The Leo Cussen Practical Legal Training Course

The Leo Cussen Practical Legal Training (PLT) program is designed for JD and LLB graduates seeking admission to the legal profession as an Australian Lawyer.  Graduates of our PLT course are awarded a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (GDLP).

Completion of Practical Legal Training is a prerequisite for admission to the Australian legal profession.

With over 40 years of experience in the delivery of legal training, Leo Cussen Centre for Law is recognised by the legal profession as a centre of excellence in legal education.

Our next course starts in July 2020 and will be delivered wholly online while the coronavirus prevents face to face learning.

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Important Information for Applicants

What is your learning style?

Vic Onsite* full time – designed for those who like more structured support, a more defined schedule of learning and more classroom instruction in addition to online activities and video content.  During 2020 this course will be available wholly online.  21 weeks of coursework, plus three weeks’ professional placement**. Starts July.

Vic Online full time – designed for those who enjoy self directed learning and a more flexible schedule, including online activities and video content.  During 2020 this course will be available wholly online. 21 weeks of coursework, including 13 days face-to-face (attended online in 2020), and three weeks’ professional placement**. Starts July.

Vic Online part-time – designed for those need more time to complete their PLT due to work, family or other commitments, this course is also for those who enjoy self directed learning and a more flexible schedule, including online activities and video content.  During 2020 this course will be available wholly online. 42 weeks of coursework, including 13 days face-to-face (attended online in 2020), and three weeks’ professional placement**. Starts July.

WA Online full time – designed for those who enjoy self directed learning and a flexible schedule, including more online activities and video content.  During 2020 this course will be available wholly online. 21 weeks of coursework, including 13 days face-to-face (attended online in 2020), and either:

  1. 4 weeks of professional placement plus a 5-week equivalent additional coursework Career and Profession Ready Module which may be completed concurrently **; or
  2. 9 weeks of professional placement **.

*During 2020 this course will be available wholly online

**Requirements for professional placement may be adjusted due to the coronavirus

More information?

Head to this page for detailed information specific to our PLT courses, including eligibility, attendance obligations, dates, fee information and much more.

Important Information for Applicants

Our Organisation

  • A unique and honourable history of contribution to our profession
  • Training graduates to become great lawyers since 1972
  • A priceless reputation among legal employers for high quality, comprehensive training

Legal Employers – how you can help

  • Sponsor a graduate to do PLT
  • Provide a three-week placement to a trainee (or four-week placement, if based in WA)
  • Employ a Leo Cussen graduate

Aims of Practical Legal Training

Leo Cussen’s mission is to provide comprehensive and quality practical training to law graduates leading to their admission to the legal profession as Australian lawyers.

We aim to provide best practice training and assessment in skills and substantive law for entry-level lawyers that:

  • goes beyond the National Competency Standards for Entry Level Lawyers
  • provides a broad range of training and assessment in general legal skills and ‘how to’ skills for specific areas of legal practice
  • provides transferable skills to support diverse professional workplace contexts

We believe that:

  • PLT acts as a bridge between academic learning and legal practice.
  • PLT should have its emphasis in learning by doing and the development of practical skills in the context of matters and situations that will be encountered in legal practice.
  • PLT should integrate the teaching of skills, ethics, substance, practice and procedure in the context of a series of simulated files that are based on routine transactions.
  • PLT should approximate the reality of practice to the fullest extent practicable.

Information Session

Come along to our next Information Session to find out more about our Practical Legal Training (PLT) program.

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