Learning at the College

Learning at the College

WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE COLLEGE OF LAW

Our programs are all about the law as applied to legal practice 

We equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to enter the profession and to continually develop your career. Whether you want to specialise, become partner, set up a practice or work in-house, we can help you achieve your goals.

The College of Law is authorised to self-accredit its own programs – meaning we achieve the same academic standards, governance and quality as a university.

At the College, we offer blended programs combining face-to-face learning with online study.

‘By the end of the College you had actually formed friendships with the lecturers and the students. It was a lovely environment. Every day in my working life I use the practical skills I took away from College.’

Emma German

Corporate Legal Counsel, Stan, Sydney Australia

ONLINE LEARNING

Unlike other online programs, The College of Law programs have not been adapted from a traditional format. They were all purpose-designed for the digital environment. Delivered via Canvas – our online learning portal – online study at the College is an interactive and dynamic experience. What’s more, our lecturers are always available via email and phone – and feedback is continually forthcoming.

‘The part-time online method was a mode of learning that suited me as a wife and mother to three young children. The course materials were of a very high standard (including relevant assessments, practice papers and quizzes) and the lecturer was very accessible in providing feedback and assistance.’

Recent graduate

Practical Legal Training

ADDRESSING CONCERNS YOU MAY HAVE

Many students are concerned that the online component of their study might be alienating and stressful. But when they finish, the story is very different!

Below are some common concerns about online study and how we address them. 

 

Online study is just a series of recorded lectures to watch online

 

Our online modules are structured learning modules which use the Canvas learning system to guide you through the program. The program is designed to be taken online using a tested, contemporary instructional approach.

It is not a lecture series loaded to a website.

You can see how this works by viewing this short video (less than two minutes) about our PLT Plus program. A similar approach is taken with our masters programs.

 

I will find it difficult to keep motivated and disciplined

 

When studying online at the College, you are not on your own. You have an assigned lecturer who is there to help you.

You have a number of options to contact and interact with your lecturer. In our PLT programs, lecturers will contact you via email or phone and will provide you with feedback via video, audio, document markup or text markup.

College lecturers are renowned for being helpful, supportive and approachable.

I will have to come in for the assessments and exams

 

You won’t have to perform any exams – and there is no need to come onsite for assessments.

Assessments are varied and reflect current legal practice so you will undertake tasks that can be applied in day-to-day practice. For the PLT Plus program, the oral assessments are designed to review your knowledge and develop your legal thinking and communication skills.

I really enjoyed learning how to apply legal knowledge in practical ways – especially the exercises where we had to draft pleadings, submissions, affidavits and contracts of sale of land & business.

‘Very practical and the tasks are well designed. Work load is just right.’

‘I found that the assessments often complemented what I came across in practice (e.g. letters, sales of land/business contracts, drafting of wills etc).’

I won’t be able to network or meet other students

 

At the beginning of the PLT Plus program, you will attend five face-to-face sessions onsite. This will give you the opportunity to meet and network with other students in your program.

You will also participate in group activities throughout the program where you will work with other students on an assessment.

 

our guiding principles

Lewis Patrick

 
 Lewis Patrick

 Chief Academic Officer, The College of Law

"As Chief Academic Officer at The College of Law, I have seen enormous changes over the years in the way we approach and deliver our courses.

As legal practice evolves, our Principles guide us to adapt our courses to the changing needs of the profession.

In doing so, we also aim to continually strengthen all non-teaching activities including research, scholarships, policies – and professional and community engagement.

Learning Principles

Graduate Attributes

Studying a postgraduate qualification at The College of Law is not just about acquiring new knowledge and skills.

It’s also about acquiring personal and professional attributes that will distinguish you from other graduates and help you become more attractive to employers and clients.

The three most fundamental graduate qualities we encourage are:

  1. Professionalism (who we are)
    Ethical, knowledgeable, well-presented and prepared

  2. Effectiveness (how we work)
    Client-centred, clear, responsive and collaborative

  3. Practicality (what we achieve)
    Strategic, commercially aware, solution-focused and systematic 

Graduate attributes and descriptors