What is PLT?

What is PLT?

What is PLT?

Practical Legal Training (PLT) is an acronym known to almost no-one until you are already doing Practical Legal Training.

However, as an acronym, it’s right up there with ‘Cth’, ‘LLB’, ‘JD’ and ‘Esq’ (an honorific American attorneys are fond of going by, a throwback to English titles) in its importance. Much like the last 6 miles of a marathon, PLT is the final run you need to become a practising lawyer. You know - the court-appearing, contract-preparing, law-talking kind.

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.

Completion of a PLT program is the second essential step to being admitted as a lawyer – the first being your law degree.

After completing your PLT, you will be awarded a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GDLP). This means you will be eligible to apply for admission as a legal practitioner in your state or territory.

when do i do plt

Usually after you finish your law degree, but the Early Commencement Rule means you can start once you have completed all your Priestley 11 core subjects with only 2 electives remaining on your law degree (or equivalent).

To start your Practical Legal Training early, you will need to seek approval from the admitting authority in the state you wish to be admitted to practise. 

 Instructions to start PLT early

What's Involved in PLT

Component 1


Unlike the theory-oriented black letter law you may be familiar within from your law degree (or equivalent), PLT study is entirely practice-oriented. It’s intended to get you ready to work from Day 1; you’re studying how to actually be a lawyer, rather than knowledge you need to convey as a lawyer.

PLT Work Experience

Component 2

Work Experience

You’ll need to complete 75 days of work experience under a practising lawyer with an unrestricted practising certificate. (Think of it as any lawyer who no longer needs P plates.)

Work Experience

Component 3

Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

You need to complete 10 hours of CPE seminars and a workbook and journal, or you can complete alternatives, like the Legal Business Skills series. There are numerous CPE providers to choose from (Google away!)

Continuing Professional Education

How long does it take

Full-time: 15 weeks. Part-time: 30 weeks.

…and you get a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GDLP) after PLT! Because why do law but for the many acronyms after your name.

I thought it was very practical, it is content that I still use and it was very much content that had clearly been carefully put together to be most useful for people who had just started practice.

David De Witt, Lawyer, Victoria Legal Aid

Practical Legal Training

I undertook my Practical Legal Training at The College of Law and enjoyed it so much that I have now come back to do a Masters of Applied Law in Family Law.

Bronwyn O Loan, Lawyer, Doolan Wagner Family Lawyers

Practical Legal Training

Because I was working full-time the online course was obviously very appealing to me. It allowed me to do most of my study in my off hours which was really good.

Robert Pasqualin, Associate, Andriano & Associates

Practical Legal Training
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