Information for College of Law students

Information for College of Law students

COVID-19

Important Information for College of Law Customers

The health and wellbeing of our staff and customers are our priority. Accordingly, given the evolving COVID-19 situation, we will not be holding face-to-face events or programs until further notice. Please scroll down to check details for your program as well as contact details for enquiries.

Please note all other online programs are continuing as normal.

 

LEGAL PROFESSION SUPPORT PACKAGE

Neville Carter AM, CEO & Principal of The College of Law today announced that a package funded to $3M would be made available to support the legal profession in Australia and New Zealand, as it recovers from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here

COLLEGE CAMPUSES – CLOSURE

The College will be operating on a work-from-home basis with effect from close of business Monday 23 March 2020. This means our Sydney City, St Leonards, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth campuses will be closed.

If you need to contact anyone at the College state offices please use the contact details below:

Queensland   +61 7 3234 4555
South Australia   +61 8 7100 7000 
Victoria  +61 3 8689 8600 
Western Australia        +61 8 9214 0200


Please check below for the status of your program.

PRACTICAL LEGAL TRAINING

Due to the COVID-19 situation, the Practical Legal Training program will be delivered entirely online until we are able to reopen College premises. Students will receive an email outlining the new arrangements on a progressive basis.

For current PLT students there is no change to your program.
 
For the latest information on Practical Legal Training work experience, please visit our work experience page.

 

Work Experience

 
Contact details
Please call the Student Services Team on 1300 856 111 (or +61 2 9965 7076) or email support@collaw.edu.au

PRACTITIONER EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Short CPD programs

Most short face-to-face programs have been cancelled or postponed. Where programs can be delivered online, registrants will have been emailed.

Please check your email for information.


Legal Practice Management Courses

We are in discussion with regulators and accrediting authorities to determine if we can deliver the face-to-face component online. We will advise you via email of the outcome as soon as possible.


National Accredited Mediation Program

Unfortunately we have had to cancel all face to face Mediation programs until further notice. However, we will be delivering this program and the associated assessment online. Please check your email for advice regarding your enrolment.


Migration Agents Capstone Assessment (OMARA)
The oral assessment scheduled for 27 April to 1 May will not be running. All oral assessments will now occur 18-22 May 2020. Please check your email for information.

Contact details Please call our Client Services Team on 1300 506 402 or +61 2 9965 7111 or email maca@collaw.edu.au

USE OF ZOOM FOR ONLINE PROGRAMS

The College of Law has employed Zoom video conferencing to augment its distance education platform during this time of COVID-19 pandemic. It has set and seeks to maintain appropriate settings for security, privacy and usability that suit the educational content and purpose of our usage. For example, we require logged in sessions to identify students in classes and set a password for all sessions to prevent “zoom bombing”.

Prior to the pandemic, the College used Zoom (as well as other tools), and our experience with its usability and compatibility across many technology combinations helped to inform our decision to extend it to classrooms. You may be aware that Zoom is used broadly in the higher education sector also for similar reasons and purposes.

The College monitors media reports about Zoom, including on decisions by some organisations to ban its business use on work devices. We appreciate that organisations which have taken the effort to harden and secure their preferred video conferencing platforms for internal, business-related use will avoid use of alternatives. We suggest this need not apply to external, educational use. Also:

  • We understand that firms may require staff not install software on work computers; Zoom can be used in a browser-only (that is, no download) mode.
  • We have updated our guidance to students to remind them not to use the same passwords for Zoom accounts as for other accounts.

The College also monitors security reports and subscribes to the Australian AARNet hosted service, which stores any recordings in Australia. You might like to read some of their additional response https://news.aarnet.edu.au/aarnet-response-to-zoom-security-issues/. To note: the Colleges has now discontinued the of use of waiting room in classes, as we found that the downside disruption and delays to students re-joining or joining late outweighs any minor security effect.