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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.
  • 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
Course duration 24 weeks full-time
Start month 2018 & 2019 August, July, February, January
Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
  • Faculty of Law
Enquiries Ask a question about this course
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.

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

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 Practise while you complete those units.

Applicants with overseas law qualifications

Applicants with law degrees completed overseas will need to have their degree assessed by the Legal Practitioners Admission Board in Queensland. The Board will assess if the degree holder is required to complete any additional undergraduate units prior to admission to this course. This letter should be submitted with your QUT application. For more information on Queensland admission requirements and assessment of overseas qualifications, please refer to the Queensland Law Society website.


Minimum English language requirements

We accept English language proficiency scores from a variety of tests. If you completed a test that was not IELTS, check which English language test scores we accept.

You must have taken your test no more than 2 years before your QUT course starts.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
Overall 6.5
Listening 6.0
Reading 6.0
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0

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

We offer English language courses 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.

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually.

2019: $25,100 (indicative) full course based on seven units (subject to annual review)

2018: $25,100 (indicative) full course fee based on seven units (subject to annual review)

Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

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How to apply for Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice

You're ready to apply if you have:

  1. Found all the courses you want to apply for. You can apply for up to 3
  2. Checked you meet the entry requirements
  3. Checked costs and scholarships
  4. Checked if you're eligible for credit for prior learning
  5. Gathered supporting documents

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

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