Bachelor of Laws (Swinburne) + Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Leo Cussen) Dual Award

Students who study Law at Swinburne University of Technology are now able to integrate their Law degree with the Leo Cussen Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, giving them the qualifications required to apply to be admitted to practice law as soon as they graduate.

Swinburne is the only Victorian law school to offer this option, making their students career-ready from the day they graduate. 

Swinburne and Leo Cussen share similar teaching philosophies where students benefit from the experience of supportive blended learning environments. The integrated course will produce law graduates who are job ready through practical legal training that is industry relevant.

There are also a diverse range of Swinburne double degree law programs to choose from:

  • Arts
  • Aviation Management
  • Business
  • Business Information Systems
  • Computer Science
  • Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Engineering
  • Innovation and Design
  • Media and Communication

If you already hold an undergraduate degree, the Swinburne Bachelor of Laws is the right degree for you.

This dual award is accredited by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board. This arrangement is open to any Swinburne LLB student, including single degree, double degree and graduate entry.

Learn more about the great range of Swinburne law degrees:

Phone (inside Australia): 1300 275 94

Phone (outside Australia): +61 3 9214 8444

Find out more about the Leo Cussen course in the section below.

Swinburne students – Enrol for the Leo Cussen Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice

Course start date 3 February 2020
Course end date 19 June 2020

Leo Cussen CRICOS provider number: 02224A 

Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice

As part of the Bachelor of Laws (Swinburne) + Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Leo Cussen)

Leo Cussen has an excellent reputation training law graduates for admission to the legal profession since 1972. We are widely recognised by legal employers as providing comprehensive and high quality legal training for entry-level lawyers, with a strong emphasis on practical experience.

Our Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Practical Legal Training) program is focused on ‘learning by doing’, with a rigorous hands-on training program to better prepare you as a lawyer. You will complete exercises to develop your legal practice skills such as advising your client, drafting legal documents and communicating with other parties. You run simulated files, from taking initial instructions through to rendering accounts and sending the closing letter. You will also participate in settlements, negotiations, will signings and court hearings.

Once you complete your Priestly 11 law subjects at Swinburne, and have no more than law two electives outstanding, you can start your Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice through Leo Cussen, giving you a clear and efficient pathway to admission to legal practice.

When you train at Leo Cussen you will learn through:

  • Face-to-face small group instruction
  • Running multiple simulated client files
  • Role plays
  • Self-directed learning
  • Personalised mentoring with an experienced legal practitioner

Course Structure

Compulsory Topics Skills & Values Topics
  • Trust & Office Accounting
  • Lawyer’s Skills
  • Work Management & Business Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Ethics & Professional Responsibility
  • Wellbeing and Resilience
Compulsory Topics Core Practice Topics Topics
  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial & Corporate
  • Property Law
  • Criminal Law

Elective Topics

Choose one elective from group A and one from group B  

Groups Group A Elective Topics
  • Consumer Law
  • Employment & Industrial Relations
  • Wills & Estates
  • Banking & Finance
  • Planning & Environmental Law
Groups Group B Elective Topics
  • Administrative Law
  • Family Law