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Practical Legal Training

Practical Legal Training

AUSTRALIA'S MOST IN-DEMAND PLT PROGRAM

At university, you cover the theoretical. Our Practical Legal Training covers the practical. The tactical, powerful skills employers look for from day one.

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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

 

THE FLEXIBLE FIT

100% online or mixed

Learn where you want with a 100% online program. Or opt for a blended experience with 19 locations in Australia

15 or 30 weeks

Manage your course load with part-time and full-time options

150 intakes a year

Start when you're ready with rolling intake dates throughout the year

Day or night

Learn when you want with workshops available on weekdays and evenings.

 

 

LEARN YOUR WAY

FIND A PROGRAM THAT SUITS YOUR LOCATION, LEARNING STYLE, AND LIFE COMMITMENTS

The blended PLT program combines onsite workshops and online study. You get the best of both worlds – study where and when it suits you, as well as access to in-person workshops, and networking.

If you prefer an online learning option or can’t be with us in person, you can choose the 100% online PLT program.

 

Attendance Mode Jurisdiction Attendance Study Mode
Online All states 5 days online Full-time or part-time
Blended All states 5 days onsite Full-time or part-time

 

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THREE PILLARS OF PRACTICAL LEGAL TRAINING

Our aim is to help you launch your legal career successfully - with the skills and confidence to contribute immediately. We achieve this goal through integrating three essential program components.

Component 1

Coursework

Study modes. Compulsory subjects. Electives.

Coursework

Component 2

Work Experience

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

Work Experience

Component 3

Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Legal Tech and Business Skills Series.

Continuing Professional Education

WHY THE COLLEGE OF LAW

work experience PLT

Work experience

15 days and 75 days work experience options – or online alternative

Career support

Access to a Career Coach during your PLT and for up to 180 days after graduation

Skills for real life

Practice completing common tasks - mimicking how real matters operate - under the guidance of qualified lawyers.

Trusted

Trusted by 30+ leading law firms to exclusively train their graduates.

 

 

 

YOUR SUPPORT TEAM

Customer Engagement Advisor

Your Customer Engagement Advisor is there is answer your questions about the nuts and bolts of the program .

Lecturer

Learn with a lawyer by your side. Your Lecturer will provide you with individual feedback and keep your learning on track.

Career Advisor

12+ months of assistance with interview prep, resume reviews, and building your personal brand.

 

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

 

 

Aus citizens &
permanent residents, AND
NZ CITIZENS
Overseas and
international citizens

2022

$9,640 $13,910

2023*

$10,150 $14,650

*Programs from 1 November 2022

 

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We Answer the Web's Most Searched PLT Questions

What is Practical Legal Training (PLT)?

Now that you’ve completed (or nearly completed) your law degree, you have a strong theoretical understanding of the law.

But you’re not ready to enter the workforce. Not yet.

PLT, or Practical Legal Training, equips you with the practical, day-to-day skills you will need as an entry level lawyer. You know - the court-appearing, contract-preparing, law-talking kind.

Think of your PLT as the perfect finishing school. A space to practise your skills and build your confidence as an entry-level lawyer who’s ready to soar.

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

When can I start PLT?

Usually after you finish your law degree, but the Early Commencement Rule means you can start once you have completed all your Priestley 11 core subjects with only 2 electives remaining on your law degree.

To start your Practical Legal Training early, you will need to seek approval from the admitting authority in the state you wish to be admitted to practise.

Instructions to start PLT early

Do I need my exam results to enrol in PLT?

You don't need your exam results to enrol. You have until the program start date (VIC, WA & NT) or program census date (NSW, SA & ACT) to send them to us.

In Queensland you have until the end of the program to provide your exam results.

How long is Practical Legal Training?

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.

Do I have to attend workshops?

Your PLT will begin with five days of live workshops (online or on campus) where you will role play interviews, negotiation and courtroom appearances under the guidance of lawyers, barristers and judges. Attendance to the workshops is mandatory.

For students working 9-to-5, or those who lead a busy life during the day, we offer an evening program in NSW, QLD, SA, VIC & WA with all workshops held after 5.30pm.

I completed work experience at university. Can it count towards my Practical Legal Training?

Yes. In fact, this is quite common – especially in cases where students have completed some work experience as undergraduates.

At The College of Law you can count up to 60 days work experience in the two years prior to starting to your Practical Legal Training.

 

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