Starting early on your Practical Legal Training

Completing your ANU LLBHons or JD is the first step towards being admitted to practice as a lawyer.  Before you can practice law in Australia, you must complete practical legal training (PLT). Building on your LLBHons or Juris Doctor, PLT provides the practical skills and knowledge you’ll need as a legal professional, and allows you to be admitted as a lawyer.

You can become fully qualified for practice by completing your PLT through the online Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice with the ANU School of Legal Practice. ANU School of Legal Practice is Australia’s largest university-based practical legal training provider, and can have you ready to be admitted to practice law in as little as six months.

Early start

The Law Admissions Consultative Committee (LACC) which sets the Competency Standards for Entry Level Lawyers has introduced guidelines about when you can start Practical Legal Training (PLT) early. It is up to each state and territory Admitting Authority to accept these guidelines but the requirements are:

  • You must have no more than two academic subjects to complete, and these must be elective courses. That is, you can’t apply to start early unless you have completed all the compulsory Priestley 11 courses and
  • You must be enrolled in these courses while undertaking the GDLP and
  • You must have received the prior permission of the Admitting Authority to commence the GDLP.

Dean's certificate, academic conduct report and ranking certificate

You may need a Dean's Certificate or Academic Conduct Report to be admitted to practice. These are available from the Law School Office by request in writing by email. For Dean's Certificates, please advise the jurisdiction in which you plan to be admitted.

We will also need your mailing address if you would like the certificate/report posted to you or a phone number where we can contact you once the certificate is available for collection. Please allow a lead time of one month for the certificate/report to be prepared.

Updated:  10 August 2015/Responsible Officer:  College General Manager, ANU College of Law/Page Contact:  Law Marketing Team