Practical legal training

Practical Legal Training is an essential step to being admitted by the Legal Practice Board of WA as a practising lawyer. Our partnerships with the Leo Cussen Centre for Law and The College of Law allow you to complete your PLT online or from our Perth campus.


Practical Legal Training (PLT) is designed to help you develop the practical, day-to-day skills you will need as a lawyer. Completion of a PLT program is the second essential step to being admitted by the Legal Practice Board of WA as a practising lawyer - the first being your law degree.

After completing your PLT, you will be awarded a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GDLP), allowing you to apply for admission as a legal practitioner in your state or territory.

Murdoch Law School has partnered with the Leo Cussen Centre for Law and The College of Law to allow you the convenience to complete your PLT online or from our Perth campus, with access to facilities and resources you are familiar with.

Leo Cussen Centre for Law

Practical Legal Training should be just that - practical! Build your skills and confidence with a mentoring program you won't find elsewhere. Since its establishment in 1972, Leo Cussen Centre for Law has been, and continues to be recognised, as a centre of excellence for PLT and continuing professional development for entry-level lawyers through to senior legal practitioners.

Five Reasons to take PLT at Leo Cussen Centre for Law:

  1. Stay on Campus
    Receive face-to-face training, with access to the state of the art Murdoch facilities you are familiar with.
  2. The Best of Both Worlds
    A blended learning program. Online course delivery combined with 13 dynamic days of intensive, personalised, face-to-face training split into 3 blocks at the beginning, middle and end of the course.
  3. Outstanding Mentoring
    Experienced lawyers provide frequent, comprehensive one-on-one feedback on your work as you do it, as well as personalised support.
  4. Short PLT Work Experience Placement
    Only 20 days (4 weeks). Plus, if you have completed Clinic with Murdoch in your Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree, the opportunity to be placed at SCALES.
  5. Small Group Training
    The finest practical training experience, with plenty of personalised support.

The College of Law

The largest range of flexible programs, all purpose-driven to ensure you have the best start to your career. Established in Western Australia in 2006, we have trained over 2,300 lawyers.

Why The College of Law

  1. Start anytime
    With more than 25 courses in 2020, you don’t have to wait to start your PLT!
  2. Study online or on campus
    Only 5 days face-to-face attendance (entirely online during COVID 19). Study on campus at Murdoch University or at our Perth CBD campus
  3. Flexible study options
    15 weeks full-time or 30 weeks part-time options
  4. Dedicated support for the entire course
    As a student, you’ll receive a dedicated mentor for the entire course duration. Your mentor will be a local legal practitioner based in Western Australia. You can also meet 1:1 with an experienced Career Coach, available to answer your career questions.
  5. Learn by doing:
    Work through files that simulate what it's like to practise as a lawyer.