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Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (ONLINE)

Where will your degree take you?

The Graduate Diploma is an approved degree for the purposes of admission as a legal practitioner in Australia. 

As a graduate of Bond’s Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (GDLP), you will be ready for admission. The skills taught in the GDLP are practical and prepare you to be a legal professional. 

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).



Upon being admitted to the legal profession, you can work as a solicitor in a law firm, a government organisation or with a community legal centre. You can choose to specialise in a particular area of practice or be a generalist.


Upon being admitted to the legal profession and completing the bar practice course, you can work as a barrister. A barrister is an independent advocate and advisor and is often highly skilled in a particular area of law.

In-House Counsel

Upon being admitted to the legal profession, you can work as an in-house counsel, where you will use your legal expertise for the benefit of a particular organisation. You will often be involved in a range of areas of law particular to the needs of the organisation and therefore not specialise in one area of law.

Admission to legal practice

If you want to be admitted as a legal practitioner in Australia, you are required to complete a practical legal training program (such as the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (GDLP) or a traineeship) following the completion of your Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor degree. 

The accrediting body in Queensland is the Legal Practitioners’ Admissions Board (LPAB). Further information on becoming a legal practitioner in Queensland, including the LPAB’s English Language Proficiency Guidelines, is available from the Queensland Law Society here.

Program learning outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge, skills and abilities that will be achieved on completion of the program. These outcomes will help you determine whether this program aligns with your professional pathway, career and learning goals.

Further study options

Upon graduation, students can continue with postgraduate study, including: 

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