Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (GDLP)

The Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (GDLP) is a requirement for all those looking to practice law as a barrister and solicitor in Australia. 

Delivered in partnership with the Law Society of South Australia, the GDLP is designed and thought by South Australian judges, barristers and solicitors to ensure you have practical skills needed to practice Australian law.

Brittany Farinola

Brittany Farinola

“Many of the seminars are taught by current legal practitioners, it is an invaluable opportunity to network with them, and learn about the practical aspects of the profession. This also provides a chance to engage, ask questions, and seek help directly, which was something I was concerned about with many of the online GDLP providers. In addition to this, seminars are a great way to work collaboratively with other students, many of whom will soon become future colleagues.”

LLB, GDLP graduate

Program information

The Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice is comprised of:

  • 5 mandatory subjects and 2 electives
  • 6 weeks of legal practice (recent relevant work experience may be used to reduce your placement hours)
  • 5 continuing professional development (CPD) points

Download brochure   GDLP FAQ

Course details and contact hours

Lawyers Skills*

5 days

Civil Litigation and Practice*

2 days

Commercial and Corporate Law Practice*

2 days

Property Law Practice*

1 day

Professional Obligations*

2 days

Criminal Law Practice

1 day

Family Law Practice

1.5 days

Employment and Industrial Relations

1.5 days

Planning and Environmental Law Practice

1 day

Wills and Estates Practice

1 day

Administrative Law Practice


These courses are mandatory*



Mark Ferraretto

"I chose Adelaide because it was an on-site course and this suited my personal circumstances. As a mature-age student with a young family, taking time out to come on-site and study meant I was able to compartmentalise study time. An online course would have been more difficult. I also was challenged in getting enough work experience time. The lower amount of placement time required by this GDLP suited my part-time role. The quality of every single lecturer we had was outstanding. All were experts in their field and excellent teachers."

Graduate lawyer at Kain Lawyers