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Course content

The Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Online), also known as Professional Legal Training (PLT), is the link between a student's law degree and becoming a practising lawyer. The PLT program is a coursework degree that provides structured and supervised legal training, based on the Competency Standards for entry level lawyers developed by the admitting authorities and the Australian Professional Legal Education Council (APLEC). The online program can be undertaken full-time or part-time, and consists of the following three components: -Practical Legal Training: 1 semester (full-time) or 2 semesters (part-time); -Practical Experience (75 days); and -Continuing Practical Training (75 hours, undertaken concurrently with Practical Experience component). 

Professional outcomes

Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice will enable you to apply for admission to legal practice in Australia (except South Australia and Northern Territory). Students should contact the relevant admitting authority to ascertain the requirements for admission in specific States or Territories. 

Structure and subjects

The Professional Legal Training online program has three components:

1. Practical legal training component

This component is delivered online over one semester (full-time) or two semesters (part-time).

Practical Legal Training concentrates on the development of ‘lawyering’ skills such as legal research, analysis and problem solving, legal writing and drafting, interviewing and oral communication, advising, advocacy, dispute resolution and professional ethics and conduct.

Online PLT students will be expected to attend Bond University for one learning intensive for one week near the beginning of the Practical Legal Training component.

2. Practical experience component

Students are required to complete 75 days of work experience in an approved law office in Australia.  If you are studying online full time, you may undertake your practical experience either before or after, but not concurrently with, the Practical Legal Training component. If you are studying online part time, you may undertake the practical experience before, after or concurrently with the Practical Legal Training component.  The work experience can be undertaken in more than one law office and can be completed prior to or after the Practical Training component. Our law Graduate Placement Manager can assist students in obtaining a placement.

3. Continuing practical training component

This provides students with a further 75 hours of training relevant to the Practical Experience component and is completed online. It is undertaken concurrently with the Practical Experience component.

Teaching approach

Bond Law’s unique personalised approach to teaching allows online students to benefit from one-on-one access to experienced practising legal professionals, PLT legal academics and acknowledged industry experts.


Visit the Legal Practice ONLINE (PgDip) page on the Bond University website for more details!

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