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Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice

A single graduate award offered by the ANU School of Legal Practice

  • Minimum 48 Units
  • Academic plan 6303XGDLP
  • Mode of delivery
    • Multi-Modal
  • Minimum 48 Units
  • Academic plan 6303XGDLP
  • Mode of delivery
    • Multi-Modal

Program Requirements

The Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice requires the completion of 48 units, which must consist of:

A minimum of 36 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

LEGW8141 Becoming a Practitioner

LEGW8142 Professional Practice Core

LEGW8143 Legal Practice Experience

LEGW8152 Ready For Practice


A minimum of 6 units from completion of courses in the following list:

LEGW8010 Banking & Finance Law

LEGW8106 Criminal Practice

LEGW8107 Family Law Practice

LEGW8114 Wills Probate and Administration of Estate

LEGW8118 Administrative Law Practice

LEGW8135 Consumer Law Practice

LEGW8136 Employment and Industrial Practice

LEGW8137 Planning and Environmental Practice


A maximum of 3 units from completion of LEGW8124 Government Law Practice

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor of Laws,  Bachelor of Laws (Honours) or Juris Doctor, or equivalent.

The Diploma in Law awarded by the Legal Profession Admission Board is also accepted for admission to this program.

Students that have completed all compulsory courses and have a maximum of 12 units (2 courses) to complete in their LLB, LLB (Hons) or JD program may apply for concurrent enrolment to complete their remaining electives at the same time as commencing the first courses of the GDLP.

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:

ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities:

Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.


Annual indicative fee for domestic students

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Annual indicative fee for international students

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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.

This program provides students with study for the competency standards for entry level lawyers set by the Australasian Professional Legal Education Council (APLEC) and Law Admissions Consultative Council (LACC).

The ANU School of Legal Practice has a large teaching staff of practising lawyers, many of whom conduct significant research on professional legal education and on the transition from student to lawyer, wellbeing and resilience. They do so in conjunction with colleagues in the fields of education and psychology.


Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

1. Apply professional knowledge, skills and ethical responsibilities to review, analyse and synthesise knowledge and information to advise and represent clients and other stakeholders.
2. Demonstrate specialised technical skills to generate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level and apply critical thinking, creativity and initiative to justify conclusions and solutions.
3. Investigate, critically reflect on and communicate information to inform diverse audiences of complex theoretical and practical ideas, concepts, strategies, courses of action and solutions in legal practice contexts.
4. Demonstrate high level personal autonomy and accountability in legal practice through professional and ethical behaviour.

Over the course of the GDLP gather evidence (utilising a portfolio) of professional development towards the skills, attitudes and identity formation required of a competent entry level lawyer.  You will have the opportunity to discuss this evidence and your experiences in legal placement with your chosen Individual Program Mentor during dedicated mentoring sessions at least four times in a year.

 At the conclusion of the GDLP this portfolio will provide the basis for demonstrating a higher level ability to analyse, evaluate and persuasively communicate your understanding of:

  •  the intricate relationship between legal skills and knowledge, professional conduct, and meeting a broad range of client needs in different legal practice contexts;
  •  the nature of professional identity; 
  •  and identify areas for and approaches to ongoing professional development.

The portfolio will also provide you with the opportunity to develop and test your own personalised templates that may be of use to you in legal practice.




Further Information

For further information on this program, please visit the GDLP website.
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