Practical Legal Training – Western Australia

Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice

Perth Information Session

Do you want to see firsthand how our PLT course will provide you with the essential skills required for an entry-level lawyer? Come to our next information session and learn more about the Leo Cussen Centre for Law experience and how you will learn to practise law in a professional, yet friendly and engaging environment. Light refreshments are provided. Register now to attend:

Register for our next Info Session


Our next PLT course starting 11 February 2019, the 13 days of face-to-face training will
be delivered from Murdoch’s School of Law

Building 465
90 South Street
Perth, Western Australia, 6150

Real practical legal training

We believe that practical legal training should be just that – practical

Build your skills and confidence with a mentoring program you won’t find elsewhere

Small group training – to provide the finest practical training experience 

Here’s why you should take Practical Legal Training at Leo Cussen:

  • The best of both worlds – online blended learning with 13 dynamic days of intensive, personalised, face-to-face training in the Perth CBD
  • Personalised mentoring – comprehensive feedback and support, with one-on-one regular feedback on your work as you do it
  • Career support – dedicated Graduate Placement and Careers Advisor to help with job search and preparation
  • Small group training – we believe in offering the finest practical training experience, with plenty of personalised support
  • An outstanding reputation – Leo Cussen has offered practical legal training courses since 1974
  • Develop excellent advocacy skills – through compulsory civil and criminal file work
  • Gain strong legal business skills – run your own files, maintain client contact, meet deadlines and bill clients in practical settings
  • No exams – ‘learn by doing’, with continuous practical assessments
  • Develop strong networks – with peers and those in the legal industry
  • Our graduates – work in a wide range of legal and other professional environments in Australia and overseas
  • Satisfaction* – 95% of our graduates are highly satisfied with the course and state that it has given them the confidence to work in legal practice

* Graduate Survey Data 2014-2015


Especially for Western Australian lawyers

Practical Legal Training in Western Australia is a whole lot easier now that Leo Cussen Centre for Law provides customised online PLT training for WA graduates.

For more information on Leo Cussen’s PLT course, notwithstanding the uniqueness of delivery for Western Australia, go to About our Practical Legal Training.

 WA Testimonials


Enrolments are now closed for the Western Australia Practical Legal Training Course (Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice) 2018. Applications for the 2019 course now open.

For further info please contact the PLT office:, or phone 1300 039 031


Course Structure

You will be mentored by a highly experienced lawyer through a stimulating, interactive online course in which you run simulated client files, make court and tribunal appearances and attend signings and settlements.

Face-to-face intensive dates:

  • 1st Intensive – 11-16 February 2019
  • 2nd Intensive – 23-24 April and 26 April
  • 3rd Intensive – 25-28 June

Where to Go:

The Western Australian new venue to be announced soon.

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Overseas Students

If you are an overseas student with any questions about Leo Cussen PLT, have a look at our FAQS. You can also email our Overseas Student Coordinator, Fonda Gazis:

WA Graduate Testimonials

Nicole Farrar

Murdoch University

The Leo Cussen course provides one-on-one mentoring and I was given the best Mentor a student could ask for. I received personalised and constructive feedback from my Mentor for each piece of work I submitted for assessment. I could track how my skills were developing and improving and I felt my competence grow...

Jackson Thurtle

Edith Cowan University

What stood out for me is the excellent advocacy training. The guest instructors and assessors, who are all senior advocates, gave me personal feedback on my performances in a number of different scenarios - this was invaluable in assisting me to develop my practical advocacy skills...

Alex Mould

University of Western Australia

The practical hands-on aspect of the course, by running several different files, gave me an understanding of what it is like to be a lawyer. The day to day file work – from taking instructions, preparing a retainer and costs agreement, setting up trust and office ledgers, billing clients - was a really solid learning experience...

Ben Williams

Murdoch University

As a paralegal at a Perth CDB law firm, it was important for me to be able to find a PLT that would allow me to maintain my work performance whilst completing the PLT in the shortest possible time. I selected the WA Leo Cussen PLT 20 week course because it met those criteria and it did not disappoint. The PLT workload was a really good mix for me, it was manageable with my 4 days per week part-time workload...

Kerry Anne Eral

Murdoch University

The Leo team was very supportive, much more so than I expected. Whenever I had a question or needed feedback, my allocated mentor or the other pool of Leo mentors/staff supporting the WA PLT was always there to lend a hand. They were very friendly and knowledgeable, and importantly to me promptly responded with their support...