Structure of GDLP program

Becoming a Practitioner (BAP)

Ready for
Practice (RFP)


Legal Practice

Practice Core

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 applies.

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.
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)


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 (139.98 KB) or PDF icon 2019 GDLP MLP course timetable.pdf (109.47 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 (202 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  (170.42 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, in Canberra, a 10 day part-time placement on Mondays and Fridays for five weeks, or a 15 day full-time placement for three weeks. Please refer to the PDF icon LAC information booklet (148.33 KB) .

The LAC full-time placement sessions in Semester 2 2018:

Session One - Friday 13 July 2018 Orientation Workshop, 4pm
Mon 16 Jul to
Fri 27 Jul 
Mon 23 Jul to
Fri 3 Aug
Mon 30 Jul to
Fri 3 Aug
Session Two - Friday 13 July 2018 Orientation Workshop, 4pm
Mon 6 Aug to
Fri 10 Aug
Mon 13 Aug to 
Fri 17 Aug
Mon 20 Aug to
Fri 24 Aug
Session Three - Friday 17 August 2018 Orientation Workshop, 4pm
Mon 27 Aug to
Fri 31 Aug
Mon 3 Sept to 
Fri 7 Sept
Mon 10 Sept to
Fri 14 Sept
Session Four - Friday 14 September 2018 Orientation Workshop, 4pm
Mon 17 Sept to
Fri 21 Sept
Mon 24 Sept to
Fri 28 Sept
Tue 2 Oct to Fri 5 Oct
& Mon 8 Oct
Session Five - Friday 5 October 2018 Orientation Workshop, 4pm
Tue 9 Oct to Fri 12 Oct
& Mon 15 Oct
Tue 16 Oct to Fri 19 Oct
& Mon 22 Oct
Tue 23 Oct to Fri 26 Oct
& Mon 29 Oct

The LAC part-time placement sessions in Semester 2 2018:

Session One - Friday 13 July 2018 Orientation Workshop, 4pm

Mon 16 Jul & 
Fri 20 Jul

Mon 23 Jul &
Fri 27 Jul
Mon 30 Jul &
Fri 3 Aug
Mon 6 Aug &
Fri 10 Aug
Mon 13 Aug &
Fri 17 Aug
Session Two - Friday 17 August 2018 Orientation Workshop, 4pm
Mon 20 Aug &
Fri 24 Aug

Mon 27 Aug &
Fri 31 Aug

Mon 3 Sept &
Fri 7 Sept
Mon 10 Sept &
Fri 14 Sept
Mon 17 Sept &
Fri 21 Sept
Session Three - Friday 14 September 2018 Orientation Workshop, 4pm
Mon 24 Sept &
Fri 28 Sept
Fri 5 Oct &
Mon 8 Oct
Fri 12 Oct &
Mon 15 Oct
Fri 19 Oct &
Mon 22 Oct
Fri 26 Oct &
Mon 29 Oct

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 (122.2 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 and LLM program can also take the course.

Kimberley Community Legal Services

We collaborate with the Kimberley Community Legal Services (KCLS) to help students to arrange placements. These placements can be support by the RRR scholarship assistance provided by the ANU School of Legal Practice.


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