Highlights

The Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice provides you with the practical legal training (PLT) that you need for admission to the legal profession in Australia.

  • Learn real-world professional knowledge and skills from experienced lawyers.
  • We can source a 4-week placement for you in a law office.

During COVID-19 restrictions, all course delivery except placement is available online.  Virtual placements may be available if COVID restrictions limit real-life placements.  You must be in Australia when you undertake a real-life or virtual placement to comply with professional admission requirements..

 

Highlights

The Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice provides you with the practical legal training (PLT) that you need for admission to the legal profession in Australia.

  • Learn real-world professional knowledge and skills from experienced lawyers.
  • We can source a 4-week placement for you in a law office.

During COVID-19 restrictions, all course delivery except placement is available online.  Virtual placements may be available if COVID restrictions limit real-life placements.  You must be in Australia when you undertake a real-life or virtual placement to comply with professional admission requirements.

 

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What to expect

During your PLT, you will:

  • develop professional skills such as negotiation and drafting legal documents
  • learn core areas of legal practice and choose disciplines of your choice
  • undertake a 4-week placement at a law office, which we can find for you.

Our course delivery includes:

  • professional skills taught over 6 weeks, mostly online, plus 5 days intensive on campus (or virtually during COVID restrictions)
  • practice areas taught over 13 weeks full-time on campus
  • 4 weeks' work experience at a law office, with virtual placement options available if COVID restrictions limit real-life placements (unless you have credit for this component).  You must be in Australia when you undertake a real-life or virtual placement to comply with professional admission requirements.

During your PLT, you will:

  • develop professional skills such as negotiation and drafting legal documents
  • learn core areas of legal practice and choose disciplines of your choice
  • undertake a 4-week placement at a law office, which we can find for you.

Our course delivery includes:

  • professional skills taught over 6 weeks, mostly online, plus 5 days intensive on campus (or virtually during COVID restrictions)
  • practice areas taught over 13 weeks full-time on campus 
  • 4 weeks' work experience at a law office, with virtual placement options available if COVID restrictions limit real-life placements (unless you have credit for this component).  You must be in Australia when you undertake a real-life or virtual placement to comply with professional admission requirements.

 

Careers and outcomes

Professional recognition

The course is approved by the Queensland Legal Practitioners Admissions Board as satisfying the practical legal training requirements for admission to the legal profession in Queensland.

Possible careers

  • Barrister
  • Crown Law Officer
  • In-House Lawyer
  • Solicitor

Details and units

The Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (PLT) consists of 8 units totalling 96 credit points.

Our PLT is structured into 3 components: skills, practice areas and a work placement.

1. Skills component

You will learn professional skills such as negotiation, drafting and ethics.

Delivery:

  • 6 weeks for all students – mostly online
  • 5-day attendance school (or virtually if COVID-19 restrictions apply).

2. Practice areas component

There are 5 compulsory units. You may be eligible for credit for Interaction if you have recent law office experience. In Electives you choose 2 areas for study from: criminal, administrative, family law practice, wills and estates, planning and environment, employment and industrial relations, consumer law and banking and finance).

Delivery:

  • 13 weeks full-time or 26 weeks part-time (excluding breaks)
  • Full-time or part-time online
  • Full-time on campus (January/ July entries)

3. Placement

We will find a 4-week work placement for you at a law office, unless you have credit for your legal work experience. Virtual workplace options may be available if COVID restrictions limit real-life placements. You must be in Australia when you undertake a real-life or virtual placement to comply with professional admission requirements.

The Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (PLT) consists of 8 units totalling 96 credit points.

Our PLT is structured into 3 components: skills, practice areas and a work placement

1. Skills component

You will learn professional skills such as negotiation, drafting and ethics.

Delivery:

  • 6 weeks for all students – mostly online
  • 5-day attendance school (or virtually if COVID-19 restrictions apply)

2. Practice areas component

There are 5 compulsory units. You may be eligible for credit for Interaction if you have recent law office experience. In Electives you choose 2 areas for study from: criminal, administrative, family law practice, wills and estates, planning and environment, employment and industrial relations, consumer law and banking and finance).

