Continuing Professional Education

Continuing Professional Education

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Discover the importance of professional and career development

The Continuing Professional Education (CPE) component of PLT Plus introduces you to the importance of ongoing professional education and career development.

You are required to complete 10 hours of seminars (i.e. 10 units) either during your Coursework component or within 12 months of completing it.

The CPE is comprised of two series:

  1. Legal Business Skills Series: a program only offered by The College of Law which focuses on the business of law
  2. Legal Series: a range of seminars that cover technical legal topics

You can choose units from both series – or you can select units from just one. However, if you choose to complete all 10 units from the Legal Business Skills Series, you will be awarded the Certificate of Legal Business Skills

legal business skills Series

Exclusive to The College of Law

Developed in close consultation with employers, the Legal Business Skills Series is designed to give you the best chance of success as you begin your legal career.

Comprising of online video-based seminars, the series covers topics such as financial literacy, client service and communication, leadership and business development.

If you complete all 10 units, you will be awarded the Certificate of Legal Business Skills.

Legal Business Skills Series units

  1. Getting started in legal practice: navigating the workplace
  2. Getting started in legal practice: building confidence
  3. Managing your time and workload
  4. Communicating effectively
  5. Facilitating good client service and effective relationships
  6. Developing a commercial mindset
  7. Developing leadership skills
  8. Creating your personal brand and networking
  9. Understanding financial information
  10. Researching effectively 

Legal Series

Recorded webinars

Property Practice

  1. SMSFs and property law: key concepts for lawyers 
  2. Commercial and Corporate Practice
  3. Structuring transactions: significance and key drivers
  4. Calamitous GST clauses – avoiding the pitfalls and traps
  5. Due diligence: how to conduct a successful due diligence process

Family Law Practice

  1. Parental responsibility – using it and losing it 
  2. Social media activity as evidence in family law matters
  3. Best practice guidelines for family court conciliation conferences

Wills and Estates Practice

  1. Testamentary trusts: drafting the six major types
  2. Testamentary trusts: life interests and rights of residence

Lawyer’s Skills

  1. Attracting new business through visibility, credibility and strong relationships
  2. Growing revenue from existing clients 

Interactive online series

  1. How to write an effective letter of demand
  2. How to most effectively instruct counsel: tips and traps
  3. How to effectively manage the discovery process
  4. How to undertake due diligence: the do's and don'ts
  5. How to use boilerplate clauses in commercial contracts
  6. How to draft affidavits in commercial matters
  7. How to prepare effective file notes
  8. How to conduct a first client interview
  9. How to add value to your communication: plain language drafting 
  10. How to draft parenting plans  

I genuinely can’t praise my experience enough as it really connected a lot the dots for me between my university degree and my work place experience.

Emma German, Corporate Legal Counsel, Stan

Practical Legal Training

If something was really really troubling me, I knew that I had the ability to come in the office, sit down, and actually speak to one of my lecturers to get some confidence on what I was doing.

Constantinos Panagiotopoulos, Graduate

Practical Legal Training

I think the best part of The College of Law was the fact that you’re being taught by people in the legal industry and I still keep in touch with my lecturers today.

Rhiannon Abondio, Lawyer, The Uniting Church of Australia

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