Admission to practice

Although the accreditation for the ANU GDLP is made in the ACT, reciprocal agreements allow ANU GDLP graduates to seek direct admission as a legal practitioner in Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia, Queensland, the Northern Territory and Tasmania.

Once admitted in these states or the ACT, ANU GDLP graduates can apply for a local practising certificate should they wish to practise law in South Australia.

This reflects the mandate of ANU to provide industry-standard, high quality education to students across Australia.

To be admitted as a lawyer in Australia you must complete:

  • a tertiary academic program involving 11 areas of legal knowledge specified in the Uniform Admission Rules (eg. an Australian Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor, or international equivalent)
  • a practical legal training program – the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice

Upon successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, you are able to apply for direct admission in any state/territory excluding South Australia.

Step-by-step details about being admitted to practice are available on our Admission to Practice - steps page in our Current Students section.


Updated:  10 August 2015/Responsible Officer:  Director, GDLP/Page Contact:  Program Coordinator, GDLP