Continuing Professional Education
Discover the importance of professional and career development
The Continuing Professional Education (CPE) component of our Practical Legal Training program 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:
- Legal Business Skills Series: a program only offered by The College of Law which focuses on the business of law
- 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
- Getting started in legal practice: navigating the workplace
- Getting started in legal practice: building confidence
- Managing your time and workload
- Communicating effectively
- Facilitating good client service and effective relationships
- Developing a commercial mindset
- Developing leadership skills
- Creating your personal brand and networking
- Understanding financial information
- Researching effectively
- SMSFs and property law: key concepts for lawyers
- Commercial and Corporate Practice
- Structuring transactions: significance and key drivers
- Calamitous GST clauses – avoiding the pitfalls and traps
- Due diligence: how to conduct a successful due diligence process
Family Law Practice
- Parental responsibility – using it and losing it
- Social media activity as evidence in family law matters
- Best practice guidelines for family court conciliation conferences
Wills and Estates Practice
- Testamentary trusts: drafting the six major types
- Testamentary trusts: life interests and rights of residence
- Attracting new business through visibility, credibility and strong relationships
- Growing revenue from existing clients
Interactive online series
- How to write an effective letter of demand
- How to most effectively instruct counsel: tips and traps
- How to effectively manage the discovery process
- How to undertake due diligence: the do's and don'ts
- How to use boilerplate clauses in commercial contracts
- How to draft affidavits in commercial matters
- How to prepare effective file notes
- How to conduct a first client interview
- How to add value to your communication: plain language drafting
- How to draft parenting plans