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Australian National University (ANU)

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Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice

  • Graduate Diploma

ANU is Australia’s leading university provider of Practical Legal Training (PLT) through the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (GDLP). The ANU GDLP is accredited by the ACT Admissions Board and the Victorian Legal Admissions Board. The GDLP program meets the national standards for preparing entry level lawyers for professional legal practice.

Key details

Degree Type
Graduate Diploma
Course Code
6303XGDLP
Study Mode
Online, In person
Domestic Fees
$11,702 per year / $11,702 total
International Fees
$15,827 per year / $15,827 total

About this course

ANU is Australia’s leading university provider of Practical Legal Training (PLT) through the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (GDLP). The ANU GDLP is accredited by the ACT Admissions Board and the Victorian Legal Admissions Board. The GDLP program meets the national standards for preparing entry level lawyers for professional legal practice.Designed to provide you with the practical skills and professional understanding you will need as a lawyer, the ANU GDLP builds on the knowledge you have gained in your Bachelor of Law degree or Juris Doctor. It provides you with the qualification you need to be admitted as a lawyer in Australia.There is also the option to undertake further study of 4 Masters level courses and graduate with a Master of Legal Practice (MLP). Students have up to two years to do this after completing the GDLP.The ANU GDLP program is an online program. You can choose to balance the Practical Legal Training requirements with employment, or other personal commitments and to study at ANU regardless of location.The GDLP program is comprised of the following components:• Becoming a Practitioner (BAP) – This is a compulsory four-day face-to-face threshold entry course which introduces fundamental skills in interviewing, writing, negotiation and advocacy.• Professional Practice Core (PPC) – The PPC is a 12-week course that covers the compulsory practice areas in the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GDLP) namely:1. Property Law Practice;2. Commercial Law Practice;3. Civil Litigation Practice;4. Ethics and Professional Responsibility;5. Legal Accounting Practice;6. Professional Formation attitudes, skills and competencies.During the PPC, you will study individually and as one of a legal team. You will work on legal matters as an entry-level lawyer.• Electives – You will choose from an extensive suite of elective courses, offered by our team of expert Practitioner Teachers. The number of electives that you undertake will depend on the duration of your Legal Practice Experience (see below). • Legal Practice Experience (LPE) - You have the option of completing LPE in a total of 20, 50 or 80 days. The GDLP fee varies according to the number of LPE days and electives you choose to do.• Ready for Practice (RFP) – This is a three-week capstone experience which enables you to draw together your professional skill development in the GDLP.

Entry requirements

Australian Bachelor LLB, LLB (Hons) or Juris Doctor or International qualification assessed as equivalent by an Australian Legal Practitioner Admission Board. The Diploma in Law awarded by the Legal Profession Admission Board is also accepted for admission to this program.

Students who have completed all compulsory courses and have a maximum of 12 units (2 courses) to complete in their LLB, LLB(Hons) or JD degree and who plan to apply for concurrent enrolment to complete their remaining electives at the same time as commencing the first courses of the MLP, must first obtain permission to do so from the legal practitioners admission board in the jurisdiction in which they will be seeking admission.

English language Requirements

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students

Assessment of qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met.

Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework: www.aqf.edu.au

Alternate Admin Requirements

Australian Bachelor LLB, LLB (Hons) or Juris Doctor or International qualification assessed as equivalent by an Australian Legal Practitioner Admission Board. The Diploma in Law awarded by the Legal Profession Admission Board is also accepted for admission to this program.

Students who have completed all compulsory courses and have a maximum of 12 units (2 courses) to complete in their LLB, LLB(Hons) or JD degree and who plan to apply for concurrent enrolment to complete their remaining electives at the same time as commencing the first courses of the MLP, must first obtain permission to do so from the legal practitioners admission board in the jurisdiction in which they will be seeking admission.

English language Requirements

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students

Assessment of qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met. Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework: www.aqf.edu.au

Indicative fees Domestic International Annual indicative fee for domestic students $11,702.00

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students $15,827.00 Scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Study locations

Canberra

Online

Graduate outcomes

Graduate satisfaction and employment outcomes for Law & Paralegal Studies courses at Australian National University (ANU).
80.2%
Overall satisfaction
71.5%
Skill scale
65.7%
Teaching scale
89.8%
Employed full-time
$73k
Average salary