Delivery:

  • Full-time on campus (January/ July entries)

3. Placement

We will find a 4-week work placement for you at a law office, unless you have credit for your legal work experience. Virtual workplace options may be available if COVID restrictions limit real-life placements.  You must be in Australia when you undertake a real-life or virtual placement to comply with professional admission requirements.

Requirements

Course code
LP41
CRICOS code
009034F
Delivery
  • External
  • Gardens Point
Delivery
  • Gardens Point
Duration
24 weeks full-time
34 - 38 weeks part-time
Duration
24 weeks full-time
Entry
January, March, July and August
Entry
January and July

Australian law qualifications

  • A recognised bachelor degree (or higher qualification) in law (or equivalent study) which is approved for admission by the Australian legal profession; or
  • Currently studying for bachelor degree (or higher qualification) in law (or equivalent study) with no more than two units to complete by the date the course commences and neither of those units is a unit commonly known as the "Priestly 11"; plus
  • You have the permission of the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board (LPAB) (Queensland).to commence the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice while you complete those units.

Overseas law qualifications

  • A recognised bachelor degree (or higher qualification) in law (or equivalent study); plus
  • You have the permission of the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board (LPAB) (Queensland).to commence the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. You will need to submit the LPAB letter as part of your application. Please refer to the instructions on the Queensland Law Society website.

Minimum academic requirements

Applicants with Australian law qualifications

A completed bachelor degree, higher award or equivalent study in law, which is approved for admission to the Australian legal profession; or

Currently studying for such a degree, award or equivalent with no more than two units to complete by the date the course commences and neither of those units is a unit commonly known as the "Priestly 11";  and

You have the permission of the Queensland Legal Practitioners Admissions Board to commence the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice while you complete those units.

Applicants with overseas law qualifications

A recognised completed bachelor degree, higher award or equivalent study in law, which is approved for admission to the Australian legal profession.

Applicants with law degrees completed overseas will need to have their degree assessed by the Legal Practitioners Admission Board (LPAB) in Queensland before applying to QUT.  Please refer to the instructions on the Queensland Law Society website.

The LPAB will assess your qualification and provide you a letter outlining the law undergraduate/Priestly 11 units you must study prior to commencing LP41 Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. You must include this letter with your application to study at QUT.

International students wishing to study in Australia, will receive a package offer with  U096 International Transfer Year or U084 International Transfer Semester depending on the number of units the LPAB has identified you must study.

Priestley 11 units QUT Equivalent subjects
Criminal Law and Procedure Criminal Law (LLB106)
Torts Torts (LLB102)
Contracts (Need both QUT units) Contract Law (LLB202) and Commercial Remedies (LLB304)
Property (need both QUT units) Real Property Law (LLB301) and Commercial and Personal Property Law (LLB204)
Equity Equity and Trusts (LLB205)
Company Law Corporate Law (LLH305)
Administrative Law Administrative Law (LLH206)
State and Federal Constitutional Law Constitutional Law (LLB203)
Civil Procedure Civil Procedure (LLB306)
Evidence Evidence (LLB303)
Ethics and Professional Responsibility Ethics and the Legal Profession (LLH302)

 

Minimum English language requirements

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide on meeting QUT’s English language requirements.

Your scores and prior qualifications in English-speaking countries are considered. Approved English-speaking countries are Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, United States of America and Wales.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

We accept English language proficiency scores from the following tests.

English Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
Pearson PTE (Academic)
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
58 50 50 50 50
Cambridge English Score
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement. You must provide your Candidate ID and Candidate Secret Number, these are printed on your Cambridge English Confirmation of Entry.
176 169 169 169 169
IELTS Academic
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
6.5 6 6 6 6
TOEFL iBT
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
79 16 16 21 18
Occupational English Test (Nursing Profession)
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
* A grade of B in each component for tests undertaken prior to September 2018.
-- 350* 350* 350* 350*

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language programs to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

Haven't completed an English language test? We can help!

If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre

Fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2022 fees

2022: Either $13,200 (indicative) full course based on seven units (we do not charge you for our placement unit) or $11,300 if you are eligible for advanced standing for our Interaction unit based on your past or current work place experience

2022 fees

2022: Either $25,100 (indicative) full course based on seven units (we do not charge you for our placement unit) or $21,500 if you are eligible for advanced standing for our Interaction unit based on your past or current work place experience

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

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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.

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Scholarships

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