What is practical legal training?

9 November 2020

Practical Legal Training — What is it and why is it important?

Wondering how you can stand out in your legal career and figure out where you belong in the legal world?

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Practical legal training, or PLT, could be for you!

PLT programs, like the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (GDLP) at Bond University Law School, prepare students to have the skills they need to start practicing as soon as they graduate. These special programs are taught by professionals in small classes and provide a personalized experience with flexible delivery online or in-person.

The GDPL begins with a compulsory 5-day intensive learning session for all trainees, which is held online for the coming semester, featuring a variety of guest speakers and professional workshops.

Coursework comprises innovative and interactive learning modules taught by experienced legal professionals. The Career Development Centre provides personalized support to students in securing their placement.

Additional benefits of the program include ongoing mentoring by legal professionals throughout the completion of both their coursework and their placement and access to Bond’s world-class law library and expansive online resources.

Often considered “a pathway to legal admission,” Bond’s GDLP will not replace the credentials provided by a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or Juris Doctor (JD) degree, but it can help to bolster your legal knowledge and it can help students find gainful employment in the legal field once they graduate. As such, students may choose to take the GDLP after completing their LLB or JD.

Bond University Juris Doctor (JD) program

Bond University’s Juris Doctor is a graduate-level, extensive skills program with small class sizes. The Bond JD will prepare you for a career as a legal professional, both within Australia and overseas.

Students benefit from excellent teaching, small classes, and extensive legal skills program.

The Bond Faculty of Law presently offers four Canadian law subjects:

  • Foundations of Canadian Law
  • Canadian Criminal Law
  • Canadian Constitutional Law
  • Canadian Administrative Law

In addition, students can undertake a complimentary online course offered each semester on Canadian Professional Responsibility taught by a Canadian law academic which aims to assist Canadian students with their preparation for the NCA exams.

Bond University Bachelor of Law (LLB) program

The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) prepares students for a career as a legal professional. Students gain a thorough grounding in essential areas of substantive law and access to a wide choice of law elective subjects, including the option of completing a specialization.

You will also gain experience in the Bond Law Clinics, which work with the profession and community on a pro-bono basis or to compete internationally or domestically in one of Bond’s many pre-eminent moot teams.

You may choose to complete an optional law specialization in one of the following areas:

  • Canadian Law and Practice
  • Contemporary Legal Issues
  • Corporate and Commercial Law
  • International and Comparative Law
  • Legal Practice
  • Legal Innovation and Technology

Apply now to Bond law school!


Would you like to learn more about becoming a Bond Law student? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions officer at law@oztrekk.com for more info!