Admission to Practice

Admission to Practice

Important Message

During COVID-19, the Practical Legal Training program will be delivered entirely online. There will be no face-to-face attendance required.

You will be advised of the new arrangements well in advance of the commencement of your program.

Learn more about the new format

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Practical Legal Training (PLT) is a structured training program designed to help you develop the practical, day-to-day skills you will need as an entry-level lawyer.

Leading and in tune with your profession, The College of Law offers the largest range of flexible programs, all purpose-driven to start ensure you have the best start to your career.

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When can i start?

You can start your Practical Legal Training if you have completed all Priestley 11 core subjects of your law degree – with no more than two electives remaining. 

To start your Practical Legal Training before completing your law degree, you will need to seek approval from the admitting authority in your state.


Instructions to start PLT early

Program structure - 3 components

Component 1


Study modes. Compulsory subjects. Electives.


Component 2

Work Experience

Format options. Rules. When you can start. Approval process.

Work Experience

Component 3

Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Legal Series and the Legal Business Skills Series.

Continuing Professional Education


No face-to-face attendance: During COVID-19 we have moved our course entirely online

Online alternative to work experience: New 8-week online program that means you don't need to undertake any work experience to complete your PLT

Locations: Choose from 19 locations throughout Australia

Start dates: With more than 90 courses a year, you don’t have to wait to start your PLT

Flexible study options: 15 week full-time or 30 week part-time options

Career consultations: Meet 1:1 with an experienced Career Adviser, available to answer your career questions.

Dedicated support for the entire course: You’ll receive a dedicated mentor for the entire course duration. Your mentor will be a local legal practitioner.

Guaranteed enrolment: With no offer letters or waiting lists it's easy to plan your admission

Learn by doing: Work through files that simulate what it's like to practise as a lawyer.

Feedback: You will have regular, one-on-one contact with your mentors. They will provide feedback on your work throughout your course.

Reputation: The preferred provider to 5 of Australia's biggest 6 law firms

Support at every career stage: Receive two credits towards our LLM (Applied Law)



Our full-time course is 15 weeks.

Our part-time course is 30 weeks, and a good option for students who work full-time or have other commitments.

fees & payment

Study now, pay later.

FEE-HELP is available for eligible students.

It is a student loan that lets you study now and pay later.

It's provided by the Federal Government, and eligible fee-paying students can use it to pay all or part of their tuition fees


  Australian citizens and permanent residents
PLT with 75 days work experience


PLT with 25 days work experience
(WA only)


PLT with 15 days work experience  



International and overseas citizens fees

Payment options and incidental fees

Tuition assurance



Practical Legal Training (PLT) is a structured training program designed to help you develop the practical, day-to-day skills you will need as an entry-level lawyer.

After completing your PLT, you will be awarded a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GDLP) (CRICOS course code 069734C). This means you will be eligible to apply for admission as a legal practitioner in your state or territory. 

More than 60,000 law graduates over the past 40 years have entrusted The College of Law to prepare them for their future career. 

With a full suite of programs, lifelong discounts, and ongoing alumni events and benefits, we'll be here for you — throughout your legal career.

Student Stories

Student Stories

Cormac Foley, Solicitor, Danny King Legal

"My name is Cormac Foley, and I'm a solicitor at Danny King Legal, where we specialise in employment law. It's a very practical level of law where you are very hands on, dealing with clients on a face-to-face basis, and I really enjoy that."

Cormac Foley

Student Stories

Iman Osman, Legal Advisor, Comcare

"My name is Iman Osman. I'm a solicitor at Comcare. "

Iman Osman

Student Stories

Kiarah Grace Kelly, Collaborative Family Lawyer, Brisbane Family Law Centre

"My name is Kiarah Grace Kelly. I'm a collaborative family lawyer at Brisbane Family Law Centre."

Kiarah Grace Kelly

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