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About the program

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). Show more

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). Show less

ModeOnline
Duration2 semesters (8 months)
Starting semesters
  • September 2017
  • January 2018
  • May 2018
  • September 2018
Program typePostgraduate Diploma
Study areaLaw
Program codeLA-43042
CRICOS codeNA
Credit for prior studyFor more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]

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. 

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.

The total program fees for the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (ONLINE) are:

  • $8,998
  • $9,313

When considering the fees associated with your studies, keep in mind that Bond’s accelerated schedule means you can finish your degree sooner and be out in the workforce up to a year earlier than if you went to another university.

This time saving also represents a substantial reduction in accommodation and living costs, plus a full year of extra earnings.

Find out your financing options and other costs to consider.

Academic entry requirements

Completion of a Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor program (or equivalent) at an approved Australian institution.

Please contact the Office of Future Students for further information.

Concurrent enrolment

Students will only be considered for concurrent enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (online) with a maximum of two (2) subjects remaining in their Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or Juris Doctor (JD) Program.

  • From 152 (May 2015) Semester onwards: At the discretion of the Director, PLT, students will only be approved with General or Law Electives remaining in their LLB or JD. Priestly Eleven Compulsory Law Subjects will NOT be approved.
  • From 162 (May 2016) Semester onwards: At the discretion of the Director, PLT, students will only be approved with General or Law Electives remaining in their LLB or JD. Priestly Eleven Compulsory Law Subjects will NOT be approved. Students will also need to attach to their application the original letter of approval for concurrent enrolment from the Legal Practitioners Admission Board (LPAB), or its equivalent, in the State/Territory in which they intend to be admitted. 

How to apply

Students must submit a Concurrent Enrolment Application Form for consideration at least three (3) weeks prior to the Program commencement.  

Please note that in addition, students must also submit an official application for the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice via the Bond website.

Please contact [email protected] or +61 7 5595 2284 to obtain a copy of the Application Form or for any concurrent enrolment enquiries.  

Please note that the rules and conditions of concurrent enrolment are subject to change. Concurrent enrolment is not a ground for special consideration for students in relation to absence from class, extensions, assignments, assessments, exams, appeals, late withdrawals, etc. for their Law subjects or PLT. Students are required to attend all PLT compulsory sessions. 

Students are reminded that admission to legal practice is your responsibility. If you have any concerns about how your concurrent enrolment may affect your eligibility to apply for admission to legal practice, you should contact the LPAB or its equivalent in the State/Territory in which you intend to be admitted.

English language proficiency requirements

As tuition is delivered in English, all students will be required to provide documented evidence of the required level of proficiency in the English language. Read more detailed information on English Language Proficiency Requirements for university study.

Credit for prior study

Subject credits may be awarded for previous studies. To apply for credits, you will need to submit academic transcripts including detailed subject outlines/course descriptions for each relevant subject and/or certified copies of testamurs to the Office of Future Students. Please refer to how to apply for credit for more information

Key dates

Bond University calendar

How to apply

In order to apply for study at Bond University, you will need to complete the Online Application Form. To find out more about the application process please refer to How to Apply.