Master of Legal Practice

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The ANU MLP: the specialist edge in legal practice

While the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GDLP) is your shortest pathway to practice law, the Master of Legal Practice extends your legal practice expertise and can be completed in as little as an additional six months after your GDLP.

Providing specialised knowledge on the application of law, the ANU Master of Legal Practice is an advanced, practice-based qualification if you’re seeking a competitive edge from your practical legal training (PLT).

The Master of Legal Practice is highly regarded amongst employers because it instils a higher understanding of law and requires intellectual perseverance and application. As with the ANU GDLP, the ANU MLP meets the requirements of the Australian Law Admissions Consultative Committee, and equips you with the practical insight and professional understanding needed to be admitted 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 the legal practice context, strengthen your knowledge in specific areas and graduate with a Masters-level qualification. Students graduate from the MLP with a Masters-level degree and the ability to seek direct or reciprocal admission to practise law nationally.

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


Career options

Career options

The ANU MLP is the ultimate in practical legal training, giving you a further a competitive edge by extending your expertise and opening up new career options whether you want to work for a boutique firm, a large multi-national firm, for government or for international organisations. 


Specialise with deeper-level study

Specialise with deeper-level study

The ANU MLP responds to the demand from students seeking more from their PLT.

Alongside developing the values and attributes required in legal practice environments, the MLP allows students to focus on specialist practice areas – such as litigation, evidence, commercial drafting, procurement, probity and family law – or create your own combination of electives from over 80 Masters courses offered by the ANU College of Law. To see the list of courses available, go to our LLM courses page.


Seek admission and continue to study

Seek admission and continue to study

The ANU MLP offers you the option to seek admission to practice and continue to study to maximise your understanding in key practice areas. 

The MLP is initially structured around the ANU GDLP, allowing you to gain the necessary 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);
  • 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 for up to two years.

In most cases, completing your ANU MLP requires completing three additional Masters level courses from the Masters completion courses list, and one course from the broader list of Masters courses in as little as six months following the completion of the ANU GDLP component.

To see the broader list of Masters courses go to our LLM courses page.

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

You have up to two years to start your MLP after completion of your GDLP.


Structure study to suit your schedule

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, elective 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.

Go see our MLP courses page for a list of available courses.


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