The ANU Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GDLP) has been accredited by the ACT Legal Practitioners Admission Board, with the latest review finding the program continues to meet the national learning and competency requirements for entry level lawyers.
The review – jointly commissioned by the ACT Legal Practitioners Admission Board and the Victorian Legal Admissions Board – saw an expert panel including Professor Ainslie Lamb (University of Wollongong), Professor Jeff Giddings (Griffith University) and Professor Julian Webb (University of Melbourne) confirm the ANU GDLP remained suitable as an approved course for admission as a legal practitioner.
The review noted the ANU GDLP met the mandatory national competency standards for entry level lawyers and that ANU Legal Workshop reflected required standards for practical legal training providers in Australia, and recommended the program be re-accredited for a further five years.
Director of ANU Legal Workshop, Associate Professor Gary Tamsitt, said he was pleased with the findings of the review, and the decision by the ACT Legal Practitioners Admission Board to continue its approval of the GDLP.
“The ANU GDLP is specifically designed to prepare law graduates with the highest level of practical skills and professional understanding they need as legal practitioners.
“It is especially pleasing for the quality and educational innovation of the ANU GDLP to be recognised, and for our students to have the assurance the program continues to be fully accredited,” Associate Professor Tamsitt said.
Although the accreditation for the ANU GDLP is made in the ACT, Associate Professor Tamsitt said reciprocal agreements allowed ANU GDLP graduates to seek direct admission as a legal practitioner in Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia, Queensland, the Northern Territory and Tasmania.
“Once admitted in these states or the ACT, ANU GDLP graduates can apply for a local practising certificate should they wish to practise law in South Australia.”
“This reflects the mandate of ANU to provide industry-standard, high quality education to students across Australia,” Associate Professor Tamsitt said.
– BY TIM GRAINGER