Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (GDLP)

- A partnership between the Law Society of South Australia and the University of Adelaide 

The Law Society together with The University of Adelaide jointly delivers the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (GDLP) for eligible law students. Completion of PLT is required for law graduates before they can be admitted to practice and our GDLP not only meets the PLT requirements but also provides some unique benefits.

Why study with us?

Students can commence their GDLP while their LLB studies are being completed (subject to conditions) and complete the course in as little as 6 months. 

Face to face networking opportunities
No other GDLP provider will provide access to the profession in the way that our course does. Our students are taught by professionals currently working in the profession and in touch with current practices. You will be building your network of contacts and learning to work collaboratively with your future colleagues from day 1.  Our GDLP students are invited to exclusive networking events with Law Society members, including those responsible for employment. Students will meet decision makers in the profession and receive advice on how to best place themselves for employment opportunities. 

Our GDLP is now more flexible than ever. You can claim up to 3 weeks in retrospective credit toward the 6 week requirement for work placement. We are the only GDLP provider that will organise work experience for you should you not be able to find your own placement. Many firms we deal with use our students exclusively. 

Our students have the unique opportunity to learn and practice their advocacy skills with current judicial officers, senior practitioners and barristers, in an actual court, not a cyber one! This part of the course has been a highlight for our graduates with many commenting that the experience gave them an unparalleled insight into court work and a real boost to their confidence.

Flexible delivery
We offer classes over weekdays, evenings and weekends. A typical full-time load will only involve 13 days face to face seminar time over 6 months.

Contact the GDLP Team

Desiree Holland
Programme Manager (GDLP)
(08) 8229 0267

Diane Van Bochove
Programme Officer (GDLP)
(08) 8229 0266

Ready to apply?
Apply NOW for the Adelaide GDLP program via SATAC (using code 3GD087).
For sample course plans and enrolment enquiries contact  or go to the University Website.

For details about the GDLP Indigenous Law Student Scholarship Program please click here.