Public Interest Law Careers Guide - The College of Law

Stage of Career


Contact details

Melbourne address: Level 6, 459 Little Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Head office address: 2 Chandos Street, St Leonards NSW 2065
DX 3316 St Leonards NSW
Mail address: PO Box 2, St Leonards, NSW 1590 Australia
Phone: 03 8689 8600 (Melbourne campus)
02 9965 7000 (St Leonards campus)
Visit the College of Law website
Contact person: Student Services Team


The College of Law is the school of professional practice for lawyers in Australia and New Zealand. It is the largest provider of Practical Legal Training in Australasia.

The College of Law's mission is to prepare law graduates for admission to practice and to assist legal practitioners achieve their career goals through postgraduate specialised degree programs and continuing professional development seminars and workshops.

Types of course available

Practical Legal Training

  • Full-time online
  • Part-time online
  • Part-time online evening course

The College has no caps on places in its PLT courses.

How to apply

Applications can be made by completing the application form and returning via mail or completing online.

Application Form

To request an application form please call 1300 856 111 or email . An enrolment pack will then be mailed to you. Please then complete the Application for Enrolment Form and send with any required documentation.

Online Application

You may complete your Application for Enrolment online at or by using a paper form. If you apply online, we will send you an enrolment pack which includes a FEE-HELP form if applicable. You will need to complete all relevant forms in the enrolment pack to finalise your enrolment.

Dates for application

All course dates are available at the Course dates page on the College of Law website

Enrolments for each course close two weeks prior to the start of the course. Late applications are accepted.

Enrolment process

  1. Choose the state where you will study
  2. Choose full-time or part-time study
  3. Decide when you want to start - Please check the website at the Course dates page on the College of Law website for the most up-to-date information.
  4. Choose your electives
  5. Decide how you want to pay
  6. Complete the Application for Enrolment Form and send with any required documentation

There are no caps on the number of students accepted into the Practical Legal Training courses.

Qualifications/skills required

To enrol in the Practical Legal Training Program with The College of Law you must: 

  • Be a graduate in law, or
  • Have qualified to graduate in law, or
  • Have undertaken all requirements (other than practical training) prescribed for admission as a lawyer.

If you are a graduate in law from a non-Australian law school, or a legal practitioner admitted in a foreign jurisdiction you may apply to enrol in the College's PLT Program subject to the approval of the relevant admitting authority.

Payment options


The College's Practical Legal Training Program has academic status as a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice and is eligible for FEE-HELP loans. You are able to apply for Commonwealth assistance through the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP). 

Upfront payment

If you are not utilising a FEE-HELP loan, the full program fee is payable upon  application to enrol in the Coursework Component. 

Bursary scheme -waiver of part or full fees

A limited number of subsidised positions will be available to Australian citizens. 

The criteria for eligibility is financial hardship which would preclude you from paying for the Program. If you are eligible for FEE-HELP it will be difficult to satisfy this criteria. The scheme consists of a waiver of fees and does not consist of a payment of living expenses. Indigenous/Torres Strait Islander students are encouraged to apply if requiring this assistance.


For Austudy/Abstudy assistance, the Coursework Component has Commonwealth Government approval.

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