Course Description

The nationally recognised BSB42215 Certificate IV in Legal Services will train you to research legal information, produce legal documents and apply legal principles in various contexts. Throughout your course, you will have access to the latest learning materials, experienced trainers and Open Colleges renowned student support to give you every chance of success.

This self-paced course is delivered online, making it ideal for students with work or family responsibilities.

Potential career outcomes

  • Legal Assistant/Assistant Paralegal
  • Legal Secretary
  • Legal Support for Recruitment Consultant
  • Legal Support Officer
  • Receptionist
Course number E1064
Qualification name BSB42215 Certificate IV in Legal Services
Course duration Maximum 18 months
Delivery Method Online
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Case studies, Knowledge tests, Multiple choice questions, Portfolio of evidence, Video, Written assessments
Awarded by
  • Open Colleges (Provider number: 90796)


While there are no formal entry requirements for this qualification, preferred pathways for candidates considering entry into this qualification include:
  • School Certificate or equivalent OR
  • Relevant qualifications such as BSB31015 Certificate III in Business Administration (Legal) OR
  • Relevant vocational experience.

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 18 years old.


This course involves reading and undertaking a range of written assessments, as well as engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 10 level.

If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 10 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate II level or higher; or
  • 2 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication

Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. See the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided to by Open Colleges.


You will need access to a computer and the internet and have basic computing skills. Minimum specifications for your computer are:

All users:

  • Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 2GB of RAM
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher.
  • Access to printer and associated software
  • Access to scanner and associated software
  • Digital imaging software
  • File compression software.

Windows users:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher (Windows 8 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Mac OS users:

  • Mac OSX v10.5 or higher (Mac OSX v10.6 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)


To successfully complete this course, you will require basic computing skills. This includes:

  • Creating, saving and editing Microsoft Office documents
  • Accessing and searching the internet
  • Downloading and saving documents from websites
  • Uploading documents through websites
  • Participating in online discussions
  • Connecting digital cameras and downloading and storing images and audio files
  • Connecting digital video devices and downloading and storing videos
  • Compressing image files.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies. You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.

Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements. Please download the course guide for current information about the course and its status.

Module 1

  • Establish document design and structure
  • Develop precedents for document design
  • Prepare to produce documents
  • Prepare to print documents
  • Save file and exit system

Module 2

  • Identify sources of law
  • Identify and analyse relationships between the Federal and the states and territories governments
  • Differentiate between civil and criminal proceedings
  • Examine elements of adversary trial system
  • Examine elements of precedent
  • Examine legislation
  • Identify individual compliance requirements
  • Interpret individual compliance requirements
  • Ensure individual compliance
  • Identify and adapt to changes in compliance requirements

Module 3

  • Receive enquiry
  • Identify and apply appropriate communication techniques
  • Determine action to be taken
  • Review outcomes of communication

Module 4

  • Initiate preliminary file activities
  • Carry out conflict of interest check
  • Open file
  • Contact other persons about the file
  • Undertake legal process according to plan
  • Facilitate file administration and closure
  • Receive and process request for information
  • Identify information sources
  • Prepare to extract information
  • Ensure information meets request
  • Compose report or correspondence
  • Prepare to format report or correspondence
  • Finalise report or correspondence

Module 5

  • Determine the nature and meaning of contract
  • Determine the principles of contract law
  • Enhance professional practice through application of relevant principles of contract law
  • Distinguish between a contract being discharged or breached

Module 6

  • Define nature and meaning of law of torts
  • Identify principles of the law of torts
  • Apply relevant elements of tort
  • Identify remedies for breaches of law of torts

Module 7

  • Check that trust funds are adequate
  • Draw cheques against trust account
  • Prepare documentation upon completion of legal matter

Module 8

  • Define nature and meaning of evidence law
  • Identify principles of evidence law
  • Enhance professional practice through application of relevant principles of evidence law
  • Identify relevant and admissible evidence

Module 9

  • Identify laws related to family law
  • Apply principles of family laws in relation to marriage dissolution, property settlement and dealing with minors
  • Identify and prepare appropriate costing documentation
  • Prepare and despatch documentation

Module 10

  • Investigate current practices in relation to resource usage
  • Set targets for improvements
  • Implement performance improvement strategies
  • Monitor performance



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Pay in full

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ZipMoney Payment Plan

If you need a little more flexibility in your finances, and want to pay off your course fees over a longer period of time, you can switch to a zipMoney payment plan. Essentially, zipMoney pays your course fees for you, and you pay this loan back over 24, 36 or 48 months. As long as you are eligible, you can switch to a zipMoney plan at any time.

Find out more

Brian Duggan

Brian has over 5 years’ experience as a trainer and 14 years’ experience in legal practice. Essentially a General Practitioner and In-House Counsel, he has expertise in civil litigation, commercial, family law, real property, wills and criminal law. Brian holds a BA, LLB, Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice and Certificate IV Workplace Training & Assessment. He is a current member of the Law Society of New South Wales and a Legal Lecturer and Assessor with the College of Law. 

Ean Joyce

Ean is a practising Solicitor in NSW who also holds a Master of Laws degree in criminal prosecutions from the University of Wollongong and various other post-graduate qualifications in law from the Australian National University. He has been actively involved in vocational training for the past 25 years, as a Teacher, Trainer, Assessor and developer of learning materials.
Ean also currently lectures in law at Western Sydney University and within TAFE (NSW), primarily in his interest areas of criminal law, litigation and legal history. He maintains his currency with the industry through the legal practice that he operates with his wife, also a Solicitor. 

Holly Radford

Holly is an enthusiastic and dedicated professional with over 13 years' experience in business administration, account management, marketing and print. She has also been working within the education and training industry since 2013, in both a face-to-face and online capacity, and is passionate about the power of education.

Holly holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Diploma of Business Administration, Diploma of Business, Diploma of Marketing Communication, Certificate IV in Training & Assessment and a Certificate III in Printing & Graphic Arts. She is also currently completing the Diploma of Social Media Marketing.

Roshan Alli

A solicitor for five years, Roshan Alli has the ideal combination of legal and training experience for her role with Open Colleges.

During her legal career, Roshan specialised in property and family law, commercial litigation, and wills and probate. Over the past four years, she has gained considerable experience in teaching, developing and assessing legal services courses.

Roshan's experience is supported by a range of qualifications. In addition to a Bachelor of Law, she has a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice and a Bachelor of Communications (Journalism).

Teaching and interacting with students brings Roshan immense satisfaction.

Included materials

  • Be Competent in Complex Legal Documents: Word 2007 textbook

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