Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor qualification from an Australian Institution.


The Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, also known as Professional Legal Training (PLT), is the link between your law degree and becoming a practicing lawyer. The PLT program is an alternative to undertaking a legal traineeship for admission in Queensland. Our PLT program is a coursework degree that provides structured and supervised legal training, based on the Competency Standards for entry-level lawyers developed by the admitting authorities and the Australasian Professional Legal Education Council (APLEC).


The PLT program has three components:

  1. Practical Legal Training
    The Practical Legal Training component is led by our PLT legal academics and offered every semester in each of our three different modes of delivery: on campus (full time), online (full time) or online (part-time). For on-campus students, this component is delivered in person and on campus. For online students, it is delivered through intensive sessions on campus and learning online. Online students have the flexibility to complete their online learning from anywhere in Australia or overseas.
  2. Practical Experience
    This component requires that students complete 75 days of work experience under the supervision of a practicing lawyer in an approved law office or organization in Australia. We have a dedicated and experienced career development professional to actively assist you in securing your work placement. Work experience can be undertaken in more than one law office or organization and can be completed prior to or after the Practical Legal Training component. Credit for previous work experience in approved supervised workplaces can be available for up to 40 days. Online part-time students can complete their work experience simultaneously with the Practical Legal Training component.
  3. Continuing Practical Training
    This component provides students with a further 75 hours of training and is completed online. It supports and draws on the knowledge and skills enhanced, honed and learned by students during their work in the Practical Legal Training and Practical Experience components. Students are provided with ongoing, one-on-one support from the PLT Director who acts as their mentor for this component.


Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice will enable you to apply for admission to legal practice in Australia. You should contact the relevant admitting authority to ascertain the requirements for admission in your state or territory. Mutual recognition legislation also facilitates the process of practitioners admitted in one state seeking admission in other Australian jurisdictions. For those seeking to specialize, the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice will provide you with a two subject credit into the Master of Laws.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated July 12, 2019
This course is Online, Campus based
Start Date
Jan 2020
36 weeks
18,333 AUD
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