Diploma of Legal Services

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who possess a sound theoretical knowledge base and use a range of specialised, technical or managerial competencies to plan and carry out work in a legal context in accordance with legislation, regulations and codes of practice relevant to the different jurisdictions.

Job roles

Job roles and titles vary across different industry sectors. Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:

executive assistant

legal services support officer


senior legal secretary.


Total number of units = 10

4 core unitsplus

6 elective units

4 elective units must be selected from the elective units listed below.

The remaining 2 elective units may be selected from the elective units listed below, or any currently endorsed Training Package or accredited course at the same qualification level. If not listed below 1 elective unit may be selected from either a Certificate IV or Advanced Diploma qualification.

Elective units must be relevant to the work outcome, local industry requirements and the qualification level.

Core units

add topic BSBCOM501B Identify and interpret compliance requirements

add topic BSBCMM501A Develop and nurture relationships

add topic BSBLED503A Maintain and enhance professional practice

add topic BSBRES502A Research legal information using secondary sources

Elective units

add topic BSBLEG510A Apply legal principles in family law matters

add topic BSBLEG511A Apply legal principles in criminal law matters

add topic BSBLEG512A Apply legal principles in property law matters

add topic BSBLEG513A Apply legal principles in corporation law matters

add topic BSBLEG514A Assist with civil procedure

add topic BSBLEG515A Apply legal principles in wills and probate matters

add topic BSBSUS301A Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic BSBSUS501A Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability


    Qualification pathways

    Entry requirements

    There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

    Pathways into the qualification

    Preferred pathways for candidates considering this qualification include:

    after achieving BSB40110 Certificate lV in Legal Services or other relevant qualifications in addition to competency in BSBITU307A Develop keyboarding speed and accuracy


    providing evidence of the completion of all units of competency required for BSB40110 Certificate IV in Legal Services as well as evidence of competency in BSBITU307A Develop keyboarding speed and accuracy


    with vocational experience in a range of settings without a formal business qualification.

    Pathways from the qualification

    After achieving BSB50110 Diploma of Legal Services, candidates may undertake a range of advanced diploma qualifications.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification considerations

There is no direct link between this qualification and licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements. However, where required, a unit of competency will specify relevant licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements that impact on the unit.

Employability Skills


BSB50110 Diploma of Legal Services

The following table contains a summary of the employability skills required by industry for this qualification. The employability skills facets described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on qualification packaging options.

Employability skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


attending court and presenting information

communicating outcomes to clients in a clear and simple manner

communicating with internal and external clients in formal meetings requiring excellent interviewing, presentation and negotiating skills

creating complex reports from research and analysis of a wide range of information


identifying and utilising team member strengths

mentoring as required

working closely with legal practitioners and others to research, collect, collate and present information


applying financial skills for costing complex files, invoicing and maintaining trust accounts

interpreting court rulings

using discretion and judgement while working within codes of conduct

working under supervision to resolve issues with clients and responding to changing situations

Initiative and enterprise

being creative and providing innovative solutions to complex issues

responding to new and changing circumstances to ensure accurate and timely advice

Planning and organising

arranging meetings and allocating resources to ensure organisational requirements are met

collecting, collating and analysing information using appropriate workplace systems

planning for contingencies and strategising to meet client needs

preparing detailed documentation


keeping paperwork up-to-date and organising information according to organisational and legal requirements

managing own time and priorities and dealing with contingencies

understanding limits of own responsibility


mentoring others to develop skills and knowledge required in a legal practice

responding positively to learning opportunities and managing own education


selecting and using:

business technology, such as email, websites, voice mail, audio cassettes, computers and software

online services to communicate, research and report