Master of Legal Practice

  • Announcement about ANU School of Legal Practice - Updated December 2019The Australian National University has announced programs in the School of Legal Practice will not be available after December 2021. This decision does not affect programs offered by the ANU Law School. Programs in the School of Legal Practice will be taught until the end of 2021 and new enrolments for 2020 are being accepted. All new and existing program enrolments are subject to program completion date of 31 December 2021. For more information please refer to the FAQs.

 

The ANU MLP: the specialist edge in legal practice

The ANU Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GDLP) is your shortest pathway to practice law.  The ANU Master of Legal Practice (MLP) extends your legal practice knowledge and can be completed in as little as an additional six months after your GDLP.

The ANU MLP is an advanced, practice-based qualification, providing specialised knowledge on the application of law in practice. The ANU MLP instils a higher understanding of law and requires intellectual perseverance and application.

As with the ANU GDLP, the GDLP component of the ANU MLP meets the requirements of the Australian Law Admissions Consultative Committee, enabling you to be admitted to practice as a lawyer in Australia.

With the option of studying completely online, the ANU MLP offers you the opportunity to gain a deeper-level understanding of legal practice and knowledge in specific areas and graduate with a Masters-level qualification.

 

Seek admission and continue to study

Seek admission and continue to study


Once you have completed the ANU GDLP component, you can seek admission to practice while continuing to study the four masters completion courses you need to gain your MLP.

The MLP is initially structured around the ANU GDLP, allowing you to gain the necessary knowledge and skills to apply for admission to practice in as little as six months. Once you’ve reached this point, you can:

  • exit the ANU MLP and graduate with an ANU GDLP and seek admission as a lawyer; or
  • seek admission as a lawyer and continue your study to graduate with an ANU MLP; or
  • seek admission as a lawyer and defer the study of your ANU MLP, noting that you must complete you MLP studies no later than 31 December 2021.
 

Career options

Career options


The ANU MLP gives you a competitive edge by extending your expertise and opening up new career options, whether you wish to work for a boutique firm, a large multi-national firm, for government or for international organisations.

 

Specialise

Specialise with deeper-level study


The ANU MLP enables students to gain more from their PLT.

Alongside developing the values and attributes required in legal practice, the ANU MLP facilitates your focus on specialist practice areas. You may create your own combination of courses from the Masters courses offered by the ANU College of Law. To see the list of courses available, go to our MLP courses page and our LLM courses page.

You can start the MLP completion courses while undertaking your GDLP component courses – subject to study overload rules.

You have up to two years to start your MLP after completion of your GDLP, provided you complete your MLP courses no later than 31 December 2021.

You will need 24 units of masters courses to complete your MLP. You may choose to do:

  • All 24 units (4 courses) from the MLP masters completion courses, see MLP courses page, OR
  • A minimum of 18 units from the MLP masters completion courses, see MLP courses page, ​AND
  • A maximum of 6 units from other masters level courses offered by the ANU College of Law, see the LLM courses page.
 

Structure

Structure study to suit your schedule


To help you to balance study with full-time employment and other commitments, the ANU MLP places an emphasis on flexibility, accessibility and online learning.

In most cases, MLP courses undertaken by ANU MLP students are offered online or by intensive teaching (consolidated face-to-face teaching over 3-5 day periods), reducing or removing the need to travel to the ANU campus in Canberra.

To see the list of courses available, go to our MLP courses page and our LLM courses page

 

 

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