Practical Legal Training (PLT)

Course Overview

In our PLT course you be applying the theory you learned in law school the way you will in the practice of law, such as through analysing a client’s problem, providing written or oral advice, drafting legal documents, and negotiating with other parties.

PLT is all about preparing you for your future as a practising lawyer, giving you the skills to operate on a day-to-day basis, as well as network with other lawyers and make you employable for law firms.

icCourse Length

Full-Time – 21 weeks, 25hrs/week

Part-Time – 42 weeks, 15 hrs/week

icCost

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icLocation

Campuses in Melbourne & Perth Our online course is available to anyone, anywhere

Flexible, Online, and On-site Learning Options

PLT at Leo Cussen can be done online or in-person, part-time or full-time. We are flexible in adapting to your needs and supporting you in your extracurriculars and growing career.

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Flexible Learning

3 days online, 2 days online Full-time options

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Online Learning

5 days online, Full-time & part-time options available

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On-site Learning

5 days online, Full-time options available

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Starting Dates

  • 6 July - 11 Dec
    Full-Time PLT On-Site

    Structured and scheduled learning availably fully online

  • 6 July - 11 Dec
    Full-Time PLT On-Site

    Structured and scheduled learning availably fully online

  • 6 July - 11 Dec
    Full-Time PLT On-Site

    Structured and scheduled learning availably fully online

Learn by Doing

All PLT trainees complete the following 13 topic items in addition to professional placement. For further development (or to replace the Professional Placement), students can also complete a Virtual Internship.

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Coursework

All PLT Trainees will complete 13 topic items from ‘Skills’, ‘Core Practice Areas’, ‘Values’, Choice Areas’

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Professional Placement

All PLT trainees must complete 3 weeks in legal practice.

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Virtual Internship

All PLT trainees are able to complete a Virtual Internship

Coursework

Topic Topic comprises instruction in: How topic is practised and assessed
Trust and Office Accounting Accounts, Costing Mentor examination of accounts
Advocacy Advocacy 1 & 2 (Intro to Advocacy, Criminal & Civil Advocacy) Hearing component of Client Files: Interlocutory, Family (Parenting & Property Orders), or Administrative, Crime (Onsite only)
Lawyer’s Skills Intro to Lawyer’s Skills
Interviewing & Drafting
Dispute Resolution
Client Lawyer Interviewing Program (1,2), Skills applied in Client File Program
Work Management & Business Skills Intro to Work Management & Business Skills, Intro to Legal Practice, Legal Practice Review Setting up Practice File, Skills applied in Client File Program and Professional Placement & additional competency-based assessment for Risk Management
Legal Analysis Problem Analysis, Practical Legal Research, Statutory Interpretation Practical Legal Research File/ Competency-Based Assessments
Skills applied in Client File Program
Topic Topic comprises instruction in: How topic is practised and assessed
Litigation Practice Civil Litigation (1, 2 Enforcement, 3 Federal Court Practice) Magistrates’ Court File, Interlocutory File
Commercial & Corporate Practice Commercial & Corporate (1 Commercial including Trusts, 2 Company) Commercial File & additional competency-based assessment
Property Practice Property Property transaction file & additional competency-based assessment
Criminal Law Practice Criminal Law Practice Crime File
Taxation Revenue Law (1 Duties & 2 Taxation) Knowledge applied in Client File Program (Commercial Client File & Property Client File) and Client Lawyer Interview Program
Topic Topic comprises instruction in: How topic is practised and assessed
Ethics Ethics Values applied in Client File Program & additional competency-based assessment
Topic Topic comprises instruction in: How topic is practised and assessed
Administrative Law Practice Administrative Law Administrative Law File (FOI)
Family Law Practice Family Law Parenting and Property Orders File
Consumer Law Practice Consumer Law Consumer File
Employment & Industrial Relations Practice Employment & Industrial Relations Practice Employment File
Planning and Environmental Law Practice Planning and Environmental Law Planning and Environment File
Wills and Estates Practice Wills & Deceased Estates 1 and 2 Wills File, Deceased Estates File
Banking & Finance Banking & Finance Banking File

Fees & Payment Options

A part tuition fee of $500.00 (or a completed Request for FEE-HELP Assistance form) is required to confirm your enrolment. The balance of the full tuition fee for non-FEE-HELP applicants is payable in full no later than two weeks before the commencement of the relevant course (the enrolment date).

Domestic Students

  • Onsite Full-time $11,125.00
  • Onsite Full-time $10,455.00
  • Online Part-time $10,810.00

International Students

  • Onsite Full-time $15,945.00
  • Onsite Full-time $15,500.00
  • Online Part-time $15,955.00

FEE-HELP

FEE-HELP is available for PLT applicants. However, please note that FEE-HELP is available only if you are an Australian citizen or a student on a permanent humanitarian visa. If you are an overseas practitioner on a permanent visa for the purposes of bridging study, then you are NOT eligible for FEE-HELP for PLT.

For eligible students, the tuition fee can be fully or partially covered by FEE-HELP. If you are not an Australian citizen or do not have a permanent humanitarian visa, then you will be required to pay the tuition fee upfront. All applicants wishing to access FEE-HELP loans must return a Request for FEE-HELP Assistance Form with their acceptance of offer (electronic versions of this form are acceptable). FEE-HELP forms will be emailed to applicants with the Offer Letter. Hard copies can also be posted by request to pltadmin@leocussen.edu.au.

After you apply for FEE-HELP, if you disagree with a decision about re-crediting or remitting then please read the Centre’s FEE-HELP Review Procedures below.

Overseas Students: Please note that overseas students may pay the course fee of $15,555 by instalments. However, an application for permission to pay the fee by instalments must be made in writing to the Director PLT no later than two weeks before the commencement of the course (the enrolment date). Payments may be made by direct deposit, bank cheque/money order or credit card.

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