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Admission to Practice

Admission to Practice

AUSTRALIA'S MOST IN-DEMAND PLT PROGRAM

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.

Leading and in tune with your profession, The College of Law offers the largest range of flexible programs, all purpose-driven to start ensure you have the best start to your career.

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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

LEARN YOUR WAY

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. (Available until 1 November 2021.)

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 - 5 days onsite  NSW, NT, WA 5 days  Full-time or part-time
Blended - 3 days onsite  NSW 3 days  Full-time or part-time
 Evening  NSW, QLD, WA No onsite attendance Part-time 
 On-campus*  NSW No onsite attendance   Full-time 

 *CRICOS approved course code 069734C


Learn more

 

Program structure - 3 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

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)

State-Specific

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.

Locations

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.

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
$9,640

$13,910

 

Payment options and incidental fees

Tuition assurance

 

ABOUT PRACTICAL LEGAL TRAINING

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

Cormac Foley, Solicitor, Danny King Legal

"My name is Cormac Foley, and I'm a solicitor at Danny King Legal, where we specialise in employment law. It's a very practical level of law where you are very hands on, dealing with clients on a face-to-face basis, and I really enjoy that."

Cormac Foley

Student Stories

Iman Osman, Legal Advisor, Comcare

"My name is Iman Osman. I'm a solicitor at Comcare. "

Iman Osman

Student Stories

Kiarah Grace Kelly, Collaborative Family Lawyer, Brisbane Family Law Centre

"My name is Kiarah Grace Kelly. I'm a collaborative family lawyer at Brisbane Family Law Centre."

Kiarah Grace Kelly

We Answer the Web's Most Searched PLT Questions

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What is PLT?

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

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When can I start my PLT?

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