The University of Adelaide has signed a formal partnership with the Law Society of South Australia to jointly deliver the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (GDLP) for any eligible law students from 2013. Completion of this practical legal training course is required for law graduates before they can be admitted to practise law in South Australia. The agreement will effectively transfer the existing program for the training of legal graduates from the Law Society of South Australia into a joint program with the University of Adelaide. Under the new arrangement, eligible law students or graduates will now be able to undertake the joint GDLP program drawing on Adelaide Law School’s teaching and learning excellence and resources with classes delivered in the Law School premises.
Adelaide Law School Dean Professor John Williams said this exciting development would enable University of Adelaide law students to seamlessly continue their law studies and graduate studies under the new arrangement. The course would also be open to other law graduates, both interstate and international, who wish to train for the legal profession.
“Elements of the GDLP will be delivered outside of normal teaching hours and can be completed in accelerated mode, matching the life, study and work balance needs of students. This partnership with the Law Society will also offer students additional opportunities to develop professional connections,” Professor Williams said.
“University of Adelaide legal staff will work with the Law Society to further enhance the existing GDLP curriculum and learning experience to fit with the expectations of students today and the training requirements for a modern legal profession in South Australia.”
More information about the GDLP offered by Adelaide Law school can be found here.