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Civil Procedure

  • Qualification:

    Postgraduate unit

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    12 weeks

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    RMIT University

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Course Unit
A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

What you'll learn

About this unit

In this Civil Procedure unit, provided by Open Universities Australia and RMIT University, you will study the complete civil procedure process from start to finish, as well as additional relevant topics such as fees and enforcement.

The unit tackles each stage of proceedings, and will allow you to explore each topic in order to fully understand how civil proceedings take place. This is essential knowledge for anyone who wishes to pursue a legal career, as on completion of the unit you will be confident in understanding how a civil case progresses through the courts, and also how to begin legal proceedings on behalf of a client.

The detailed nature of the unit will provide you with an enhanced overview of the civil courts and legal system - a great asset for future legal employment, and your legal career.

You will also develop your professional competency and practical skills essential for working in the public sector or a commercial environment. You will also learn about careful drafting and the importance of time in legal proceedings.

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To be eligible to enrol, applicants must have successfully completed the following unit:

  • Introduction to the Australian Legal System and Legal Methods

You must also have been accepted into the following course:

  • Juris Doctor, RMIT University

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following course:

  • Juris Doctor, RMIT University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

Areas of study

In this Civil Procedure unit, the topics you will study include:

  • The civil justice system
  • Instituting proceedings
  • Appearance
  • Rules of pleadings
  • Summary disposition
  • Discovery and interlocutory proceedings
  • Disposition without trial
  • The hearing and appeals
  • Costs
  • Enforcement
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Career outcomes

The Civil Procedure unit is essential preparation for a career in the legal sector. You will gain insight into the entire civil procedure system as well as practical experience in each stage of civil legal procedure important preparation for your legal career.

You will also gain advocacy skills, understand the importance of time in legal proceedings and learn about careful drafting of relevant legal documents. This unit is also a useful asset to those who do not wish to pursue a legal career as each of these skills is transferable and demonstrates many important capabilities that are exceptionally important in commercial and public sector roles.

Payment options & support

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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