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Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice

ANU Legal Workshop offers a specialised university-based professional legal education, the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (GDLP).

Our GDLP is designed according to the Australasian Professional Legal Education Council (APLEC) and Law Admissions Consultative Committee (LACC) Competency Standards for Entry Level Lawyers.

To practise as a lawyer involves admission to practice by the Supreme Court of an Australian State or Territory, and then the obtaining of a practising certificate, usually issued by the local legal professional body.

To be admitted as a legal practitioner in Australia a person must complete:

  1. a tertiary academic course involving 11 areas of legal knowledge specified in the Uniform Admission Rules (eg. a LLB or JD)
  2. a practical legal training course such as the GDLP

Overseas degrees or courses of study may be recognised by an Australian admitting authority. However, an applicant may be required also to undertake further Australian study, in addition to their foreign qualifications, in order to be admitted to practice.

If you have an overseas law degree, you should contact the relevant admission authority in the state where you plan on being admitted in relation to necessary bridging courses. More information relating to overseas qualifications for admission to practice in Australia can be found by referring to the Uniform Principles for Overseas Applicants.

Provided you meet all requirements as laid out by the relevant admission authorities, completion of the GDLP, together with an LLB or JD allows for direct admission to practice in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland Western Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory, and reciprocal admission in South Australia.

Flexible online learning

The GDLP provides the high standard of academic and professional education expected at Australia's premier university. The GDLP is a flexible program which is ideal for students who are working or who have home or personal commitments. After completing the Becoming a Practitioner intensive, students can undertake the program from anywhere in Australia or overseas.

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25 August 2014 - BAP intensive in Sydney

Becoming a Practitioner (BAP) is the first part of the program and is a 5 day pre-requisite face-to-face intensive offered in cities Australia wide.

The venue for next week’s Becoming a Practitioner course is Cliftons, Level 11, 60 Margaret Street, Sydney. The course convener will be Ben Battcock (GDLP Senior Lecturer).

Registrations commence at 8.30am for a 9am start. See you in Sydney!

Legal Workshop

ANU Legal Workshop is Australia's leading and largest university provider of accredited professional legal education.

We offer online programs which are nationally and internationally accessible.

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Join us on 30 August 2014 and discover how you can study at one of the world's top 15 law schools.

Updated: 25 July 2014/ Responsible Officer:  Director, GDLP / Page Contact:  Program Coordinator, GDLP