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Admission to Practice

Admission to Practice

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


At The College of Law, we have adapted to the realities of living in the time of a global pandemic – by allowing you to study your PLT entirely online.

However, if you’re after a more hands-on experience, we also offer our blended delivery option, which incorporates both online and onsite learning.

Attendance Mode Jurisdiction Attendance Study Mode 
Online All states  No onsite attendance   Full-time or part-time
Blended All states 5 days  Full-time or part-time
 Evening  NSW, QLD, SA, VIC, WA No onsite attendance Part-time 

Learn more


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 Tech and Business Skills Series.

Continuing Professional Education


Your study. Your choice: Learn entirely online or a combination of both online and onsite learning.

Start dates: With more than 90 courses a year, it's easy to plan your admission

Flexible study options: Choose to study full-time or part-time

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

Local: Learn from our team of qualified lawyers with extensive experience practising in your jurisdiction

Feedback: Personalised and regular one-on-one feedback on your work

Specialist career support: Get expert support from our Careers Adviser as you search, apply and interview for jobs, or plan your career

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

Reputation: The preferred provider to 16 of the 20 top law firms in Australia

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


The College of Law offers state-specific Practical Legal Training programs in six Australian states and territories.

You will learn the ins-and-outs of your local law from qualified lawyers with extensive experience practising in your jurisdiction.



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 Overseas and international citizens



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

How Careers Counselling Helped Build Vyomika Singh's New Career In Law

We spoke to Mika about what careers consultation involved, and how it's helped her land an in-house role with Master Builder Association of Victoria.

Mika Singh

Student Stories

Meet Ross Mackey, Winner of the PLT Prize for Overall Excellence

We spoke to Ross about what it was like to complete PLT online during COVID, what he’s doing now, and what advice he might have for lawyers looking to excel at PLT.

Ross Mackey

Student Stories

How Tashana Pederson Studied PLT While Overseas in Dubai

We spoke to Tashana about her experience of studying PLT online, what she does in Dubai, and what’s next now she’s finished PLT.

Tashana Pederson

We Answer the Web's Most Searched PLT Questions



What is PLT?

Stewart, Student Liaison Officer, answers the web's most searched PLT questions.



When can I start my PLT?

We sat down with Stewart, Student Liaison Officer, and asked him the internet's most searched PLT questions



What are my work experience options?

Stewart, Student Liaison Officer, answers the Internet's most searched questions about Practical Legal Training.