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 (440.04 KB)
for more information and to the 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.
Mandatory number of electives
4 elective courses
3 elective courses
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 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)
|Session Two - Friday 2/3/2018 Orientation Workshop, 4pm (Fully booked)
|Session Three - Friday 20/4/2018 Orientation Workshop, 4pm (Limited places available)
**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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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.
Beyond Law - exclusive listing
We have an arrangement with Beyond Law to provide a minimum of 5 placement opportunities each month exclusive to ANU School of Legal Practice students. You just need to register with your ANU email address in order to see the exclusively listed placements.