Become a real lawyer

Real-world experience

Our PLT is driven and shaped by practising lawyers, many of whom are leaders in their field. You’ll build a portfolio of real-world know-how and develop professional communication skills and workplace productivity skills including:

Interviewing and negotiating

Drafting legal documents and writing legal letters

Executing property, litigation and commercial transactions and proceedings

PLT in 3 easy stages

1 Skills component

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

2 Practice areas component

  • 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

  • 4-week placement at a law office (unless you have credit)
  • We find this placement for you

Key dates for 2021

January intake

  • Apply on time by 14 December 2020
  • Apply late until 8 January 2021
  • Teaching starts 11 January 2021
  • 5 day attendance school 1-5 February 2021
  • Full-time study ends 31 May 2021 (with placement credit)
  • Full-time study ends 25 June 2021 including placement
  • Part-time study ends 17 September with placement credit
  • Party-time study ends 11 December 2021 including placement

February intake

  • Apply on time by 31 January 2021
  • Apply late until 12 February 2021
  • Teaching starts 15 February 2021
  • 5 day attendance school 1-5 March 2021
  • Full-time study ends 25 June 2021 (with placement credit)
  • Full-time study ends 12 November 2021 including placement
  • Part-time study ends 17 September with placement credit
  • Party-time study ends 11 December 2021 including placement

July intake

  • Apply on time by 30 June 2021
  • Apply late until 9 July 2021
  • Teaching starts 26 July 2021
  • 5 day attendance school 2-6 August 2021
  • Full-time study ends 12 November 2021 (with placement credit)
  • Full-time study ends 11 December 2021 including placement
  • Part-time study ends 8 April 2022 with placement credit
  • Party-time study ends 31 May 2022 including placement

August intake

  • Apply on time by 30 July 2021
  • Apply late until 13 August 2021
  • Teaching starts 16 August 2021
  • 5 day attendance school 30 August-3 September 2021
  • Full-time study ends 17 December 2021 (with placement credit)
  • Full-time study ends 12 February 2022 including placement
  • Part-time study ends 31 May 2022 with placement credit
  • Party-time study ends 25 June 2022 including placement

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Real recognition

Our course is approved by the Queensland Legal Practitioners Admissions Board. It meets the practical training requirements for admission to the legal profession in Queensland.

Firm connections

QUT has established connections with over 350 placement providers. This means you’ll get the experience and the connections you need. This can lead to employment offers for some students.

Real recognition

Our course is approved by the Queensland Legal Practitioners Admissions Board. It meets the practical training requirements for admission to the legal profession in Queensland.

Firm connections

QUT has established connections with over 350 placement providers. This means you’ll get the experience and the connections you need. This can lead to employment offers for some students.

Real stories

“It wasn’t just the theory I learned, but the skills and confidence I gained during my PLT that made a real difference.”

Annie Wang
Associate at MinterEllison

“QUT’s firm connections gave me the opportunity to turn my workplace experience into a real job when I finished.”

Mark Goldsworthy
Associate at Results Legal

“I was taught by experienced lawyers who mentored me, and helped me get a head start in my career.”

Zosia Kilmartin
Director of Kilmartin Knyvett Lawyers

Flexible study

During COVID-19 restrictions, all course delivery is available online.

Our PLT is structured for convenience with four intakes a year. And because we know how busy life can get when you’re balancing work and study, we’ve made our PLT as flexible as possible. You can choose between:

  • full-time on campus
  • external (online)
  • part-time (online).
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Four-week placements

Through our relationships with firms, government and non-profit organisations, we are able to source a four-week placement for you in a law office. Alternatively, if you’re already working in a law office, you may be eligible to claim credit for your real-life legal work.

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Prefer to email us your questions? Contact us on pltsupport@qut.edu.au.