Practitioner Profile: Tiago Silva, the College of Law’s Best Graduating Student (Commercial Litigation)

June 21st, 2016 by
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Insights recently spoke with Tiago Silva, a Senior Associate at KWS Legal. Silva was the Best Graduating Student in the College of Law’s Commercial Litigation program in the LLM (Applied Law), sponsored by SRM Lawyers. Silva shared with Insights what motivated him to study law and to specialise in commercial litigation. He also spoke of his future plans and gave some advice for new lawyers looking to excel in their legal careers.


The Greatest Test of Civilisation: Q&A with COLAA Essay Prize Winner Naomi McClellan

June 14th, 2016 by
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At the Autumn 2016 Academic Awards Ceremony, the 2015 COLAA Student Essay Prize was awarded to Naomi McClellan for her essay, “The Greatest Test of Civilisation.” The essay identified certain areas in which the Australian government, arguably, was acting in a way to deny justice to certain groups and that lawyers had a duty to resist the creation of bad laws. The essay can be read in full here. Naomi sat down with the College of Law Alumni Association Executive Committee on 23 May 2016 to discuss her legal journey and what inspired her powerful essay.


College of Law Honorary Fellow, Peter I. Rose AM QC on future directions in Family Law

June 7th, 2016 by
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Peter I. Rose AM QC has recently been announced as one of the College of Law’s latest Honorary Fellows. As part of the College’s fellowship program, an honorary masters degree is awarded in recognition of outstanding contribution to legal practice and/or the work of the College. Neville Carter, CEO and Principal of the College, said the fellowships mark “a coming of age for the College”, and recognise “the role the College now plays in the education and training of the legal profession, not just pre-admission but through to specialisation and beyond.” Prior to the Honorary Fellowship, Peter I. Rose AM QC was awarded the Order of Australia (2014) “for significant service to the legal profession, particularly in the field of family law.” He served as a Judge of the Family Court of Australia for almost 13 years, having been a Queen’s Counsel since 1988.


The College of Law recognises graduates, Fellows and prize winners at Autumn 2016 Academic Awards Ceremony

May 31st, 2016 by
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The College of Law was proud to formally recognise graduates of its Applied Law Programs at the Autumn 2016 Academic Awards Ceremony on 23 May 2016. For the first time the ceremony was held at the Strangers Dining Room in Parliament House, Sydney.

At the ceremony, over 70 graduates of the Applied Law Programs were conferred their degrees and diplomas, most of whom received the LLM (Applied Law).


The College awarded Self Accrediting Authority by TEQSA

January 28th, 2016 by
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From its origins as an arm of the NSW Law Society in 1974, the College of Law has since seen over 60,000 graduates complete its Practical Legal Training (PLT) Course and postgraduate masters programs. The College has also established itself as a market leader in PLT across Australia and New Zealand, while its vocationally-driven LLM programs have proven so popular the College has become Australia’s 5th biggest provider.


“What is the Greatest Current Challenge to the Practice of Law?”

November 23rd, 2015 by
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Last month, the College of Law Alumni Association announced the winner its 2015 Student Essay Competition. The contest, which involved a $3000 cash prize for the winner, asked College students to answer the question: “What is the greatest current challenge concerning the practice of law in Australia or New Zealand?” While the competition attracted an array of impressive responses, it was Melbourne-based Naomi McClellan’s polemic that won the day. In her response, McClellan passionately and cohesively argued that the State (the Australian Federal Government) “militates against the practice of law in Australia”. Regardless of one’s views on the thesis, it is impossible to deny the pertinence of its themes in Australia’s current political climate.


Jane Needham SC reflects on life at the bar at Academic Awards Ceremony

October 27th, 2015 by
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The College of Law was proud to recognise over 80 graduates of the Applied Law Programs at its Spring 2015 Academic Awards Ceremony on 26 October 2015. The graduates were from the LLM (Applied Law), Master of Applied Law (Family Law) and Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution Practice (FDRP) programs.

Jane Needham SC, President of the NSW Bar Association, gave the keynote address.


Meet Geoffrey Adelstein – Commercial Litigation’s No.1 Graduate

May 7th, 2015 by
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It’s that time of year again. The College of Law recently saw another generation of students graduate, and while many performed exceptionally, one in particular distinguished himself in the practice area of commercial litigation. Geoffrey Adelstein, currently Special Counsel at commercial firm Diamond Conway, graduated from the College’s Applied Masters program with flying colours. A […]


Fellowships Point to New Era for College of Law

May 5th, 2015 by
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There was a record turnout for The College of Law Autumn 2015 Academic Awards Ceremony where the College welcomed over 115 graduates of the postgraduate Applied Law Programs as alumni and recognised them as Graduate Fellows of The College of Law. The event was held in the Members Pavilion of the historic Sydney Cricket Ground.