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Practical Legal Training
GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF LEGAL PRACTICE (GDLP)
THE FLEX FACTOR: PLT BUILT BY YOU, FOR YOU
We get it. Life happens.
You might be run off your feet working full time. Or you want to study from home – in your PJs. Or you’re more of a night owl than an early bird.
Get ready for a PLT program you can build yourself. We call it the Flex Factor.
- Want a career coach? We’ve got you covered.
- Prefer evening workshops? You got it.
Tired of exams and essays? We are too. Consider them gone.
QUESTIONS? CHAT WITH USWe'll work with you one-on-one to answer your questions.
SHAPE A COURSE AROUND YOUR NEEDS
Study at a time
Study when you are most productive. Whether it's during your lunch break or late at night.
that suits you
Connect with your peers in person, get comfy at home – or get the best of both worlds. Learn the way you want. The choice is yours.
Start and finish your PLT sooner with rolling intake dates throughout the year. We’re ready when you are.
THE 3 PILLARS OF OUR PLT PROGRAM
1. CourseworkYou haven’t studied like this before.
No written exams. No essays.
Instead, you’ll learn by doing. In interactive workshops, you’ll go hands-on to complete engaging tasks and solve real-world legal problems.
2. Work ExperienceLearn from legal leaders. Think summer clerkships. Paralegal work. Community legal centres. And more.
Put the theory to the test and apply yourself in dynamic legal environments.
3. Continuing Professional Education (CPE)The future of law is changing. So you’ll need more than technical knowledge. With CPE, you’ll gain the new skills and latest insights law firms are looking for.
WHICH COURSE IS RIGHT FOR ME?
15 WEEKSYou want to get admitted ASAP – and don’t work full time.
PACE30 – 35 hours study per week
WORKSHOP ATTENDANCE5 days consecutive
WORKSHOP LOCATION (CHOOSE ONE)
CHOOSE YOUR INTAKE DATE
Ready to get going? We are too. Get started sooner with rolling intakes throughout the year.
All you need to do is pick your preferred pace and workshop location.
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''ll need to seek approval from the admitting authority in your state.
Ongoing career supportBe supported by a specialist career coach during your PLT – and for 365 days after graduation.
Hone your legaltech skillsThrive in the roles of tomorrow. Gain hands-on experience with legaltech tools like PEXA and Josef.
NewLaw internshipComplete a virtual internship in five in-demand NewLaw careers in collaboration with the Centre for Legal Innovation.
Online community hubOur online community – College Connect – is bursting with exclusive resources, supportive groups and informative events.
MEET YOUR SUPPORT TEAM
We’ll provide you with support and guidance if and when you need it. To help you thrive through your PLT – and beyond.
LecturerAn experienced lawyer will provide you with one-on-one feedback and help keep your learning on track.
MentorA lawyer who has walked the path before you. They can provide encouragement or be a sounding board when you need a hand.
Career advisorReceive over 12 months of assistance with career planning, job searching and building your personal brand.
ProfessionConnect with top practitioners and receive flash mentoring from industry experts.
PREPARE FOR THE FUTURE
Amplify your learning to accelerate your career.
START A NEWLAW CAREER VIRTUAL INTERNSHIP
Want to try before you apply – and sharpen your legal skills while you’re at it? Complete a (free) virtual internship in five in-demand NewLaw careers:
- Legal data analyst
- Legal operations professional
- Legal technologist
- Legal knowledge manager
Family law mediator
SHARPEN YOUR LEGALTECH SKILLS
Tech innovations are reshaping how lawyers manage matters – and deliver greater value.
Let the College equip you with the skills and confidence to thrive in the roles of tomorrow. In an Australian first, you’ll also go hands-on with PEXA – the e-conveyancing tool that’s transforming property law.
LOCATIONS ACROSS AUSTRALIA
We’ll pair you with one of our 15 locations across Australia. And connect you with local legal lecturers with local insights.
Want to study now and pay later?
FEE-HELP (a student loan provided by the Federal Government) is available for eligible students. You can use FEE-HELP to pay all or part of your tuition fees.
|AUS CITIZENS & PERMANENT RESIDENTS, AND NZ CITIZENS
|OVERSEAS AND INTERNATIONAL CITIZENS
Payment options and incidental fees
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 equips you with the practical, day-to-day skills you 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’ll be eligible to apply for admission as a legal practitioner in your state or territory.
When can I start my PLT?
You can start your PLT if you have completed all Priestley 11 core subjects of your law degree – with no more than two electives remaining.
To start your PLT before completing your law degree, you’ll need to seek approval from the admitting authority in your state.
What are the Priestley 11 subjects?
- Administrative law
- Civil Procedure
- Company Law
- Constitutional Law
- Criminal Law and
- Equity (including Trusts)
- Professional Conduct (including Basic Trust Accounting)
- Property, both Real (including Torrens System Land) and Personal
Do I need my exam results to enrol in PLT?
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 PLT?
Our full-time course is 15 weeks.
Our part-time course is 30 weeks. (This is a good option if you work full time or have other commitments.)
Do I have to attend workshops?
Your PLT begins with mandatory workshops (you choose online or on campus).
You will role-play interviews, negotiation and courtroom appearances under the guidance of lawyers, barristers and judges.
If you work 9-to-5 or lead a busy life during the day, we offer an evening program in NSW, QLD, SA, VIC and WA. Our evening workshops are held after 5.30pm.
Does PLT have exams?
Can you do PLT full-time and work full-time?
I completed work experience at university. Can it count towards my PLT?
Yes. In fact, this is quite common – especially in cases where students have completed some work experience as undergraduates.
At the College, you can count up to 60 days of work experience in the two years before starting your PLT.