Is this course suitable for you?

The course is designed to be especially suitable for part-time students, including country and interstate residents. Many find previous study, and also work experience, particularly in a law-related area to be advantageous.

A study of law demands intensive reading and reflecting, and the development of particular skills in comprehension, analysis and the presentation of argument. Clarity of thinking and expression is the mark of a successful law student and lawyer.

Together with attending lectures, students are required to undertake assignments, use the LEC's webcampus and library resources, and to attend library research seminars. You will need to have an email address, a regular internet connection and a computer that is capable of accessing the electronic resources that are made available.

Students need to possess initiative and a strong motivation towards self-directed study in order to succeed in the Diploma in Law. Most of the teachers are practitioners who are not generally accessible to the students outside of lectures. Unlike university faculties the LEC does not have full-time academic staff.

Pressure of work, time management and the difficulties of a new discipline mean that a relatively high proportion of students experience difficulty with the early subjects.

The amount of study time you need to allocate to each subject is difficult to estimate, but in very general terms you should anticipate more than three hours of study for each hour of teaching time.

Additional time is required for assignment preparation. Don't underestimate the workload, particularly if you are working full time or have not undertaken formal studies for many years, have not studied a law subject previously, are managing a family or if English is a second language.

Prospective students who have a disability are encouraged to contact the Board to discuss what relevant assistance may be available to them.

Our students

The student cohort is broad and diverse and reflects the philosophy underlying the course, that of making the study of law available to all who have the aptitude to undertake it. Ages range from school leavers through mature age to seniors. Many have English as a second language.

Entry to the course is accessible to many, however its rigour means that many do not progress past the first substantive subject encountered early in the curriculum.

There are usually around 1,300 students undertaking the course. Usually more than 70% of them have entered through one of the graduate categories with most of those holding a university degree. Around 10% come in through the Higher School Certificate or equivalent category.

Overseas trained lawyers undertake the course in order to qualify to practice in an Australian jurisdiction.

Our graduates

To help you decide if this course is for you, read the stories of some of our graduates here.