Diploma of Australian Law - CM56

Designed for qualified lawyers and law students enrolled in an overseas law degree to provide the necessary knowledge, skills and attributes required to meet the standards for admission as a lawyer in Australia.






1 years full-time, 2 years part-time




There are no prior study recommendations.  This course is only available to Law graduates or students enrolled in a Bachelor of Laws in another country.

The Diploma of Australian Law is designed for qualified lawyers and law students enrolled in an overseas law degree to provide the necessary knowledge, skills and attributes required to meet the standards for admission as a lawyer in Australia.

During your studies, you will have the opportunity to learn about legal procedures, key legislation, and the common law in the areas of knowledge required for admission (knowns as the 'Priestley 11') as well as other law units that may further advance your knowledge and understanding, interpretation and application of the law in Australia. Legal skills and ethical requirements also feature throughout to ensure you are equipped for legal practice in Australia. This course is offered in a flexible and convenient online study format from any location.

Prior to enrolment, students must apply to the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board in Queensland for an assessment of their qualifications. one of the Australian admitting authorities to be able to identify which of the prescribed areas of knowledge (known as the 'Priestley 11') they must undertake to be able to cross-qualify as a lawyer in Australia and ensure they undertake the relevant units from the list of core and elective units provided in this course. The Board will provide a letter specifying which Priestley 11 knowledge areas are required to be completed. In applying for the Diploma of Australian Law, credit will be given for those Priestley 11 knowledge areas the Board acknowledges have been achieved, with the remaining knowledge areas to be completed making up the structure of the Diploma of Australian Law to be undertaken by the student. Admission in Queensland entitles an individual to apply for a practising certificate in any other Australian state or territory.

Core Units 4 Major Units None
Electives 4 Minor Units None

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Online Availability

Term 1 - 2024Available Online
Term 2 - 2023Available Online
Term 2 - 2024Available Online
Term 3 - 2023Available Online
Term 3 - 2024Available Online
Majors and minors are not applicable to this course.
No information available at this time.
This course has no residential schools.
Entry scores are not applicable for this course.

To be eligible for entry into this course, students must meet one of the following requirements:

  • A completed Bachelor of Laws degree, completed outside of Australia, which is equivalent to an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Bachelor degree, or higher equivalent law qualification; or
  • Completed equivalent of one-year full-time study of an overseas Bachelor of Laws degree, which is equivalent to an AQF level Bachelor degree, or higher equivalent law qualification.

English Language Proficiency Requirements:

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:

  • A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent);
  • An Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) diploma level qualification or equivalent; or
  • Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above, you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores as below:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall & minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); or
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46; or
  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study and must appear on a single result certificate.

Each student will be assessed individually.

Security Requirements

No information available at this time.

Health Requirements

No information available at this time.

Assumed Knowledge

There are no prior study recommendations.  This course is only available to Law graduates or students enrolled in a Bachelor of Laws in another country.

If you have graduated with a Bachelor of Laws outside Australia or you are currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Laws overseas and you wish to cross-qualify as a lawyer in Australia, this course is designed to facilitate this process. This course offers all of the 11 areas of knowledge required for admission as a lawyer in Australia (known as the 'Priestley 11') in a format that enables you to select the areas of knowledge that the relevant admissions body has directed you to undertake in order to meet their admission requirements, while also enabling you to gain credit for this study in the form of an undergraduate diploma. Potential fields of employment include solicitor, barrister, government legal officer, judicial officer, in-house counsel, diplomat, and politician.

Professional recognition is not applicable to this course.
2023 Indicative Fees
Fee TypeFees
International Indicative First Term Fee$15,840.00
International Indicative First Year Fee$31,680.00

Please note the following important information:

  • Fees are in Australian dollars (A$).
  • Fees are indicative only and do not cover additional costs such as textbooks, accommodation, visa applications, OSHC, general living etc.
  • Fees are based on a full-time study load and the final fee payable will be determined by your selection of units and if any credit was awarded for recognition of prior learning.
  • The University reserves the right to amend fees at any time during the course. Fees are reviewed yearly and may increase in the following year to enable CQUniversity to continue to provide quality services and facilities to students.
  • Courses are subject to change at the discretion of the University.
  • It is your responsibility to make yourself aware of the entry requirements and prerequisites of the courses you wish to undertake.
  • The typical annual fee shown provides an estimate of the tuition fees for the first year of the course in the same academic year. This estimate assumes a full-time study load of 4 units per term (based on two terms).
  • Students not on an Australian student visa can only undertake courses online from an overseas location.
  • Courses undertaken online may be studied on a full-time or part-time mode.
  • International students studying on-campus in Australia may take no more than 33 per cent of their entire course by online education, and this option cannot be taken in its entirety during a compulsory term (Term 1 and Term 2).

Please refer to our international course fees page.

Scholarships are not available for this course.

Tertiary Admission Centre codes are not applicable for this course.

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