Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Skills and Ethics
Course code: 3389 ~ Course abbreviation: PDLP(online) ~ Total credit points required: 48 ~ 39 weeks part-time (multimodal) ~ Managing faculty: Law
Study mode and course location
Off-campus (some attendance required at Melbourne city and Clayton campus)
This course is designed to cover the main fields of practice, skills and ethics through a combination of clinical and other methods. On completion, graduates may satisfy the post-degree practical requirements for admission to legal practice in Victoria. They will have to complete two years employment as an employee practitioner before qualifying for a full practising certificate.*
* While Monash Faculty of Law may recognise qualifications for entry to the PDLP course, it is the Council of Legal Education which determines whether particular tertiary qualifications will satisfy the rules for the purpose of admission to practice. Therefore, all applicants intending to qualify to practice should check that their tertiary qualifications comply with these rules prior to commencement of the course.
The course meets the practical legal training (PLT) needs of law graduates seeking admission to legal practice in the State of Victoria. It offers an integrated approach to the learning of relevant law and practice, the acquisition of generic and lawyering skills and the enhancing of ethical awareness. Each area of study will focus on the skills and understandings relevant to that element of the course, including learning strategies, briefs to counsel, underlying concerns and priorities, negotiation and advocacy, practice management and accounts and handling ethics and values. Graduates will have enhanced their broad and critical understanding of knowledge already gained, and their intellectual and social skills, in order to encourage and enable a continuing professional approach to work, community responsibilities and personal development..
The diploma is organised around eight sequential coursework units allocated to practice fields, together with a clinical unit which runs for the full duration of the course.
Plus electives as indicated below.