Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice

College of Law, The

Practical Legal Training (PLT) is a structured training program designed to help students develop the practical, day-to-day skills they will need as an entry-level lawyer. Completion of a PLT program is the second essential step to being admitted as a lawyer - the first being the law degree. After completing the PLT, students will be awarded a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GDLP). This means they will be eligible to apply for admission as a legal practitioner in their state or territory.

Entry Requirements:

Bachelor of Laws or equivalent


The course consists of 3 components: coursework, work experience and continuing professional education.

Subjects you can Study:

Legal practice

Who for:

Law graduates seeking to complete Practical Legal Training for admission purposes

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Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Melbourne No info Yes Online
Brisbane No info Yes Online
Melbourne No info Yes Part time 0.5 year
Perth No info Yes Full time 15 weeks
Sydney No info Yes Online
South Australia No info Yes Part time 0.5 year
Melbourne No info Yes Full time 15 weeks
Brisbane No info Yes Part time 0.5 year
Sydney No info Yes Part time 0.5 year
South Australia No info Yes Full time 15 weeks
Perth No info Yes Online
Brisbane No info Yes Full time 15 weeks
Sydney No info Yes Full time 15 weeks
South Australia No info Yes Online
Perth No info Yes Part time 0.5 year
The College of Law is the school of professional practice for lawyers in Australia and New Zealand. They provide career-long education and training services to the legal profession, differentiated by a focus on practical law.

The College is unique in having campuses in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Auckland as well as providing onsite training in key regional centres. They have over 140 teaching and support staff in total reflecting their commitment to the ongoing development of the legal profession in both countries.

Graduates of all law schools in Australia and New Zealand come to The College to undertake a comprehensive program of practical legal training, leading to admission into the profession. They have trained over 60,000 law graduates and are now the largest provider in both countries.

For those practitioners interested in career and practice development, the College offers fully-accredited postgraduate applied law programs. These can be taken at the Graduate Diploma or Master level or as single subjects. The LLM (Applied Law) focuses on the practical delivery of legal services in order to improve client outcomes. They are conducted primarily online in order to meet the needs of busy practitioners.

Subjects and majors are available in the following practice areas: Commercial Litigation; Commercial Transactions; Dispute Resolution; Estate Planning; Family Law; Government & Public Sector Law; In-house Practice; Legal Practice Management; Property Law; Wills & Estates.

The Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution Practice (FDRP) is designed to meet the educational requirements leading to accreditation by satisfying the six core competencies prescribed by the Attorney General. Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners come from a variety of backgrounds. Students do not need to practise family law or even be a lawyer to enrol.

FEE-HELP is available for eligible students (Australian citizens).

Provider CRICOS: 03155A (NSW)

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