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- Complete the practical legal training (PLT) requirements to be admitted to the legal profession.
- Flexible study options including full-time or part-time online or full-time on campus study. (International students are eligible for full-time on campus study only)
- Receive credit for workplace learning if you are already working in an approved law office.
- Includes a 4-week placement in a law office, which we find for you if you do not already work in one.
- Next intakes commence: Mon 13 January, 2014 (full-time and part-time) and Mon 24 February, 2014 (part-time only).
|QUT course code||LP41|
|Attendance||Part-time or Full-time|
|Course duration||24 weeks full-time
34 and 38 weeks part-time
|Start month||2014 January, March, June|
Note: External Online for Domestic Students Only
The Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice provides you with the practical legal training (PLT) knowledge, understanding, skills, values and attitudes that you need to become a competent entry-level legal practitioner. We provide our students with the practical legal training that they need for admission to the legal profession as Australian Lawyers.
You can start QUT's Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice with two units of study left in your undergraduate law degree.
The electives give you the choice to study one module from criminal, administrative, or family law practice, and another module from wills and estates, planning and environment, employment and industrial relations, or consumer law.
Why choose this course?
You'll learn by working on simulated legal problems and tasks - the type of work that lawyers undertake in real world workplaces:
- draft legal documents
- write legal letters
- carry out the steps in basic property, litigation and commercial transactions and proceedings.
Throughout the course you'll build a portfolio of practical know-how – a guide and resource for the real world of legal practice.
Our course is driven and shaped by practising lawyers, many of whom are leaders in their fields. Several of our staff have won teaching awards including a prestigious Australian Learning and Teaching Council Award for Teaching Excellence. Students enjoy the support of staff who have practised law as solicitors or barristers.
We arrange your four-week work placement (unless you are eligible for credit because you work in a legal office in private practice, government, the community sector or in-house).
You'll have access to up-to-date computing and internet access, as well as extensive resources such as the Clayton Utz Law Library.
Our employment register is also available to assist you in your search for end-of-course employment.
We offer full-time practical legal training on-campus and external (online), as well as part-time practical legal training, online. International students may only enrol in full-time courses
The part-time course consists of five attendance days with the remainder of the course online (LPP117 Interaction and some elective choices involve a one-day attendance requirement).
If you're already working in a graduate law position in a private or government law office you may be eligible to enrol in the part-time (in-practice) mode, and you may also receive credit for the work placement unit. This mode is especially designed for people who are already employed in a law office.
QUT’s part-time (general) course is for people who wish to study part-time online but who are not working in law offices.
The part-time course includes five attendance days with the balance of the course online (although some elective choices involve a one-day attendance or video link session)
Upcoming full-time intakes: January 2014 (commencing Mon 13 January, 2014)
Upcoming part-time intakes: January 2014 (commencing Mon 13 January, 2014) and March 2014 (commencing Mon 24 February, 2014).
Admitted legal practitioners can practise law as entry-level lawyers in private firms, government, community legal services or as in-house legal officers.
Upon completion of practical legal training, graduates obtain admission to the Australian legal profession and obtain the restricted 'employee' practising certificate (solicitors). To obtain an unrestricted practising certificate (law firm principal), legal practitioners then complete supervised legal practice (two years) and the Law Society Practice Management Course.
Legal practitioners who wish to practise as barristers in Queensland then complete a bar practice course to obtain the barrister's practising certificate (barristers).
The course is designed to comply with the Law Admissions Consultative Council’s Competency Standards for entry-level lawyers and is approved by the Queensland Legal Practitioners Admissions Board.
You may receive credit towards QUT's Master of Laws.
QUT's practical legal training will next be available for full-time or part-time mid-year entry in June, 2014.
QUT's Faculty of Law offers a limited number of tuition fee waiver scholarships for highly motivated postgraduate students facing social and/or economic hardship who are enrolled in coursework study. For more information and eligibility requirements, visit the QUT law scholarships page.
A completed bachelor degree, higher award or equivalent study in law, which is approved for admission to the Australian legal profession;
currently studying for such as a degree, award or equivalent with no more than two units to complete by the date the course commences.
You should submit your application as soon as possible and by no later than the relevant closing date:
- January start: 14 December
- March start: 7 February
- June start: 14 June
Should your application be received at QUT after the relevant closing date it will be processed but it may be held for the next available start month.
Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. All fees are based on current fixed fee prices. We review fees annually.
2014: $10,500 (indicative) full course based on 7 units (subject to annual review)
Student Services and Amenities Fee
You'll need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.
FEE-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees
You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a FEE-HELP loan.
Find out if you're eligible for a FEE-HELP loan
Scholarships and financial support
You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.
These scholarships are available for this course:
You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments
How to apply for Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
You apply directly to QUT for all our postgraduate courses.
Are you ready to submit your application?
You're ready if you have:
- Found all the courses you want to apply for. You can apply for up to 3.
- Checked important dates.
- Checked you meet the entry requirements
- Checked course costs and if you're eligible for financial support
- Checked if you're eligible for credit for prior learning
- Collected supporting documents (see application form)
All done? Then you're ready to apply.
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