Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice

University of Adelaide, The

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00123M

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.

Designed for

Students who have completed or have almost completed the Bachelor of Laws and wish to practice law


  • The GDLP program is designed to be flexible around other requirements. You will 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.


  • Law
  • Legal practice training

Standard entry requirements

  • Domestic students - 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
  • International students - Bachelor of Laws or equivalent


When you have successfully passed the GDLP, you can apply for direct admission to practise as a barrister and solicitor in South Australia. Once admitted in South Australia you can apply for mutual recognition from the admitting authority of the Australian state or territory that you wish to practise in.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
North Terrace International: $17,000 Yes
  • Full-time : 1 year

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