Practical legal training (PLT) is an essential requirement for admission as a lawyer in Australia. The UNSW Graduate Diploma in Legal Professional Practice (GDLPP) offers a distinctive, practice-ready program for law graduates intending to seek admission to the legal profession. It’s designed to develop both practical skills and proficiency in the day-to-day practice of law and to ensure graduates satisfy the competency standards for entry-level lawyers.  

Our unique workplace experience offers opportunities in the Faculty’s clinics, including Kingsford Legal Centre, Refugee Advice and Casework Service and Youth Law Australia. The practicum at UNSW provides further flexibility for students who are unable to find placements, with opportunities to acquire additional specialised experience, skills and knowledge through technical learning spaces, specialised modules (such as legal tech) or placements.

Current UNSW Law students can complete their PLT while finishing their degree (subject to approval) over a minimum of 20 weeks. This offers students the advantage of studying at the same institution and using the same (and familiar) institutional systems.

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^As the GDLPP is currently not CRICOS registered, prospective international students will require a visa other than a student visa (e.g. a temporary graduate visa) to be eligible to apply to this program. International students are advised to seek independent immigration advice about their visa options.

Why choose this degree?

UNSW Law has a reputation as Australia’s leader in progressive and rigorous legal education. The PLT program is developed with subject matter experts from a cross-section of the practising profession and offers students a flexible, predominantly digital pathway to practice. Our staff student ratios also mean high student engagement and mentoring relationships.

Who should choose this degree?

PLT is an essential requirement for any person wishing to practise law in NSW. UNSW’s PLT program is for global leaders who want to make a different in the world.

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Career Opportunities

Practical legal training (PLT) is an essential requirement for admission as a lawyer in Australia. Careers include:

  • Legal Professionals
  • Solicitors

Entry requirements

Candidates for the GDLPP are required to have completed an accredited academic qualification in law – either a Bachelor of Laws degree; a Juris Doctor degree or a qualification considered equivalent from an Australian university or tertiary institution.

Applicants with academic qualifications from a jurisdiction outside Australia need to have the qualification assessed by the Legal Profession Admission Board (NSW) before applying to undertake Practical Legal Training (PLT). Please refer to the LPAB website for more information.

Early start rule:

Candidates for the GDLPP may commence the program prior to completing a Bachelor of Laws degree; a Juris Doctor degree or a qualification considered equivalent from an Australian university or tertiary institution subject to the following:

Under the Legal Profession Uniform Admission Rules 2015 (Admission Rules), applicants for admission to legal practice must have completed a course of study under Schedule 2, Part 2, Clause 4(1)(b) of the Admission Rules prior to commencing their practical legal training. However, this requirement may be waived by the Legal Profession Admission Board provided an application for concurrent enrolment is made and approved by the LPAB.

To apply for approval from the LPAB under the early start/concurrent enrolment rule, a candidate must include evidence of completion of the Priestley 11 core subjects and have no more than two electives remaining to complete in their LLB/JD or equivalent from an Australian university or tertiary institution.

Recognition of Prior Learning/Advanced Standing

In accordance with the current advanced standing guidelines of UNSW Law, advanced standing for previous learning may be granted for up to 12 UoC for practical legal training courses completed at a recognised equivalent higher education provider.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.

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^The indicative fee indicated is for the standard program. The indicative fee for the program with practicum is $12,960.

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only. All other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

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