For the legislative provisions relating to PLT please refer to section 21 of the Legal Profession Act 2008 and the Legal Profession (Admission) Rules 2009.

Except unusual circumstances, you cannot commence practical legal training ( PLT ) in Western Australia until you have completed the Academic Requirements for Admission.

Refer to the guidelines outlining the circumstances under which early commencement of PLT will be approved and detailing the manner in which an application for approval may be made.

Approved practical legal training in Western Australia is completion of:


The WA College of Law PLT Course




The Leo Cussen Centre for Law WA PLT Course 



3 The Piddington Society Inc. PLT Course


12 months articles of clerkship 

“There is currently no approved practical legal training program for articled clerks – refer rule 7(2)(a) and rule (20) of the Legal Profession (Admission Rules) 2009. Queries about articles of clerkship should be directed to for the attention of the Admissions and Registrations Coordinator.”

A law graduate completing a PLT course may not use the title “articled clerk”. You may only use the title of “articled clerk” if you are formally registered with the Board as an articled clerk.

On completion of one of the above PLT courses you will be eligible for admission. You must apply for admission at least 2 months prior to the anticipated ceremony date. Refer to information on the formal process of applying for admission.

A person who has completed a PLT course in another Australian jurisdiction may apply for admission in Western Australia. The PLT course will be accepted as “corresponding practical legal training” if it meets admission requirements in the Australian state or territory in which it was completed. 

Overseas qualified or admitted applicants should refer to their assessment statement for information about their PLT requirements.

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