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.

After the GDLP

Your ANU GDLP is your pathway to the Master of Legal Practice (MLP). The MLP gives you a distinct professional edge in an increasingly competitive environment.

You can complete the MLP entirely online from anywhere in the country, or even across the globe - the choice is yours. Select your MLP courses from our online offerings in our range of MLP completion courses, or choose to join us on campus for face-to-face intensive courses offered through the MLP or the LLM programs.

You can complete the MLP in as little as 6 months or finish it at your own pace.

The MLP enables you to acquire and practise advanced knowledge and skills in specialist areas of legal practice, such as Family Law, Intellectual Property, Digital Technologies and Communication, Litigation, Future of Legal Practice and In-House Legal Practice, Commercial Law and Property Law.

To complete your MLP, you:

  • Complete just four Masters level courses
  • Choose from over 22 MLP courses with a practice focus, and you can also select from over 40 LLM courses
  • Choose up to two courses from the MLP suite of courses with up to two courses from the range of LLM courses or other MLP courses.

In addition, graduating from the ANU School of Legal Practice means you are an ANU College of Law alumnus, and you join a prestigious and highly recognised alumni network of over 20,000 professionals in Australia and around the globe.

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