Most frequently searched questions

Most frequently searched questions

EVERYTHING YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT PLT

Watch our videos below to find out more about PLT.  

What is PLT?

Stewart McCarroll

Student Liaison Officer, The College of Law

 


Transcript

Stewart:
Well, let's ask the expert, “hey Google what is practical legal training?”

Google:
According to College of Law, Practical Legal Training is a structured training program designed to help you develop the practical, day to day skills you will need as an entry level lawyer.

Stewart:
That's what the experts say. To put it simply, lawyers are a bit like pilots. Pilots need to learn the theory of flying, such as aerodynamics and meteorology. Then they need to learn the practical skills from an experienced pilot. At university you'll learn the theory of law but during Practical Legal Training you learn the practical skills needed for the industry from an experienced lawyer.

When can I start PLT?

Stewart McCarroll

Student Liaison Officer, The College of Law

 


Transcript

Typically once you finish your law degree you're ready.

You could start earlier with the early commencement rule or concurrent study rule. Generally speaking if you finish all your Priestley 11 subjects and have two or less non Priestley 11 subjects left in your degree or double degree, you could apply with your local admissions authority for early commencement permission. 

Instructions to start PLT early

What are my work experience options?

Stewart McCarroll

Student Liaison Officer, The College of Law

 


Transcript

Essentially you have two work experience options, there's 75 days in total or 15 days and an online six-week course.

In Western Australia you can do 75 days or a 25 days work experience and a five-week online course.

Remember you can start work experience two years prior to your PLT course start date.

Work Experience

 

How do you become a lawyer in Australia?

Stewart McCarroll

Student liaison Officer, The College of Law

 

Transcript

Well it starts with your law degree, after you've got your law degree you can come to The College of Law to do your practical legal training and get your Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. If you're a fit and proper person you can apply it to your local admissions authority to become admitted as a lawyer.