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BSB52215 - Diploma of Legal Services

Diploma of Legal Services

Payment Options

Flexible payment options are available for this course.

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We are approved to offer VET Student Loans to eligible students.

Nationally Recognised

This qualification is provided as Nationally Recognised Training (NRT).

Course description

This course is for people who work in a legal setting and who wish to develop high level skills to assist them in planning and carrying out their work in accordance with legislation, regulations and relevant codes of practice.

If you find this course sparks further professional career aspirations you may wish to apply to gain entry to a relevant university degree with up to 12 months advanced standing.

Find out more about TAFE to university options here.

Units of study

Core Units

All units must be completed

Unit Code Unit Name
BSBRES502 Research legal information using secondary sources
BSBCOM501 Identify and interpret compliance requirements
BSBLED503 Maintain and enhance professional practice
BSBCMM501 Develop and nurture relationships

Elective Units

Six (6) units must be completed

Unit Code Unit Name
BSBLEG515 Apply legal principles in wills and probate matters
BSBLEG417 Apply the principles of evidence law
BSBLEG511 Apply legal principles in criminal law matters
BSBSUS401 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
BSBLEG510 Apply legal principles in family law matters
BSBLEG512 Apply legal principles in property law matters
Frequently Asked Questions
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Before gaining entry to a course, why do I need a Unique Student Identifier (USI)? How do I obtain one?
All students are required to have a USI, before their enrolment is confirmed. If you have not created your USI and are intending to study, you should create your free USI now. Get more information by visiting You will need to have proof of your identity to complete the process. Once you have a USI you will have a secure online record of your nationally recognised training which you can access anytime and anywhere. If you have any questions, or need assistance creating your USI, please contact TAFEnow by phone or chat.
What qualifications or experience are recommended to meet the course’s entry requirements?

You would need Year 10 or equivalent, or relevant qualifications or vocational experience. Although there are no prerequisites, if you have not studied any law units previously, it would be very beneficial to commence with the Certificate IV in Legal Services.

Two units in the Certificate IV in Legal Services , BSBLEG301 - Apply knowledge of the legal system to complete tasks and BSBLEG413 - Identify and apply the legal framework, provide an informative introduction to the Australian Legal System and how it operates. Students would benefit by undertaking the Introduction to the Australian Legal System to complete these units prior to Diploma entry.
At a minimum, what computer skills and software do I require for my course?
You don't have to be a computer whiz to succeed in online learning, but you should be comfortable typing, using the internet and email, chatting to your teachers or others online, reading course content online, using common software and performing other basic tasks. Minimum specifications for your computer are:
  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later, or Mac OS X or above
  • Microsoft Office or equivalent
  • Up-to-date internet browser
You may also need access to a printer/scanner to print and scan documents for uploading. A mobile phone with camera will suffice to photograph documents. The following free software may assist:
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Adobe Flash Player
Is there benefit in completing both Certificate IV in Legal Services and Diploma of Legal Services?

There is a clear benefit to completing both Certificate IV in Legal Services and Diploma of Legal Services. You will have a very well-rounded, more extensive understanding of Australian law. For example, amongst other units, you will study contract law, tort law and evidence law in the Certificate IV course and family law, criminal law and property law in the Diploma course.

