Course Structure

The Leo Cussen Practical Legal Training Course (Onsite & Online)

Leo Cussen Centre for Law offers a course of practical legal training for LLB graduates (or equivalent) leading to admission to the legal profession as an Australian Lawyer. This training can be undertaken either as ‘supervised legal training’ known as Traineeships (VIC) or Articled Clerkships (WA), or in a course such as the Leo Cussen Practical Legal Training Course.

The Leo Cussen Centre for Law PLT course, leading to the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, is approved by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board and the Legal Practice Board of WA, and is recognised by the legal profession as providing comprehensive and quality training. The course is delivered in both an onsite and online (blended learning) mode. The online course is also offered part-time.

Next course starts 29 January 2018! Apply now

Important Information for Applicants

Course Dates

  • Onsite – 21 weeks of formal training, 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri, and three weeks’ professional placement; two courses per year.
  • Online – 21 weeks of formal training, including 13 days face-to-face onsite, and three weeks’ professional placement. Two courses per year.
  • Online WA – 21 weeks of formal training, including 13 days face-to-face in Perth, and 15 weeks of professional placement. One course per year.
  • Online part-time – same course structure as online but runs for 42 weeks, including  18 days face-to-face onsite.
Course Dates 2018

Onsite Full-Time PLT 1 (29 January to 6 July)

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5pm on 17 November 2017

Offers made by

30 November 2017

Course Dates 2018

Online Full-Time PLT 1 (29 January to 15 June)

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5pm on 17 November 2017

Offers made by

30 November 2017

Course Dates 2018

Online Part-Time PLT (29 Jan – 30 Nov)

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5pm on 17 November 2017

Offers made by

30 November 2017

Course Dates 2018

Online WA Full-Time PLT (12 March to 27 July)

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5pm on 12 February 2018

Offers made by

19 February 2018

Course Dates 2018

Onsite Full-Time PLT 2 (16 July to 21 December)

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5pm on 11 May 2018

Offers made by

18 May 2018

Course Dates 2018

Online Full-Time PLT 2 (16 July to 30 November)

Apply by for first round offer

5pm on 11 May 2018

Offers made by

18 May 2018

Important Information for Applicants

On this page you will find detailed information specific to our PLT courses, including eligibility, attendance obligations, selection criteria, vital dates, fee information and much more.

Why Leo Cussen – Course Features

After all, what do we think makes us special that you should choose Leo Cussen?

  • Onsite or online – choose the course that suits you
  • Learning by doing – simulated files, registry, bank – PLT is like a real work environment
  • No theoretical exams – GDLP assessment reflects actual workplace experience
  • Career support – dedicated Graduate Placement and Careers Advisor to help with job search and preparation
  • Collegial – Leo Cussen PLT is challenging but also friendly and supportive
  • Mentoring – you receive constant one-on-one guidance from experienced lawyers
  • Visiting leading professionals – for quality training in small groups
  • Onsite PLT – Victoria’s only full-time course, with arranged placement
  • Wide Areas of Practice – covered fully under in our Course Structure page
    • Leo Cussen offers more than the required minimum training
    • Gain knowledge, skills and confidence
    • Have greater choice as you enter the legal profession

Our Organisation

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

Legal Employers – how you can help

  • Sponsor a graduate to do PLT
  • Provide a three-week placement to a trainee
  • 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:

  • covers completely the National Competency Standards for Entry Level Lawyers
  • provides a broad range of training and assessment in skills and substantive law for entry-level lawyers
  • provides transferable skills in the knowledge, given that the legal profession comprises diverse professional workplace contexts

Constant, relevant objectives are 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.