Offering Info

Diploma of Legal Services

  • National Course Code: BSB52215
  • TAFE NSW code: BSB52215-01V02-21ULT-001

Location – Ultimo

Study Type

FT Connected

Course Start Date

03 Feb 2021

Study Commitment

17 Hours per week


17 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government
  • VET Student Loans Available

Course Details

The nationally recognised Diploma of Legal Services equips you with the skills and knowledge to provide high level support in the law sector. Learn to apply legal principles across family law, property law and criminal law specialisations and take your career in legal services to the next level.


Through theory and practical course work, you will learn to:

  • Research legal information using secondary sources
  • Apply legal principles
  • Identify and interpret compliance requirements
  • Develop and nurture relationships
  • Maintain and enhance professional practice


Develop the personal attributes that will help you get ahead:

  • Advanced oral and written communication skills
  • Good time management and organisation skills
  • Resilience and the ability to deal with pressure
  • The ability to work autonomously and in a team
  • A good understanding of ethics


Completing this course will provide you with:

  • A nationally accredited qualification at diploma level
  • Strong pathways to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

Career opportunities:

  • Legal secretary
  • Legal services support officer
  • Legal assistant
  • Paralegal
  • Practice assistant


Consider a degree level qualification after graduating from a Diploma:

  • Bachelor of Business with TAFE NSW Degrees


Legal support jobs are evolving to include high-value tasks such as researching and compiling data for court cases, law office procedures and technology, as well as traditional secretarial duties.

Demand for hybrid or blended paralegal/legal secretaries is also expected to increase as organisations look to streamline legal support functions and improve efficiency.

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol in this course now.


To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you have:

  • Completed the Certificate IV in Legal Services and/or have some experience working in a legal environment
  • Well-developed literacy skills and enjoy reading
  • An interest in legal principles, legislation and the legal process
  • Good organisational skills to identify and find legal documents

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you have:

  • Completion of Certificate IV in Legal Services, a qualification from overseas or 2 years current industry experience.

To register for an information session, head to Students who cannot attend the Information Session please make an online enquiry or contact us on 131 601 for more information about the course!


To find out more about this course, meet our teachers and receive information about enrolment and next steps, attend an information session.

Date Time Location
Wednesday, 20 January 2021 10:00am to 11:00am Ultimo Campus, Building W, Level 5
Wednesday, 20 January 2021 2:00pm to 3:00pm Ultimo Campus, Building W, Level 5
Wednesday, 20 January 2021 6:00pm to 7:00pm Ultimo Campus, Building W, Level 5


This is a Full time blended connected learning course. You will need to attend approximately 17 hours of class, over 3 days a week, for 17 weeks.

You may also be required to complete approximately 53.5 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, research and assignment preparation.

This course is offered by Connected Classroom. This is just like a regular classroom, but teachers and students use the latest video conferencing technologies.

Your teacher can be in one TAFE location, and you can join the class from another TAFE location using video conferencing equipment or a mobile device. You can also join in from a venue in a participating regional community. You will be able to see and talk to your teacher and other students as though they were in the room with you. You will also have access to support to meet your learning needs.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • Have current legal skills and knowledge at Certificate IV level. The Diploma of Legal Services builds on existing legal skills and knowledge.


We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

To keep you safe while studying, some of our face to face classes may be replaced with online or connected learning. We have also modified our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. As restrictions ease, the way you attend your class may change again. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, due to the impacts of COVID-19 there may be a delay or modification in being able to undertake these aspects of your course in the planned timeframe. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled at TAFE NSW Ultimo Campus , Connected Learning Centre on Wednesday, Thursday 9:30am to 4:00pm and Friday 9:30am to 3:00pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


This course is approved for a Commonwealth VET Student Loan (VSL). If you meet the VSL eligibility and academic suitability requirements, you are able to apply to the Commonwealth for a loan to cover all or part of your course fee. We will ask you whether you would like to apply for a VET Student Loan when you enrol and advise you of the process.

To complete your VET Student Loan application, you will need to provide:

  • Your Tax File Number (TFN). If you dont have a TFN, click here for information on how to apply for one. You can complete your loan application with a Certificate of Application for a TFN, but must provide your TFN as soon as it is issued. If you dont provide your TFN before your first census day, you will need to pay the tuition fees for that unit of study.
  • Your Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number (CHESSN) ). If you have previously accessed a loan via the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), either at TAFE or university, you will already have a CHESSN. You must use the same CHESSN whenever you access a student loan. If you dont have CHESSN, we will allocate one on your behalf.
To be eligible for a VET Student Loan, you will need to be assessed as academically suitable to undertake high level VET study. You will need to provide:
  • A copy of your Australian Year 12 Certificate; OR
  • A copy of a certificate showing that you have been awarded a qualification at level 4 or above in the Australian Qualifications Framework (where the language of instruction was English). If you previously completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification at TAFE NSW, just let us know where and when you studied in your application; OR
  • Display competence at Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy through an approved Language, Literacy and Numeracy test. We will let you know if this is required once you apply.
If you intend to apply for a VET Student Loan, its important you know your student obligations.

Find out more about VET Student Loans

Direct payment by Unit of Study instalments is available for this course.

The Units of Study and associated fees for this course are detailed above. Fees are charged on the census day for each Unit of Study. To secure a loan for part or all of your course, you must be eligible and submit a valid application to the Commonwealth for a VET Student Loan. You may withdraw prior to the census date without incurring a fee.


Learn about TAFE NSW Fees

Learn about TAFE NSW Payment/Funding


Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Code Name Start Date End Date Census Date Amount
21ULT01726 UOS 1- BSB52215-21ULT-001-SSVSL 03 Feb 2021 19 Mar 2021 01 Mar 2021 $950.00
21ULT01731 UOS 2- BSB52215-21ULT-001-SSVSL 22 Mar 2021 30 Apr 2021 06 Apr 2021 $950.00
21ULT01734 UOS 3- BSB52215-21ULT-001-SSVSL 03 May 2021 18 Jun 2021 07 Jun 2021 $950.00

Applying with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it. Be sure to read all course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you. As you progress through the application and enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

Find out more about Applying and Enrolling

Core Units
Number Title
BSBCMM501 Develop and nurture relationships
BSBCOM501 Identify and interpret compliance requirements
BSBLED503 Maintain and enhance professional practice
BSBRES502 Research legal information using secondary sources
Elective Units
Number Title
BSBLEG510 Apply legal principles in family law matters
BSBLEG511 Apply legal principles in criminal law matters
BSBLEG512 Apply legal principles in property law matters
BSBLEG513 Apply legal principles in corporation law matters
BSBLEG514 Assist with civil procedure
BSBLEG515 Apply legal principles in wills and probate matters

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

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Course Location

Ultimo, Main Campus
651-731 Harris Street, Ultimo
Phone 131 601

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