Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice

Australian National University (ANU)

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00120C

Designed to equip students with practical legal skills and an understanding of the legal profession, the ANU GDLP builds on the foundational legal knowledge gained in a Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor degree. The ANU GDLP meets the national standards for preparing entry level lawyers for professional legal practice and provides the requisite legal training for gaining admission as a lawyer in Australia.

Designed for

Law graduates wanting to meet legal practice admission requirements


48 units comprising compulsory and elective courses, plus a work placement in the legal profession under the supervision of a lawyer. The first compulsory course is delivered as a 4-day (face-to-face) intensive in a range of locations around Australia, the remaining courses are delivered fully-online.


  • Legal practice

Standard entry requirements

Australian Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Laws (Honours) or Juris Doctor or International qualification assessed as equivalent by an Australian Legal Practitioner Admission Board. The Diploma in Law awarded by the Legal Profession Admission Board is also accepted for admission to this program.


Recognised for direct admission as a Legal Practitioner by all admitting authorities within Australia, with the exception of South Australia. Once admitted in another Australian State or Territory, graduates can apply to transfer to South Australia under reciprocal arrangements.

Study pathways

The Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice provides a pathway to the ANU Master of Legal Practice (MLP). The MLP can be completed in as little as six months after the GDLP.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Canberra Yes
  • Flexible Delivery : 3 years

Fee comments

Campuses: Canberra.

Note that this course is offered to international students by offshore external study only.

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