The Professional Diploma in Legal Practice is an intensive programme designed to prepare students for entry into legal practice in one or more of the jurisdictions of the member countries of the University.
It is open to any graduate who has successfully passed a programme of legal studies that covered a range of knowledge and skills sufficient to enable students to commence an intensive professional legal practice programme.
Special Admission Requirements:
i) Passed a programme of legal studies deemed by the university to be sufficient to enable the graduate to commence an intensive professional legal practice training programme.
LWD01, LWD02, LWD03, LWD04, LWD05, LWD06, LWD07, LWD08.
The Professional Diploma in Legal Practice consists of:
a) Attendance at the Laucala Campus for at least 90% of the core hours and, for online students, participation in at least 90% of the prescribed activities; and
b) A period of supervised practice of not more than one month with an organization approved by the university; and
c) Completion of eight modules:
i) Performance in each of the modules shall be acknowledged by the awarding of the following grades:
Pas meaning Pass or Competent
IP meaning In Progress
Fail meaning Fail or Not Competent
ii) A provisional grade of IP (meaning In progress) shall be awarded where a student is given an extension of time by the Academic Standards and Quality Committee to complete any work on which assessment for the course is based. Any extension of time may only be up to the last day of lectures of the following semester specified in the University Handbook and Calendar. The provisional grade of IP shall be replaced by an appropriate grade based on the work submitted by a student by the end of the extended period. Where a student has been given a Fail grade, the maximum number of attempts allowed for the programme is two, which consists a first attempt followed by a second attempt if the first is not successful. The decision to permit a third attempt at the programme shall rest with the Chair of the Academic Standards and Quality Committee.
iii) There are no final examinations for the programme. The performance of students shall be assessed entirely by coursework, which shall include oral presentations, written presentations, logs and portfolios of work, file management, attendance and general conduct. The written and oral presentations may include work that has been prepared and work conducted under examination conditions.