Not only will this be impressive on your CV, it will also provide you with ready knowledge if you commence working with a Firm or Department that practices specifically in that particular area. In that way, doing both courses may 'open more doors' for your career.
How will I contact TAFEnow if I’m having a problem? How long will it take to get a response?
If you are having trouble accessing your course resources or navigating the TAFEnow website after enrolling, you should contact one of our Customer Help Officers on 1300 823 366. They are available Monday to Thursday 8am to 8pm and 8am to 5pm on Fridays.
If your query is specific to a unit you are studying and requires a subject matter expert, you should contact your unit facilitator. Their contact details are located on every unit. You should make contact via email. If you require over the phone support and appointment can be requested.
If I complete Certificate IV in Legal Services, do I receive any credit if I enrol in the Diploma of Legal Services?
You do receive credit if you complete Certificate IV in Legal Services and then enrol in the Diploma of Legal Services. Two units, namely Apply the principles of evidence law (BSBLEG417) and Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices (BSBSUS301) are electives in both courses. Therefore, you would receive credit for these units. You would then only need to complete 8 of the 10 units for Diploma of Legal Services.
Is there tutor support available after hours?
TAFEnow has teamed up with the national service YourTutor to offer students live online help with things like essay and report writing, study skills and referencing. You can make contact with a tutor from 3pm to 11pm Sunday to Friday, via your Moodle course page or drop off a writing file and receive feedback in less than 24 hours. Watch this short, informative video for more information.
This service is additional to the specific subject help that your unit facilitator can provide.
How much time should I study this course for each week (on average) to complete in the required time?
This course will take around 6 hours a week to complete over 24 months, based 48 weeks of participation. If you have industry experience and knowledge may find you complete more rapidly.
How will I access extra course resources or talk to a librarian?
If you want make contact with a TAFEnow librarian to access further course resources, go to Then type in your reference query. A librarian on chat will show you how to search the library catalogue and how to use our specialised subject guides to find extra information for assessments.
What if I need a full-time course?
Completion of this course in 9 months is considered full-time participation. On enrolment, please let our Customer Help team know that you need to study full-time. They will adjust the time frame of your enrolment to reflect a full-time study load and can then provide you with a Confirmation of Enrolment form for Centrelink.
How will I send in my assessment tasks?
Once you enrol you will work from the learning platform of our website. Your course information will tell you what assessment events you are required to and provide instructions on how to upload them so your assessor gets them. If you are asked to send video or audio evidence for an assessment you can upload it to YouTube, Vimeo or DropBox and just upload the URL to the course website so we know where to look.
What will this course qualify me to do and what type of jobs will I be able to get? What is the future outlook like for jobs in this field?
Diploma level students are expected to take a leading role in managing people and business systems, especially in small businesses. Jobs which you would be ready for on completion include:
  • Legal services support officer
  • Executive assistant
  • Senior legal secretary
  • Paralegal
Future job prospects for these roles are outlined here in the Australian Government’s Job Outlook.
What happens if I fail a unit or an assessment event? What is TAFEnow’s re-submission policy?
Your teacher/assessor will provide feedback on your assessment event and will let you know if you have met the requirements. If you have not met the requirements, you will have one extra attempt to resubmit your assessment and get it to the required standard to become competent in this unit. If you do not succeed in your second attempt a fee may be charged for an assessor to mark your third submission.
On completion of this course, what is the pathway to further study?
Once you complete the diploma you may be able to gain credit towards university studies at a variety of universities.
Can I transfer to a campus class if I struggle online?
Before considering a change it is best to discuss your options with TAFEnow’s Educational Support Officers who may be able to arrange additional support for your studies. If your course is available at an NC TAFE campus you may be able to transfer. Please contact the customer contact centre.
Will I need to buy any text books or other equipment for this course?
No, all resources are online.
If I do a course with TAFEnow, can I get an extension on my visa?
You must apply for a visa extension directly with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. TAFEnow can provide you with a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) once you’ve enrolled in a course as proof of your student status, but is unable to assist with your visa application.
I’m currently living overseas, is it okay for me to do this course?
Yes, you can do this course from overseas, but please be aware that it conforms to Australian legal practices and standards.
Course Fees

Subsidised Student Fee VSL

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This training is subsidised by the NSW Government and eligibility criteria apply.

This fee is the price you pay if you are completing your second qualification and meet eligibility criteria. The fee you pay may be lower or higher depending on your personal circumstances and eligibility for a subsidised place, a concession or an exemption. There may be limited government-subsidised places available.

If you do not gain a subsidised place, you may be able to enrol and pay the non-subsidised fee.
You may also be eligible for a VET Student Loan to assist with the cost of the course fee.

Contact us:

  • to find out if you are eligible for a subsidised place.
  • for a personal fee assessment.
  • to discuss payment options and loans available to you.
Course prices, charges, and study modes are subject to change without notice and may vary annually.


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An exemption is where no course fee is charged to the student. For exemptions, the government-subsidises the total cost of the course fee for the qualification. There may be other additional costs, such as textbooks that you need to pay.

You may be eligible for an exemption from the course fee if you:

  • are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander (through descent, self-identification or community identification).
  • meet the Smart and Skilled disability criteria, (proof of a disability support pension or documentary evidence from an appropriate medical professional is required).
  • are the recognised dependent of disability support pension recipient.
Contact us:
  • to find out if you are eligible for a course fee exemption.
  • for a personal fee assessment.
  • to discuss payment options and loans available to you for any additional costs.
Course prices, charges, and study modes are subject to change without notice and may vary annually.

Fee for Service

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There are no fee exemptions, concessions or subsidies available for this price. You are required to contribute to the full cost of your course. Your tuition fee includes all essential study materials.
Extra study resources may be available to enhance your learning and will attract an additional charge.
You may also be eligible for a VET Student Loan for some Diploma and Advanced Diploma level courses.
Contact us:

  • for a personal fee assessment.
  • to discuss payment options and loans available to you.
Course prices, charges, and study modes are subject to change without notice and may vary annually.

Your government subsidised fee, and your eligibility for concessions, exemptions and scholarships, are all calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. The 2017 subsidised fees indicated on this page are indicative only and based on 2016 fees. The state government may make some small changes to fees and subsidies for 2017 enrolments and we will update our site if and when that happens.
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At a glance

Course Code: BSB52215
Course Duration: 24 months
Units: 10
Recognition: Nationally
Cost: $6,000
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