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.

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 LLM courses page 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 LPE Guidelines for more information and to the LPE form to make an application.

It is your responsibility to find a placement. ANU School of Legal Practice advertise possible 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, 6 Fulltime sessions and 3 Part-time sessions of 15 or 20 days LPE. Bookings for Semester 1, 2020 are now open:

Please refer to the LAC Program Booklet for more information.

The LAC full-time placement sessions in Semester 1 2020:

Session One – Friday, 31 January 2020 Orientation Workshop – 4.00pm

Mon 3 Feb to Fri 7 Feb

Mon 10 Feb to Fri 14 Feb Mon 17 Feb to Fri 21 Feb Mon 24 Feb to Fri 28 Feb

Session Two – Friday, 31 January 2020 Orientation Workshop – 4.00pm

Mon 2 Mar to Fri 6 Mar Tue 10 Mar to Fri 13 Mar
Public Holiday: 9 Mar
Mon 16 Mar to Fri 20 Mar Mon 23 Mar to Fri 27 Mar

Session Three – Friday, 27 March 2020 Orientation Workshop – 4.00pm

Mon 30 Mar to Fri 3 Apr Mon 6 Apr to Thu 9 Apr
Public Holiday: 10 Apr
Tue 14 Apr to Fri 17 Apr
Public Holiday: 13 Apr
Mon 20 Apr to Fri 24 Apr

Session Four – Friday, 24 April 2020 Orientation Workshop – 4.00pm

Mon 27 apr to Fri 1 May Mon 4 May to Fri 8 May Mon 11 May to Fri 15 May Mon 18 May to Fri 22 May

Session Five – Friday, 24 April 2020 Orientation Workshop – 4.00pm

Mon 25 May to Fri 29 May Tue 2 Jun to Fri 14 Feb
Public Holiday: 1 Jun
Tue 9 Jun to Fri 12 Jun
Public Holiday: 8 Jun
Mon 15 Jun to Fri 19 Jun

The Legal Aid Clinic will offer students two part-time sessions in Semester 1, 2020.

The second of these sessions will be split into students who wish to undertake 15 or 20 days LPE. 

A workshop at 4pm on the Friday before each Session starts: PT1. Fri 31 Jan; PT2 (20day). Fri 27 March, PT2 (15day). Fri 24 April

Each Session starts on a specific day: PT1 Monday 3 Feb; PT2 (20days) Monday 30 March, PT32 (15days) Monday 27 April and requires attendance on every Monday and Friday (excluding public holidays) until the student completes their LPE days.

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 (147.39 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 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 supported 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 for further information.


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