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The nationally recognised BSB42215 Certificate IV in Legal Services will train you to research legal information, produce legal documents and apply legal principles in various contexts. Throughout your course, you will have access to the latest learning materials, experienced trainers and Open Colleges renowned student support to give you every chance of success.
This self-paced course is delivered online, making it ideal for students with work or family responsibilities.
If you are an existing worker or have experience in the related industry, please inform our enrolment consultants during your enrolment conversation as you may be eligible to enrol as an existing worker and may be able to complete your studies faster.
Potential career outcomes
Legal Assistant/Assistant Paralegal
Legal Support for Recruitment Consultant
Legal Support Officer
When you enrol in this course you will also receive:
Be Competent in Complex Legal Documents: Word 2007 textbook
While there are no formal entry requirements for this qualification, preferred pathways for candidates considering entry into this qualification include:
School Certificate or equivalent OR
Relevant qualifications such as BSB31015 Certificate III in Business Administration (Legal) OR
Relevant vocational experience.
You will need to be at least 18 years old.
This course involves reading and undertaking a range of written assessments, as well as engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 10 level.
If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 10 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:
Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate II level or higher; or
2 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication
Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. See the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided to you by Open Colleges.
You will need access to a computer and the internet and have basic computing skills. Minimum specifications for your computer are:
Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
Broadband internet connection
2GB of RAM
CD-ROM or DVD drive
Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher
Access to printer and associated software
Access to scanner and associated software
Digital imaging software
File compression software
Microsoft Windows 7 or higher (Windows 8 recommended)
1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)
Mac OS users:
Mac OSX v10.5 or higher (Mac OSX v10.6 recommended)
1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)
To successfully complete this course, you will require basic computing skills. This includes:
Creating, saving and editing Microsoft Office documents
Accessing and searching the internet
Downloading and saving documents from websites
Uploading documents through websites
Participating in online discussions
Connecting digital cameras and downloading and storing images and audio files
Connecting digital video devices and downloading and storing videos
Compressing image, audio and video files.
Language, Literacy and Numeracy
Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies. You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.
Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements. Please download the course guide for current information about the course and its status.
Produce complex legal documents
Establish document design and structure
Develop precedents for document design
Prepare to produce documents
Prepare to print documents
Save file and exit system
Identify and apply the legal framework
Identify sources of law
Identify and analyse relationships between the Federal and the states and territories governments
Differentiate between civil and criminal proceedings
Examine elements of adversary trial system
Examine elements of precedent
Conduct work within a compliance framework
Identify individual compliance requirements
Interpret individual compliance requirements
Ensure individual compliance
Identify and adapt to changes in compliance requirements
Implement effective communication strategy
Identify and apply appropriate communication techniques
Determine action to be taken
Review outcomes of communication
Establish and maintain a file in legal services
Initiate preliminary file activities
Carry out conflict of interest check
Contact other persons about the file
Undertake legal process according to plan
Facilitate file administration and closure
Research legal information using primary sources
Receive and process request for information
Identify information sources
Prepare to extract information
Ensure information meets request
Compose report or correspondence
Prepare to format report or correspondence
Finalise report or correspondence
Apply the principles of contract law
Determine the nature and meaning of contract
Determine the principles of contract law
Enhance professional practice through application of relevant principles of contract law
Distinguish between a contract being discharged or breached
Apply the principles of the law of torts
Define nature and meaning of law of torts
Identify principles of the law of torts
Apply relevant elements of tort
Identify remedies for breaches of law of torts
Maintain trust accounts
Check that trust funds are adequate
Draw cheques against trust account
Prepare documentation upon completion of legal matter
Apply the principles of evidence law
Define nature and meaning of evidence law
Identify principles of evidence law
Enhance professional practice through application of relevant principles of evidence law
Identify relevant and admissible evidence
Apply legal principles in family law matters
Identify laws related to family law
Apply principles of family laws in relation to marriage dissolution, property settlement and dealing with minors
Identify and prepare appropriate costing documentation
Prepare and despatch documentation
Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
Investigate current practices in relation to resource usage
You can choose to pay your course fees in full upon enrolment and benefit from a 15% discount (unless otherwise advertised).
Pay 50% & Payment Plan Combo
You can also choose to pay 50% of your total course fees upon enrolment and the balance on a Payment Plan. When you do, you’ll benefit from 50% of the standard Pay in Full discount (unless otherwise advertised).
You can choose to pay for your course in weekly or fortnightly instalments. By paying in instalments, you can schedule your payments around your regular outgoings and get ahead without breaking the bank. Open Colleges payment plans are interest-free.
zipMoney Payment Plan
If you need a little more flexibility with your finances and would like to pay off your course fees over a longer period of time, we can assist by organising zipMoney to pay your course fees directly to us on your behalf, and you pay this loan back to zipMoney over an agreed period of time. zipMoney provides you flexible options of selecting a 24, 36 or 48 months interest-free, payment plan (dependant on which course you’re enrolling into) to suit your lifestyle, giving you more flexibility than ever before.
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