Tasmanian Legal Practice Course
The Tasmanian Legal Practice Course (TLPC) is a post graduate professional legal training program whose graduates are eligible to apply for admission as legal practitioners. Once admitted, you are eligible to apply for admission in other states or territories, either directly or to appear under the Mutual Recognition Scheme.
In addition, graduates are awarded a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the University of Tasmania. The Course is conducted by the Centre for Legal Studies at the University's Hunter Street campus.
Why complete the Tasmanian Legal Practice Course
The TLPC is a practical and challenging course that provides you with an invaluable skill set whether or not you intend to practice law. In each year trainees attend the TLPC for different reasons: some because they intend to practice law; some to help them decide if they want to practice law; some to keep their career options open should they choose to practice law in the future; some to expand their qualifications and opportunities in the job market; and others are keen to gain skills, such as advocacy and letter writing to use in other professional roles.
The Course is recognised nationally as providing excellent quality training. It offers a unique and intense practical experience unlike any other professional legal training program and will be different to any other course that you will have studied at University.
a strong advocacy component with trainees appearing in the Supreme Court or Magistrates'
Court before Judges and Magistrates on a weekly basis;
a client interviewing program partnered with the Hobart Community Legal Service and
conducted with real clients;
- workshop style teaching with an emphasis on learning through simulated transactional files;
- direct instruction and support from Tasmania's Judges, Magistrates and legal practitioners;
- emphasis and teaching of practical drafting and letter writing skills;
- Three weeks work experience in a firm or government agency (arranged for you);
- face-to-face teaching and mentoring with minimum online learning;
- a networking program partnered with Hobart’s Young Lawyers;
- a social and collegial environment; and
historically several employers seeking a graduate legal practitioner advertise their positions
directly to trainees attending the TLPC.
The closing date for applications for the following year's intake is 5.00pm on the last Friday of October.
- Applicants are given preference if they apply by 31 October, however it is still possible to apply after that date if the Course is not oversubscribed, although this course is quota restricted.
- Successful applicants should accept their offers promptly by the deadline set out in their offer letter. If an offer is not accepted by the deadline, it will lapse and the place will be offered to another applicant. Applicants who miss out on an offer in the initial offer round may still receive an offer if late places become available.
- Deferral is not offered for this course due to restrictions on the number of places available.
Key application information:
- The TLPC runs from February to July each year.
- The workload is full-time, with core training on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to allow trainees flexibility to study around family and work commitments.
- Successful graduates can expect to be admitted as a legal practitioner on Friday 23 August at a ceremonial admission sitting in the Supreme Court of Tasmania in Hobart.