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Our practical legal training (PLT) can help you to develop the capability and confidence you will need to meet the challenges of modern professional practice. 

  • You have the assurance that we have been providing PLT to LLB graduates like you for nearly 40 years and we use that experience to constantly improve what our programs offer you.
  • We are one of the few Australian PLT providers who will find you the law office placement you will need to satisfy course and professional admission requirements.
  • If you are working in legal workplace while you are completing our course, or you have recent legal workplace experience, you may be eligible for credit for placement and for our ‘Interaction’ unit – please ask us for details.
  • You will have the flexibility of being able to complete your PLT as a full-time online student, a part-time online student or as a full time on-campus student.  All our students attend a 5 day attendance school that we run in Brisbane.
  • We're Brisbane's only university to offer you practical legal training.
  • We are big enough to offer you all the resources of a large modern metropolitan university, but we are not so big that we cannot give you our personal attention. 
QUT course code LP41
Attendance Full-time or Part-time
Course duration 24 weeks full-time
34 and 38 weeks part-time
Start month 2018 & 2019 January, February, July, August
Note: January and July for full-time, on campus; January, February July and August for full-time and part-time external.
Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
  • Online
Note: External Online for Domestic Students Only
  • Faculty of Law
Course contact Faculty of Law
CRICOS code 009034F
  • 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.

Develop into a successful lawyer equipped with the 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.

You can study two electives modules from a choice of criminal, administrative, family law practice, wills and estates, planning and environment, employment and industrial relations, consumer law and banking and finance.

You can start QUT's Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice with two units of study left in your undergraduate law degree with the permission of the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board. Neither of these can be priestley units. Contact us to find out more about priestley units and obtaining the Board's permission.

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.

We do not have exams. Our assessment reflects the tasks that lawyers do in real-life.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).

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

Our time management and productivity resources will help you to deal with the challenges of real-life practice.

Flexible delivery

We offer our full-time program on-campus and external (online).  We offer part-time programs 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 either on campus or by video link). If you're already working in a private or government law office you may be eligible to enrol in the part-time (in-practice) mode, and to apply for credit for the work placement unit and LPP117 Interaction.

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


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

Academic entry requirements

A completed recognised bachelor degree (or 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.

Additional entry information

Applicants with overseas qualifications need to apply to the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board (LPAB) (Queensland) prior to QUT making its assessment. Students need to submit the LPAB letter to QUT.

Closing dates

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

  • January start: 14 December
  • March start: 14 February
  • July start: 14 June
  • September start: 14 August

How to apply

Information on how to apply is available on the 'How to apply as a postgraduate coursework student' page.

Course fees

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

2019: $12,600 (indicative) full course based on seven units (subject to annual review)

2018: $12,500 (indicative) full course fee based on seven units (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You may 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:

View all postgraduate 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, 234.35 KB)


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