Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (GDLP)

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

View the GDLP Program Brochure

Click here to see how you can complete your GDLP in less than 20 weeks

Please contact the Law Society if you would like a personalised timetable.

The Law Society together with The University of Adelaide jointly delivers the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (GDLP) for eligible law students. Completion of the GDLP is required for law graduates before they can be admitted to practice, and our GDLP also provides some unique benefits.

Enrol in the GDLP at any time!

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 20 weeks. 

Continuous enrolment

Every month of the academic year students may enrol, and you can commence with an elective or a core subject it is your decision!

Online elective courses

We now offer Administrative Law Practice online as an elective option and hope to also offer Banking and Finance and Consumer Law online in 2019.

Face to face networking opportunities
Our GDLP program is unique as it will provide you with direct access to the profession. Our students are taught by legal professionals 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. 

We are the only GDLP provider that will assist you to find a work experience placement. Many firms we deal with use our students exclusively. Plus, you can claim up to 3 weeks in retrospective credit towards the 6- week requirement for work placement.

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! 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 17.5 days face to face seminar time over 20 weeks.

Free CPD points

In 2019 we are offering our students the opportunity to have access to additional learning opportunities. We will be providing a free 3 -hour CPD on ‘Developing your Advocacy Skills.’

Contact the GDLP Team

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

Diane Van Bochove
Program 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.