Formerly the ANU Legal Workshop

Structure of GDLP program

GDLP Straight to the top

Becoming a Practitioner (BAP)

Ready for
Practice (RFP)

Electives

Legal Practice
Experience
(LPE)

Professional
Practice Core
(PPC)

Entry requirements

You must have completed an Australian Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor or international equivalent. The Diploma in Law, awarded by the Legal Profession Admission Board is also accepted for admission to this program. If you are an international applicant, have non-Australian legal qualifications or are seeking to start your PLT early, there are specific instructions.

Do you wish to commence your GDLP/MLP prior to completing your LLB or JD?  Please note, the Practical Legal Training Early Start Rule has recently changed.

BEGIN WITH: CHOOSE YOUR COMBINATION OF: END WITH:
Becoming a Practitioner (BAP)
(4 day, face to face intensive)
Choose your BAP here
A: 12 week Professional Practice Core (PPC). Choose your PPC here.
AND
B: 2-4 Electives: Depending on the amount of LPE you have. Choose from the 9 available electives here.

Ready For Practice (RFP)   
(3 weeks mentored online, all your learning collated together, ready for work)
Choose your RFP here.

Complete your LEGAL PRACTICE EXPERIENCE (LPE - aka placement)

either before or during your GDLP.

 

Element 1: Becoming a Practitioner

 

Becoming a Practitioner (BAP) is an introduction to lawyers’ skills and is preparation for the rest of the program. The consecutive four day course is compulsory and taught by practising lawyers and barristers in locations around Australia.

The education approach is one of ‘learning by doing’ and the practical sessions cover:

  • interviewing and advising
  • client communications
  • problem solving and teamwork
  • dispute resolution and negotiation
  • legal writing
  • legal analysis
  • advocacy
 

Element 2: Professional Practice Core

 

The Professional Practice Core (PPC) is a 12 week compulsory course which is delivered wholly online. The PPC is offered three times each year and covers:

  • Professionalism in Practice
  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility
  • Trust Accounting
  • Civil Litigation Practice
  • Property Practice
  • Commercial Practice

The course takes a practical approach to learning and you will work in a ‘virtual’ law firm with a small group of students (typically four students). Students work online in ‘virtual office spaces’ and undertake simulated exercises in areas such as commercial, property and civil litigation.

You will manage all aspects of the virtual law firm, including trust accounting, interacting with partners and associates, and working with clients. You will receive valuable feedback from our expert team of Practitioner Teachers. The feedback is designed to assist you to develop a comprehensive understanding of what is expected of a graduate lawyer.

 

Element 3: Electives

 

There are nine Admission to Practice electives in total and the number you need to complete depends on the length of your placement, as shown in the table below, in Element 4. Electives are studied online, except for the Criminal Practice elective which is a face-to-face intensive course.

The Admission to Practice electives are:

Please see the GDLP program page for more information.

You may choose to do your electives before, during or after your Professional Practice Core (PPC).

For scheduling of these courses, please see our GDLP course timetable page or the PDF icon 2018 GDLP and MLP course timetable (140.68 KB)

You have the option of continuing to study towards the Master of Legal Practice. This requires only an additional four courses. There are over 80 masters courses to choose from, please see our Law course finder or the PDF icon 2018 Masters Course Timetable.pdf (810.9 KB) for course scheduling.

* Please note: if you wish to do LEGW8124 Government Law you must do at least two other LEGW electives.

 

Element 4: Legal Practice Experience (LPE)

 

Legal Practice Experience (LPE) is a placement in the legal profession under the supervision of a lawyer with at least three years of legal experience. You have the option of completing a 20, 50 or 80 day placement in an approved legal workplace. Overseas placements can be approved, subject to some conditions. 

Choose the length of your Legal Practice Experience placement, either 20, 50 or 80 days, and the table below indicates the number of mandatory electives you will need to complete. Please refer to the PDF icon LPE Guidelines (440.04 KB) for more information and to the PDF icon LPE form (606 KB) to make an application.

While it is your responsibility to find a placement, ANU School of Legal Practice can assist. We also regularly advertise legal placement opportunities for students on the Legal Careers and Placements page.

Placement length

Mandatory number of electives

20 days

4 elective courses

50 days

3 elective courses

80 days

2 elective courses

Legal Aid Clinic (LAC) Program

The Legal Aid Clinic based at the ACT Legal Aid Office offers an opportunity to undertake a seven day placement in Canberra which counts for 10 days of placement. Please refer to the PDF icon LAC Program Booklet (140.24 KB)

There will be three LAC sessions in Semester 1 2018:

Session One - Friday 19 January 2018 Orientation Workshop, 4pm (Fully booked)
Mon 22/1 Mon 29/1 Mon 5/2 Mon 12/2 Mon 19/2 Mon 26/2
Session Two - Friday 2/3/2018 Orientation Workshop, 4pm (Fully booked)
Mon 5/3 Tues 13/3 Mon 19/3 Mon 26/3 Mon 9/4 Mon 16/4
Session Three - Friday 20/4/2018 Orientation Workshop, 4pm (Limited places available)
Mon 23/4 Mon 30/4 Mon 7/5 Mon 14/5 Mon 21/5 Tues 29/5

**Please note LAC will have different arrangements in Second Semester, thus no firm bookings can be taken. However, we will keep a Wait List to give students a priority opportunity to enrol in LAC Second Semester: please email your interest to Peter Sutherland, the LAC Convenor, at peter.sutherland@anu.edu.au

Regional, Rural and Remote (RRR) placement

Due to a shortage of lawyers in regional, rural and remote areas of Australia, we strongly encourage GDLP students to undertake the legal placement experience component of the GDLP in RRR areas.

The ANU School of Legal Practice is the first and only Practical Legal Training program in Australia contributing towards addressing the significant need for lawyers in RRR locations by offering financial assistance to help offset the costs of out of pocket expenses such as travel and accommodation in support of students undertaking RRR legal practice experience.

To arrange a RRR legal placement, you will at first instance, enquire directly with legal organisations or practices, in RRR locations, to arrange and confirm a legal placement following which you will complete and submit the PDF icon RRR Financial Assistance Application Form (127.39 KB) to the School of Legal Practice along with any required supporting documents.

In 2017 we celebrated the start of our new course, Law, Lawyers and Justice: Regional, Rural, Remote in the Master of Legal Practice (MLP) program. Students in the ANU Juris Doctor (On-Campus), Juris Doctor (Online) and LLM program can also take the course.

 

Kimberley Community Legal Services

We provide opportunities for students to find placements at the Kimberley Community Legal Services (KCLS) which are supported by funding from the RRR scholarships.

 

 

 

Element 5: Ready For Practice

 

Ready for Practice is a three week capstone experience which enables you to draw together your learning in the GDLP. You will receive supportive coaching in preparation for a smooth transition to practice. 

Please read the FAQs and then complete the LEGW8152 Ready for Practice Permission Code Application.

 

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