Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice Mid-Year Entry

Degree Type Graduate Diploma
Duration 1 year full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 3GD087
CRICOS 077967G

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The Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (GDLP) is a compulsory requirement to be admitted as a barrister and solicitor in South Australia. It provides practical legal training for law graduates.

To apply, you must have successfully completed a Bachelor of Laws (LLB), or met the criteria specified by admitting authorities in your state or territory. If you studied your LLB overseas you’ll need to have your qualifications accredited by the South Australian Board of Examiners before you can commence the GDLP. You can contact the Law Society of South Australia to discuss these requirements.

What will you do?

The GDLP program is designed to be flexible around other requirements. You’ll choose between weekday, after-hours and weekend classes. There is also an accelerated pathway, which can be completed in 20 weeks. You will:

  • complete five core courses
  • select two electives aligned to your interests and career goals
  • undertake five hours minimum of continuing professional development
  • build real-world skills through 30 days (225 hours) of legal practice placement.

After gaining admission, you can apply for a Practising Certificate in other Australian states and territories via mutual recognition.

  • Entry Requirements

    For those who are based in Adelaide, we will be offering a blended delivery mode that combines face-to-face with remote learning in as many courses as possible, taking into consideration social distancing and hygiene. All lectures will continue to be delivered online for the remainder of the year, with some exceptions.

    For our students who are studying offshore for the remainder of the 2021 Academic Year, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

    Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
    I am a:

    Domestic applicants

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    SATAC Code 3GD087
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake Throughout the academic year.
    Enquiries Future Students team

    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry

    Higher Education Study A completed Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or equivalent program from within Australia. Applicants in their final semester of a Bachelor of Laws will be considered. In order to be permitted to commence the GDLP, applicants must have completed all Priestley 11 subjects required for admission. Applicants with overseas qualifications will be considered on a case by case basis.
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3GD087

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    CRICOS 077967G
    Intake February, April, July and October
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 7 Reading 6.5 Listening 6.5 Speaking 7 Writing 7
    TOEFL Overall 94 Reading 20 Listening 20 Speaking 23 Writing 27
    Pearson Overall 65 Reading 58 Listening 58 Speaking 65 Writing 65
    C1 Advanced Overall 185 Reading 176 Listening 176 Speaking 185 Writing 185
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    More Information
    Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor of Laws or equivalent
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

    Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
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    Domestic applicants

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    Indicative annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $9,920

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units) International student place: $17,000


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Graduates will be fully qualified to practise law in Australia, and pursue rewarding careers as a barrister, solicitor or lawyer.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Industry Placement

    Most students complete their placement in a legal office, for example in private practice or a government legal services department.

    Although most students source their own placements, the Law Society of South Australia members of the GDLP staff can assist. Placements are allocated on a priority basis and whilst we endeavour to place students in their first choice practice area, this cannot be guaranteed.

    GDLP students complete a placement handbook to ensure that they complete real legal tasks and "hit the ground running" on day one of practice as an admitted lawyer.

    More information relating to placements can be found at

    Professional Accreditation

    GDLP graduates can apply for direct admission to practise as a barrister and solicitor in South Australia. Once admitted in South Australia, they can also apply for mutual recognition from the admitting authorities of any other Australian state or territory they wish to practise in.

    Potential careers

    Barrister, Solicitor, Jury Consultant, Lawyer / Solicitor / Barrister

  • Degree Structure

    Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GDLP) students are required to complete the following:

    • Five core courses
    • Two elective courses
    • Five hours minimum of continuing professional development
    • 30 days (225 hours) of legal practice placement.

    The program is a 24 unit program. Traditionally the GDLP has been designed to be undertaken over a 6-12 month period. There is also an option for students to undertake the GDLP (unit delivery only) in 20 weeks via fast-tracking.

    Note: International students must complete the program full-time and on-campus ('face to face').

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    You can find the academic program rules for this degree under the Faculty of the Professions rules.

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative Study Plan
    Core courses
    • LAW 6501: Lawyer's Skills (6 units)
    • LAW 6502: Civil Litigation Practice (3 units)
    • LAW 6503: Commercial and Corporate Practice (3 units)
    • LAW 6504: Property Law Practice (3 units)
    • LAW 6505: Professional Obligations (3 units)
    Elective courses

    Courses to the value of six units from the following:

    • LAW 6506: Criminal Law Practice (3 units)
    • LAW 6507: Family Law Practice (3 units)
    • LAW 6508: Employment and Industrial Relations Practice (3 units)
    • LAW 6509: Planning and Environmental Law Practice (3 units)
    • LAW 6510: Wills and Estates Practice (3 units)
    • LAW 6511: Administrative Law Practice - Online (3 units)
    • LAW 6512: Banking and Finance - Online (3 units)
    • LAW 6514: Consumer Law Practice - Online (3 units)

    Candidates must also complete work placements to the value of six weeks (225 hours) as approved by the Law Society of South Australia and complete five Continuing Professional Development hours.


    A variety of assessment tasks will be required, varying slightly from course to course but including a combination of the following: multiple choice questions, practical legal research assessment, demonstration of advocacy skills, online quizzes, practical interviewing and advising tasks, participation in discussion boards, drafting letters of advice, drafting, completion of relevant forms.

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Last updated: Monday, 1 Mar 2021