Queensland Law Society

Legal support staff qualifications

“The course was a fantastic introduction to areas of law and other procedures. It is a great starting point for anyone who may want to see if they might be suited to law without the pressure or expense of enrolling in a degree course.”Paralegal, Queensland Government

Please note that we are not taking any new enrolments in this qualification.

Make 2017 your best year for practice success – invest in yourself or your staff by completing a Certificate IV in Legal Services or a Diploma of Legal Services. Legal support staff provide critical administrative and business support to law practices. Our nationally recognised qualifications empower staff and boost productivity, raising the performance of your firm.

In order to obtain the qualifications, students are required to complete the following units:

  • Certificate IV in Legal Services - total of 12 units (8 core and 4 elective) within 24 months for full-time employees or within 48 months for part time employees
  • Diploma of Legal Services - total of 10 units (4 core and 6 elective) within 36 months for full-time employees or within 72 months for part time employees.

Queensland Law Society partners with AIMET to deliver these courses. Click here to view AIMET's Student Handbook and policies.

Benefits for support staff

“I feel I have a better understanding of legal procedures assisting me.”Personal Assistant, Small Firm

  • Gain formal qualifications to anchor your work experience
  • Increase your value to an organisation through formal training
  • All learning is conducted remotely – no face-to-face classes
  • Advanced training increases job satisfaction.

Benefits for firms

“I believe it has improved my work performance having a wider knowledge in the law area.”Administration Assistant, Large Law Firm

  • Legal support staff provide critical support to legal practitioners and law practices
  • Empowered and rewarded support staff boost productivity and raise the overall performance of a firm
  • Students are able to begin the course at any time and, with no face-to face-classes, students are able to undertake these courses from any location.

Prerequisites and enrolment

Please note that we are not taking any new enrolments in this qualification.

These courses provide students with the skills and knowledge to provide support in a range of legal service settings. There are no entry requirements for these qualifications. 

Courses are delivered in a self-study format in the form of reading materials with review exercises, plus formal assessment questions and exercises. Students can enrol in the entire course, or in individual units.


Course costs are $4,400 (including GST) per student.

Funding may be available for BSB42215 Certificate IV in Legal Services and BSB52215 Diploma of Legal Services students who enrol within 3 months (full time) or 12 months (part time) of starting their employment. More information on federal funding can be found here.

More information about studying with QLS including costs for the course and for individual units can be found in our Student Guidelines for the Certificate IV and the Diploma.

For more information email learning@qls.com.au.