PLT Online Program FAQ

PLT Online Program FAQ

IMPORTANT MESSAGE

Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation the Practical Legal Training program will now be delivered entirely online.

Webinar


With The College of Law's Jacqui Owen & Florence Thum

We answer your questions about the new entirely online Practical Legal Training program, such as: 

- How are the inactive workshops held?
- When are the workshops held?
- Are there any participation requirements? 

 

COURSEWORK

Do I need to attend the 5 day face-to-face attendance at the start of the course?

From Monday 23 March there will be no face-to-face attendance required for Practical Legal Training. All teaching and learning will be delivered online.

How are the interactive online workshops held?

The live workshops are run via a video conferencing platform.

You can think of it as an online classroom, where you can talk and see the facilitator and fellow students, share materials with the class, have a go at online polls, contribute your thoughts and ideas in discussions and sometimes work in small groups with other students.

The workshops have an emphasis on student-facilitator interaction and class participation.

Are they interactive? Can I ask questions?

Yes! During the online workshops you will be able to see and speak with the facilitator and fellow students.

Can I interact with other students?

Though you may not meet your fellow students in person, you will be communicating with them regularly through discussion forums and live workshops. In fact, some of the interactive online workshops include tasks that require you to collaborate with other students online.

When are the workshops held?

The workshops will be held between 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday.

You will be provided with a timetable of workshops and conferences that you will need to participate in.

What do I need to do to prepare before the workshops?

You are not expected to do any pre-reading to prepare for the workshops.

For some workshops, your facilitators may refer to documents found on your learning portal. We recommend that you download the documents before the workshop for easy reference.

Are there any participation requirements?

Yes. In order to remain compliant with the regulations, we will record attendance for all online workshops in the same way that we do for face-to-face classes.

What if I’ve never been on a webinar before – is it hard to do?

No – we’ve made sure the learning portal is easy to use.

If you ever do feel a little confused, you can call us to help you find your way.

What if I miss part of an online interactive workshop because of technical difficulties or illness?

If you cannot attend for any reason, please contact our Student Services Team as soon as possible at  support@collaw.edu.au

They can help arrange catch-up sessions so you can complete the workshop at a later date.

What computer equipment will I need to have ready for the online interactive workshops?

All you will need to access the online interactive workshops is:

  • internet access, and
  • a computer or tablet with speaker, microphone (this could be in the computer itself or by way of a headset) and video capabilities.
How do I enrol in the new entirely online program?

Simply visit collaw.edu.au to enrol online.

Our intention is to continue to run all advertised PLT programs to ensure that you can complete your study as planned.

Do I need to make any changes to my enrolment?

If you’re already enrolled in a future Practical Legal Training program, you do not need to make any changes to your enrolment. You will be automatically enrolled in the new entirely online PLT program.

Will studying the new program affect my application for admission to the legal profession?

Local admitting authorities have approved our fully online Practical Legal Training program and confirmed that it meets all of their admissions criteria.

No student completing the new Practical Legal Training program will be prevented from applying for admission.

Will The College of Law be closed?

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

Supporting students is our absolute priority. You can reach out to our Student Services Team if you need anything: enrolments@collaw.edu.au
or 1300 856 111

Will studying the new program affect my application for admission to the legal profession?

Local admitting authorities have approved our fully online Practical Legal Training program and confirmed that it meets all of their admissions criteria.

No student completing the new Practical Legal Training program will be prevented from applying for admission.

Can I study my Practical Legal Training if I am not in Australia?

All Practical Legal Training programs will be entirely online from Monday 23rd March. You will be able to access your classes and course materials remotely. Please note you must be available to participate in workshops between 9am – 5pm, in the local Australian time zone.

 

 

Work Experience

I am completing legal work experience remotely. Can this be counted towards my Practical Legal Training Work Experience component?

Legal work experience undertaken remotely may be approved for the Practical Legal Training work experience component.

If you are undertaking legal work remotely, that otherwise satisfies the Work Experience rules, please complete the Work Experience Remote Supervision Diary and Work Experience Application form so we can check your placement is compliant with the rules. 

Please submit your forms, signed digitally by yourself and your supervisor, to support@collaw.edu.au

Can I submit my work experience forms via email with a digital signature?

Yes! The College of Law is now accepting all work experience forms via email with digital signatures.

Please submit your forms to support@collaw.edu.au

I’m in international student and am unable to travel to Australia for work experience due to the COVID-19 pandemic. What are my options?

These will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Please contact the Student Services Team at support@collaw.edu.au

 

 

Work Experience – Remote Supervision

I am completing legal work experience remotely. Can this be counted towards my Practical Legal Training Work Experience component?

Legal work experience undertaken remotely may be approved for the Practical Legal Training work experience component.

If you are undertaking legal work remotely, that otherwise satisfies the Work Experience rules, please complete the Work Experience Remote Supervision Diary and Work Experience Application form so we can check your placement is compliant with the rules. 

Please submit your forms, signed digitally by yourself and your supervisor, to support@collaw.edu.au

Is completion of the diary compulsory?

Yes – it is a compulsory requirement of the College to evidence satisfactory remote supervision of work experience, and it is also a specific requirement of some admitting authorities.

Do I have to complete the diary retrospectively, entering details of all the contact I have had since I started working remotely?

If you can remember the details of contact in previous days you should enter it in the diary but, if not, you can just note the date when you commenced working remotely and start filling in details of contact from today on.

For what period is the diary required?

You should complete the diary for the whole period when you are undertaking work experience remotely.

Does the contact with the supervisor have to be daily?

The admitting authorities are saying Yes. We realise that this may be unrealistic or even impossible on some occasions, so we recommend that the student records all contact in the diary with anyone at the firm who is acting in a supervisory capacity (this might be another senior lawyer in the firm). We will regard that other person as acting as a delegate of the ‘official’ supervisor, as long as they hold a full practicing certificate or a restricted practicing certificate of at least 2 years’ standing.

Does the contact have to be with my ‘official’ supervisor who I nominated in my Application or Approval?

Ideally Yes – but see above.

Can a team meeting count as daily contact?

Yes – provided the supervisor or some other senior lawyer acting in a supervisory capacity is present at the meeting.

Do I have to fill out the diary for the whole 75 days of work experience?

Yes – if you are being remotely supervised for this entire period. The diary is only to record remote supervision – you don’t need to fill in the diary once you are back working at the office.

But the diary doesn’t have enough space for 75 days!

Please just make further copies of the form as you need them – or attach your own table (as long as it shows the same information as on the form).

Do I have to record the length of the contact?

No – just the date and start time.

What do I put in the Notes section?

The Notes section is there for your convenience to note anything of significance, such as the name of the person with whom you had contact and their status. Were they your supervisor or another senior lawyer? Was the contact one-on-one or was it in the context of a team meeting?

Detailed notes of the substance of the meeting are not required. Remember the diary will be submitted to the College at the end of your work experience and you need to observe confidentiality.

What do I do with the form at the end of my work experience?

You must have it signed by your supervisor and submit it with all the other documents required to satisfy the Work Experience Component of the PLT Program.

Do I need to complete the diary when I am back working at the office?

No – the diary is for the period of remote supervision only to provide evidence that there has been adequate supervision at distance.