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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.
  • International students are eligible for full-time on campus study.
  • 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 Full-time
Course duration 24 weeks full-time
Start month 2016 & 2017 January, July
Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
  • Faculty of Law
Course contact Enquire
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 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.

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. Neither of these can be priestly units. Contact us to find out more about priestly units.

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.



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)
Speaking 6.0
Writing 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall 6.5

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. All fees are based on current fixed fee prices. We review fees annually.

2017: $24400 (indicative) full course based on 7 units (subject to annual review)

2016: $23,352 (indicative) full course based on 7 units (subject to annual review)

Scholarships and financial support

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

These scholarships are available for this course:

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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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