Diploma in Law, Policy and Government

Are you a future leader in policy and government? This course provides you with the skills and knowledge required to advance with confidence in these areas.

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Student Central

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

Telephone

131 UWA (131 892)

International

(+61 8) 6488 1000

Hours

8.30am - 5pm AWST, Monday - Friday

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Career Pathways

This course opens career opportunities for those seeking employment within the public sector. You may also choose to work as a legal practitioner or in private industry where it intersects with government approval, regulation and compliance.
This course opens career opportunities for those seeking employment within the public sector. You may also choose to work as a legal practitioner or in private industry where it intersects with government approval, regulation and compliance.
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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 Law, Policy and Government.
Students who complete the Graduate Diploma with a weighted average mark at least 60 per cent are eligible for admission to the Master of Law, Policy and Government.

Fees and scholarships

Learn more about the fees that apply to you for this course.

Domestic Fees

Postgraduate - full fee paying students

The Annual Fee is an estimate only based on a standard annual study load of 48 points. (Courses may teach up to 72 points in a year)

 

FFP
For Full Fee Paying places, students are charged an annual course fee. Visit the Fee Calculator select 'Postgraduate Coursework Fee-Paying' and chose your course to see the annual and total course fees.

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For Commonwealth Supported Places, student contribution amounts are charged by unit. For an accurate fee estimate, go to the Fee Calculator select 'Postgraduate Coursework Commonwealth-Supported' and chose ‘I want to price my units’.

Course Credit Points
24
Total Course Fee - 2022
$16,650.00

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.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

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.

This course has higher ELC requirements. Applicants presenting with the IELTS Academic require an overall score of at least 6.5 and no band less than 6.0. For more information visit ELC requirements.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

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Course details

With increasing government focus on planning and regulation, there is a clear need for individuals with a high level of understanding of policy and governance. This course provides that understanding.

About the course

This postgraduate course is available to law and non-law graduates who seek a greater understanding of socio-legal theory, policy development and the skills required to work in or with government.
Graduate Diploma in Law Policy and Government

Quick details

Status
  • Available in 2023
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • For more information and unit availability visit the Law School web page
Weekly contact time
  • Variable - includes intensive teaching blocks
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 21340
CRICOS code
  • 083852B
Graduate Diploma in Law Policy and Government
Status
  • Available in 2023
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • For more information and unit availability visit the Law School web page
Weekly contact time
  • Variable - includes intensive teaching blocks
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 21340
CRICOS code
  • 083852B
Full time/part time duration
  • 6 months

Course structure

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

Students with a recognised Law degree, take POLS5501 Public Policy (6 points) and LAWS5260 Intersections of Law, Policy and Government (6 points) from Group A, and option units to the value of 12 points from Group B.

Students without a recognised Law degree, take all units (18 points) from Group A, and option units to the value of 6 points from Group B.
Core - Group A
Take units as per the sequence notes.
Option - Group B
Take units as per the sequence notes.

Western Australia's premier Law School

The UWA Law School is ranked in the top 100 law schools in the world (QS 2021, THE WUR 2021). 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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UWA is ranked 88th in the world for Law (Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2021)

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Why study postgrad?

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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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