Practical legal training (PLT) is an essential requirement for admission as a lawyer in Australia. 

What is UNSW’s practical legal training? 

The UNSW Graduate Diploma in Legal Professional Practice (GDLPP) offers a distinctive, practice-ready program for law graduates intending to seek admission to the legal profession. It is designed to develop both practical skills and proficiency in the day-to-day practice of law and to ensure graduates satisfy the competency standards for entry-level lawyers.

Why a practical legal training program at UNSW? 

  • Complete your PLT at the law school ranked 14th law school in the world* 
  • Our PLT program is developed with subject matter experts from a cross-section of the practising profession
  • We offer students a flexible, predominantly digital pathway to practice
  • Our staff student ratios mean high student engagement and mentoring relationships
  • Our unique workplace experience offers opportunities in the Faculty’s clinics, including Kingsford Legal Centre, Refugee Advice and Casework Service and Youth Law Australia
  • The practicum at UNSW provides further flexibility for students who are unable to find placements, with opportunities to acquire additional specialised experience, skills and knowledge through technical learning spaces, specialised modules (such as legal tech) or placements
  • Current UNSW Law students can complete their PLT while finishing their degree at the same institution and using the same (and familiar) institutional systems

*QS World Rankings 2019



February (Term 1) and September (Term 3) 2020 

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Entry requirements: 

You will need:

A Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or a Juris Doctor (JD), or a qualification considered equivalent from an Australian university or tertiary institution.

In NSW, it may be possible to complete your PLT earlier if you have completed all Priestley 11 core courses/subjects and have no more than two electives remaining to complete in your LLB/JD or equivalent qualification.  

If you would like to start your PLT early, you can seek approval from the Legal Profession Admission Board (LPAB). 


UNSW Graduate Diploma in Legal Professional Practice (GDLPP)

How to apply:

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