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Practical Legal Training

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 US

We'll work with you one-on-one to answer your questions.

 

SHAPE A COURSE AROUND YOUR NEEDS

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Pick
your pace

Get admitted pronto. Or take it slowly to balance other commitments. You can complete your PLT in 15, 18 or 30 weeks.
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Study at a time
that suits you

Study when you are most productive. Whether it's during your lunch break or late at night.
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Select your
learning style

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.
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Get
started sooner

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

Ready to go? Enrol in 3 easy steps

1. Coursework

You 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.
Ready to go? Enrol in 3 easy steps

2. Work Experience

Learn 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.
Ready to go? Enrol in 3 easy steps

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?

FULL-TIME
ONLINE

15 WEEKS

You want to get admitted ASAP – and don’t work full time.

PACE

30 – 35 hours study per week

WORKSHOP ATTENDANCE

5 days consecutive

WORKSHOP LOCATION (CHOOSE ONE)

Online
Onsite

PART-TIME
ONLINE

30 WEEKS

You want the flexibility to study between your life or work commitments.

PACE

15 – 20 hours study per week

WORKSHOP ATTENDANCE

5 days consecutive
(daytime or evening options)

WORKSHOP LOCATION (CHOOSE ONE)

Online
Onsite

 

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.

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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''ll need to seek approval from the admitting authority in your state.

What you need to get started

 

ADDED INCLUSIONS

Ongoing career support

Be supported by a specialist career coach during your PLT – and for 365 days after graduation.
PLT Flex 2.0 - Sharpen your legaltech skills

Hone your legaltech skills

Thrive in the roles of tomorrow. Gain hands-on experience with legaltech tools like PEXA and Josef.
PLT Flex 2.0 - Virtual internship

NewLaw internship

Complete a virtual internship in five in-demand NewLaw careers in collaboration with the Centre for Legal Innovation.
PLT Flex 2.0 - Online Community

Online community hub

Our 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.

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Lecturer

An experienced lawyer will provide you with one-on-one feedback and help keep your learning on track.
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Mentor

A lawyer who has walked the path before you. They can provide encouragement or be a sounding board when you need a hand.
Career Advisor

Career advisor

Receive over 12 months of assistance with career planning, job searching and building your personal brand.
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Profession

 Connect with top practitioners and receive flash mentoring from industry experts.

 

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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:

  1. Legal data analyst
  2. Legal operations professional
  3. Legal technologist
  4. Legal knowledge manager
  5. Family law mediator

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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.

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COURSE FEES

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
$10,660 $15,380

Payment options and incidental fees
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PLT FAQs

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.

How to start PLT early

What are the Priestley 11 subjects?

During your studies, you'll gain an understanding of the theory of law and study key areas, known as the 'Priestley 11’:
  • Administrative law
  • Civil Procedure
  • Company Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law and
  • Procedures
  • Equity (including Trusts)
  • Evidence
  • Professional Conduct (including Basic Trust Accounting)
  • Property, both Real (including Torrens System Land) and Personal
  • Torts
Keep in mind, there may be additional subjects and electives you'll need to complete, based on your university's requirements.

Do I need my exam results to enrol in PLT?

No.

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?

No traditional written exams here! Our Practical Legal Training (PLT) is all about being hands-on and practical.
 
After workshops, you'll jump into our interactive Learning Portal where you’ll tackle tasks that feel like real-world scenarios.
 
To make sure you feel ready to take on the challenges of a legal workplace, you’ll complete a “file review” for each subject. But they’re not your typical test.
 
Picture a conversation with an evaluator (who is a lawyer), stepping into the shoes of your supervisor. You’ll review a case file and discuss how and why you’ve settled on your conclusions – just like how real matters operate with your supervisor at work.
 
The file review is all about boosting your confidence, ensuring you're ready to take on the challenges of a legal workplace.

Can you do PLT full-time and work full-time?

While it's possible, we generally don't recommend it. Full-time study is 30-35 hours per week for 15 weeks, with 2-3 tasks due each week.
 
PLT is your chance to practice skills before entering the workforce, and having enough time for it ensures you the best start to your legal career.
 
The full-time course is fast-paced, and catching up if you fall behind can be challenging.
 
On the other hand, the part-time course offers a more relaxed pace. It covers the same content over 30 weeks and is perfect for those with work or family commitments.
 
Keep in mind, you can switch to part-time in the first week if needed.

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.

What is the difference between Practical Legal Training (PLT) and the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GDLP)?

Practical Legal Training and the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice are essentially the same thing.
 
When you finish your PLT, you get a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice qualification.
 
Both are about the training you need after your law degree to become a practicing lawyer.
 
Sometimes people call it by the course name (Practical Legal Training), and other times the qualification you receive (Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice).
 
So, whether you hear PLT or GDLP, you're on the right track for your legal journey!

What happens after Practical Legal Training?

After you finish your Practical Legal Training, it's time to get admitted to the legal profession.
 
Before you can officially become a lawyer, you need to show the admissions authority that you have the right ethics.
 
In simpler terms, they want to make sure you have a good moral character to interpret, argue, and draft the law.
 
To prove it, you'll have to let them know if you have any criminal, academic or general misconduct history. Make sure you check the specific rules in your state's admissions authority before moving forward.
 
And when you finally get the green light, get ready to attend an admission ceremony where you'll officially become a lawyer! Celebrate with your friends, family, and colleagues – it's a big achievement!

DISCOVER THE FLEX FACTOR.

BUILD YOUR OWN PLT.
AND SHARPEN ALL THE SKILLS YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOU NEEDED.

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