In the legal sector, writing clearly, concisely and accurately is essential. If you are a legal professional or a writer wanting to hone your legal writing and research skills, this course is ideal for you.
Legal Research and Writing is an online professional development program that will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to research and write legal documentation.
In this online legal research and writing course you will learn how to locate and provide information in response to a request, including analysing information from a number of sources before composing a report for the client.
You will also learn how to research using primary sources of legal information, locating relevant information and writing up a basic summary, as well as draft a variety of legally binding documents to meet particular legal matter requirements, under the instruction of a qualified legal practitioner.
On completion of this course you will feel confident to research and write legal documentation to meet legal requirements.
Unit 1 - Research legal information using primary sources
Receive and process request information
Other party’s rights to receive information
Current and potential clients
Lawyers for opposing parties
Australian privacy principles (APPs)
Clarify client needs
Establish relevant criteria
Assist with a complaint
Seeking a referral
Response methods and format
Type of document needed
Number of responses required
Budget, timeframe and process
Policies and procedures
Responding to requests
Forward request for information
Procedures and protocols
Skills knowledge and procedures
Identify information sources
Research relevant sources
Obtain access to identified sources
Court document and court notices
Regulations to providing details
Treaties conventions and protocols
Internet and media sources
Problems accessing information
Dealing with difficult people
Lack of authority
Backlog at supplier’s end
Prepare to extract information
Locate and extract information
Implement resolutions to problems
Copy extracted information
Obtain and clarify instructions
Security and confidentiality
Arrange resources and information
Check collated document
Maintain integrity of information
Storage of information
Ensure information meets request
Evaluate extracted information
Plan and synopsis for report
Write a clear concise report
Spelling punctuation and grammar
Firm policies and procedures]
Check for accuracy
Review and sign-off
Attach file names and matter numbers
Time recording procedures
Forward report to client
Unit 2 - Produce complex legal documents
Produce complex legal documents
Time frame and process
Document management software
Document design and structure
Design and layout
Facilitate review process
Problem-solving and constraints
Training and documentation
Advanced software functions
Linking data between applications
Spelling grammar numeric data
Numerical address information
Spelling and grammar
Format and style
To do lists
Security and confidentiality
The Australian standard
Policies and procedures
Maintenance and security
Accessibility and safety
Estimated duration 30 Hours
Course Delivery and Start
Start anytime, self-paced and 100% Online
Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
I believe the course was great and there were a number of things that I was able to use and learn. I believe practically that I thought it may be relevant for other areas not just in a law firm. Otherwise, it was well delivered.
J. Clough, Currimundi, QLD | Legal Research and Writing
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support via email;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
Are there any entry requirements or pre-requisites?
There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for entry into this program.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 30 hours. Twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
Yes! The cost for printed materials for this course is $50 per unit.Total cost for optional printed materials is: $100.00. Printed materials are available for purchase at any time and not require to complete this course. Everything you need to complete the course is provided online via our e-learning system.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.