Friday, 9 August 2019

ACT Law Society appalled by closure of GDLP program

The President of the ACT Law Society, Chris Donohue, said today that he was appalled by the decision of the Australian National University (ANU) to close down its Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GDLP).

For many decades, the ANU has provided high quality legal practice training through its GDLP program. The GDLP provides practical training for law school graduates and is a requirement for their entry into the legal profession.

It is astonishing that Australia’s most respected university would decide to stop providing the GDLP, a program which provides a natural progression from completing a law degree to gaining work as a lawyer.

The Law Society is most disappointed that the ANU did not consult with it or with the profession generally on this decision, which has the potential to impact so negatively on young lawyers seeking to enter the workforce.


For further information contact:
Mr Chris Donohue, President, ACT Law Society, M 0418 633 836, T 02 6274 0300

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