This course is ideal for people interested in law who want to work in a legal office. It also suits those already in the industry wanting to advance their career or gain a qualification. Successful participants should gain the necessary knowledge and skills to work as a law clerk in a law firm, corporation or government department.
Full-time: 2 years
Part-time: 5 years
Excellent written communication skills. Comprehension skills and the ability to apply analytical skills
are also highly desirable. Successful completion of Year 12, relevant experience or mature age entry.
Application should be made through VTAC but may also be made directly to the Institute.
Year 1 – Modules
Law of torts
To provide a detailed knowledge and skills in the Law of Torts as might be relevant for a person
engaged in the operation of a legal office, or associated fields in the public or corporate sectors.
To provide detailed knowledge and skills of the Australian legal system as might be relevant for a
person working in a legal office, or associated fields in the public or corporate sectors.
Law of contract
To provide a detailed knowledge of contract law as might be relevant to a person working in a legal office, private or public sector organisation or other area requiring a specialised knowledge of contract law principles and to enable the learner to evaluate contractual issues in both social and domestic, and commercial environments.
To provide detailed examination and analyse skills of criminal law as might be relevant to a person
working in a legal office, for a legal aid provider or government department or in a criminal justice
context and incorporates a study of criminal procedure, substantive aspects of criminal offences as
defined in legislation and at common law and evaluation of law reform issues.
To provide knowledge and skills in the field of Family Law and the related fields of de facto
relationships, enforcement of Family Court orders and related matters as skills desirable for a person engaged in the operation of a legal office, citizens’ advice bureaux or similar information service.
To provide detailed knowledge of property law as might be relevant to a person working in a legal
office, conveyancing office, financial institution or lending mortgage department, government
department, or other allied area requiring thorough knowledge of Property Law, concepts and
applications, including analysis of estates and interests, mortgages, easement and covenant,
tenancies, and adverse possession.
Consumer protection law
To enable the learner to identify and examine the area of the law which relates to consumers, sellers and manufacturers as skills relevant to working in a legal office, a Legal Aid provider, government department, financial institution or other area dealing with consumers, suppliers of goods or services or manufacturers.
Develop keyboard skills
This covers the development of basic keyboard skills using touch typing techniques.
Design and develop text documents
The unit covers design and development of predominantly text-based documents using advanced
features of document design software.
Create and use simple spreadsheets
This unit covers creating and using simple spreadsheets and charts through the use of spreadsheet software.
Create and use databases
This unit covers the creation of simple data tables, forms, reports and queries to create a simple
database that is used for storage and retrieval of information.
Produce texts from audio transcription
This unit covers transcribing audio tapes and producing accurate texts from the transcriptions.
Maintain workplace safety
This unit is concerned with OHS responsibilities of employees with supervisory responsibilities, to
implement and monitor the organisation's Occupational Health and Safety policies, procedures and
programs in a small team in order to meet legislative requirements.
Year 2 - Modules
Law of evidence
To provide learners with detailed knowledge and skills in the rules of evidence and procedure as they apply to civil and criminal trials as might be relevant to a person working in a legal office, an insurance company or associated fields in the public or corporate sectors. Knowledge of the rules of evidence will enable analysis and evaluation of evidence available in connection with the preparation of a case for trial.
To provide the learner with the knowledge and skills in particular areas of commercial law, including
partnerships, bankruptcy, business names, franchises and trusts, relevant to a person working in a
legal office, private or public sector department, where a thorough knowledge of those areas is
To provide students with a knowledge of the major areas of administrative law including the structure of the government in Australia, the legal restraints on the use of government power, methods of review of government decisions and access to government information as might be relevant for a person working in a legal office, government department or agency or organisation having dealings with government departments or agencies.
To provide skills in the field of land contract law as might be relevant to a person working in a legal
office, conveyancing department or office, financial institution or bank loans or mortgage department or other allied area requiring a comprehensive knowledge of the documents and procedure encountered in conveyancing transactions for the sale and purchase of Victorian land, and the effect of the relevant and associated legislation.
Legal research method
To provide learners with the knowledge and skills necessary to undertake research as might be
required of a person working in a legal office or in associated fields in the public or corporate sectors.
To provide skills and knowledge in the area of litigation and civil procedure including the structure,
procedure and operation of the courts in Victoria.
Probate and administration
To provide and develop specialised skills in particular areas of Wills and Deceased Estates as might
be desired for a person engaged in the operation of a legal office, or associated fields in the public or corporate sectors.
Prepare and produce complex legal documents
This unit covers using either a range of advanced functions from at least one software package, or
integrating functions from at least two software packages to produce complex documents.
To provide a detailed knowledge of the laws relating to employment that would be relevant to a person working in a legal office, government department or other allied areas.
Practice in a legal environment
To provide learners with knowledge and skills to initiate the client file, take instructions and provide required legislative information, consult with internal/external specialist(s), and prepare, develop and manage legal documents, to ensure that all necessary information is obtained and that documentation accurately reflects the client’s needs.
Plan and develop a business website
This unit covers the planning, developing and evaluating of the business aspects of a website and
integration of the website into business operations.
Apply the principles of confidentiality and security
This unit covers the use of ethical behaviour when dealing with sensitive and confidential information in a legal environment. This unit is based on the generic principles stated in the State's Legal Practice Acts.
Assist in prioritising and planning activities in a legal practice
This unit covers assisting others (for example, Partner, Solicitor, Fee Earner, Human Resources
Manager, External Client) to organise a legal schedule. This involves arranging appointments and
other activities based upon court dates and required legislative timelines.
Work placement is a major component of the legal practice course so students are able to apply
classroom acquired skills to a real working environment. Chisholm staff are fully trained in their area of expertise and maintains relationships in the legal profession to ensure training delivery reflects real industry needs. Graduates can pursue further study and articulate into university degree courses.
Graduates will be prepared to pursue a career as a law clerk, legal office administrator or legal
secretary in many different areas of law. Career opportunities may also be pursued as court
administrative staff, conveyancing clerks and positions within the police service.