Your pathway to a stand out legal career
The Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Online) is an approved professional legal training (PLT) program required for Bachelor of Laws and Juris Doctor graduates who wish to qualify for admission as practising lawyers.
The PLT program is based on the Australian Professional Legal Education Council (APLEC) Competency Standards for serving as a practising lawyer.
The PLT program includes compulsory coursework subjects, your choice of electives, and legal placement.
All students are required to attend a compulsory five-day Learning Intensive at the start of the program which includes a series of guest presentations and workshops covering essential skills such as client interviews, settlement negotiations and work management.
The Learning Intensive component also serves to establish a close-knit, collegiate cohort working under the mentorship of practising legal professions in a dynamic, interactive learning environment.
Campus and Bond University Experience
Bond University has been ranked #1 in Australia for Student Experience by the Good Universities Guide for well over a decade.
The GDLP experience is highlighted by the extremely practical elements of the program taught by professional instructors who have industry experience. Students will gain confidence in advocacy, client interviews and negotiations while being guided and mentored by legal practitioners.
Students will also have access to one-on-one-career guidance and introductions through the University's Career Development Centre (CDC) where the team is dedicated to supporting all students throughout their career journey by assisting them to source law placements.
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- Enjoy the flexibility of fully online study
- Experience a premium quality and a personalised learning experience
- Gain practical experience and industry introductions through legal work placements
- Be guided and mentored by experienced legal practitioners
- Be supported in securing legal placements
- Learn via an innovative, interactive learning platform
- Gain immediate access to state-of-the-art resources including world-class law library
- Qualify for admission as a practising lawyer
About the program
The Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (ONLINE) (GDLP) is a postgraduate program offered by the Faculty of Law, and is the link between a student’s law degree and becoming a practising lawyer. The GDLP provides students with a structured coursework learning environment as well as supervised legal training. Show more
The Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (ONLINE) (GDLP) is a postgraduate program offered by the Faculty of Law, and is the link between a student’s law degree and becoming a practising lawyer. The GDLP provides students with a structured coursework learning environment as well as supervised legal training. The program is based on the competency standards for entry level lawyers developed by the admitting authorities and the Australian Professional Legal Education Council (APLEC).
Successful completion of the program will enable students to apply for admission to legal practice in Australia and in some overseas jurisdictions. Students should contact the relevant admitting authority to ascertain the requirements for admission in specific States or Territories. Show less
|Duration||2 semesters (8 months)|
|Program type||Postgraduate Diploma|
|CRICOS code||This program is not available to international students who intend to apply for a student visa.|
|Credit for prior study||For more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]|
The Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice is offered online. Trainees must complete a compulsory five (5) day Learning Intensive at the start of the program which is currently online.
The GDLP has two components, that students will need to complete; the Compulsory Component and the Elective Component. View a sample study plan.
1. Compulsory Component
As part of the Compulsory Component, you will need to complete:
The compulsory subjects will include:
- Civil Litigation Practice
- Commercial and Corporate Law Practice
- Financial and Ethical Responsibilities
- Property Law Practice
2. Elective Component
In the Elective Component, you can choose to complete EITHER:
- Two (2) electives coursework subjects + an Elective Law Placement; or
- Four (4) elective coursework subjects;
Students can select from the following Electives:
All elective coursework subjects are delivered online.
Program dates for 2022
|Semester||Intensive/Start of Program|
|May 2022||16 May 2022|
|September 2022||12 September 2022|
Please note that the Learning Intensive will be currently fully online.
The below fees are based on the total estimated program fee. Fees each semester may vary based on which subjects are selected and the number of subjects enrolled in for each semester.
Total program fee:
- Students commencing study in 2023: $10,720
Tuition fees are subject to change on an annual basis and will be charged at the appropriate fee for the year of enrolment.
Academic entry requirements
The Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice is offered to students who have completed a Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor program at an approved Australian institution (or equivalent).
Please contact the Office of Future Students for further information.
Students will be considered for concurrent enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice:
- at the discretion of the GDLP Director;
- with a maximum of two (2) electives remaining in their Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or Juris Doctor (JD) program; and
- with written approval from the Legal Practitioners Admission Board (LPAB) or its equivalent in the State/Territory in which the student intends to be admitted.
Please note: Students with Priestly Eleven compulsory subjects to complete cannot be approved for concurrent enrolment.
English language proficiency requirements
As tuition is delivered in English, all international 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.
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 the Office of Future Students for any enrolment enquiries on 1800-074-074 or email [email protected].
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 GDLP. Students are required to attend all GDLP 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.
Legal qualifications are an excellent foundation for high-level careers in a wide range of related fields. By completing the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice you can work as a legal professional.
Successful completion of the Bond GDLP will enable you to apply for admission to legal practice in Australia. The Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice meets the competency standards to prepare law graduates for admission to practice as a solicitor.
Students should contact the relevant admitting authority to ascertain the requirements for admission in specific States or Territories. The accrediting body in Queensland is the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board (LPAB). Further information on becoming a legal practitioner in Queensland is available from the Queensland Law Society.
International students who have completed an Australian law degree are eligible to enrol in the GDLP. However, those wishing to practise law overseas should check the qualification and admission requirements for the particular jurisdiction in which they intend to practise.
Postgraduate study options in law include:
- Master of Laws
- Master of Laws in Commercial Law
- Master of Laws in Enterprise Governance
- Master of Laws in International Commercial Law (Online)
- Master of Laws (by Research)
- Doctor of Legal Science
- Doctor of Philosophy (Law)
GDLP graduates will receive credit for two of the eight subjects in the Bond Master of Laws program.
As a graduate of Bond’s GDLP (Online), you will have a competitive edge in your career. Employer satisfaction with graduates from Bond University has been rated highest in Australia for two years in a row, according to the 2019 Employer Satisfaction Survey published by the Department of Education and Training.
Are you interested in further postgraduate study? In addition to applying for admission, upon completion of the GDLP program, students have the option of continuing their studies to obtain a Master of Laws or a Master of Laws in Enterprise Governance. The LLM is a postgraduate law qualification that provides flexibility and choice with a wide range of specialist areas, which means you can design your Master's degree to suit your area of interest and needs.
The Master of Laws in Enterprise Governance is designed for those who aspire to board governance. Each subject is delivered online with a two-day learning intensive.
Upon successful completion of the GDLP program, students will receive credit for two of the eight subjects in the LLM program.