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  • Complete the practical legal training (PLT) requirements to be admitted to the legal profession.
  • We're Brisbane's only university to offer a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice for your practical legal training.
  • 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.
QUT course code LP41
Attendance Part-time or Full-time
Course duration 24 weeks full-time
34 and 38 weeks part-time
Start month 2016 January, February, July
2015 Note: Admission in February is available only as part-time and classes for 6 Week Teaching Period - 2, 2015 commences on 23rd February, 2015.
Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
  • Online

Note: External Online for Domestic Students Only
  • Faculty of Law
Course contact
CRICOS code009034F
  • Barrister
  • Crown Law Officer
  • In-House Lawyer
  • Solicitor


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

You can start QUT's Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice with two units of study left in your undergraduate law degree (subject to Queensland Legal Practitioners Admissions Board (LPAB) requirements which are currently under reivew). From February 2015, neither of these can be priestly units. Contact us to find out more about priestly units.

The electives give you the choice to study one module from criminal, administrative, or family law practice component of our course and another module from wills and estates, planning and environment, employment and industrial relations, or consumer law. In 2015, the LPAB may add banking and finance to this list.

Develop into a successful lawyer equipped with the basic knowledge and practical skills you'll need to meet the challenges of legal practice. Get hands-on experience as part of your course with a 4-week placement in a law office.

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.

Our employment register is also available to assist you in your search for end-of-course employment.

Flexible delivery

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 on campus

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 and LPP117 Interaction. 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 and LPP117 Interaction involve a one-day attendance or video link session)


Career outcomes

Upon completion of practical legal training, graduates can apply for admission to the Australian legal profession and may become eligible to apply for 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.

Admitted lawyers who wish to practise as barristers in Queensland then complete a bar practice course to obtain the barrister's practising certificate (barristers).

Professional recognition

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.


Download course structures and unit outlines for Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice

Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice consists of eight (8) units totalling 96 credit points. Students must complete all eight (8) units.

(Standard QUT Advanced Standing arrangements apply)

Entry requirements

  • A completed Bachelor Degree, higher award or equivalent study in law, which is approved for admission by the Australian legal profession; or
  • Currently studying for such a degree, award or equivalent with no more than 2 units to complete by the date the course commences and neither of those units is a unit commonly known as the "Priestly 11".

Closing dates

You should submit your application as soon as possible and by no later than the relevant closing date:

  • January start: 14 December
  • February start: 7 February
  • July start: 14 July

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.

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. All fees are based on current fixed fee prices. We review fees annually.

2015: $11,025 (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.

More information on the SSAF

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:

View all scholarships

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:

  1. Found all the courses you want to apply for. You can apply for up to 3.
  2. Checked important dates.
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements
  4. Checked course costs and if you're eligible for financial support
  5. Checked if you're eligible for credit for prior learning
  6. Collected supporting documents (see application form)

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

Application for postgraduate course admission form (PDF file, 160.25 KB)


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