Foundations in immigration law

Course ID CN200308_BUS1

  • Face to Face
  • 7.75
  • Foundation

Are you an Australian solicitor interested in practising immigration law? 

On 27 November 2019, the Federal government introduced the Migration Amendment (Regulation of Migration Agents) Bill 2019 to Parliament.  If passed, Australian legal practitioners who hold an unrestricted practising certificate will be permitted to provide migration advice without being regulated by the scheme governing migration agents.

In light of this pending change and the existing demand for quality immigration law CPD targeted towards early-career legal practitioners, The College of Law and leading Immigration Law Accredited Specialist, Peter Papadopoulos have teamed up to provide you with ‘Foundations in Immigration Law’. 

In this highly interactive workshop you will learn the fundamentals that are essential when moving into immigration law practice. This day is not to be missed!

Attendees from past intakes:

  • “One of the best seminars I’ve attended in my 30 years.  Material was curated and prepared with care and with effort.  A true and complete foundation course.”
  • “I thoroughly enjoyed the seminar.  Had a practical focus.”
  • This presenter was one of the best I’ve ever seen.  Very organised, lots of information.  An excellent session.
  • “Fantastic seminar – the presenter’s knowledge of the area is vast, the presentation was engaging throughout the entire day, and Peter’s enthusiasm for this area of the law is infectious.  I have benefited enormously from the session.  (The lunch was fab too!)”
  • “Peter was a fantastic presenter. Very knowledgeable, open to answering questions and provided useful examples.” 
  • “Fantastic print media. Layout with breaks timed beautifully. Engaging!”
  • “Excellent. Very informative and helpful. Able to answer all questions.”

50% discount for New Lawyers

New Lawyers in their first three years of practice are eligible for a 50% discount off the full price of this program. This discount cannot be claimed in conjunction with any other discounts, including the alumni/Law Society member discount. Please quote NEWLAWYER at the checkout.


Full Price $720.00

Alumni/Member Price $648.00


Start date:

31 March 2020

End date:

31 March 2020


8.45am - 4.30pm


The College of Law
Level 1, 555 Bourke Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

About This Course


At the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Understand the legislative framework underpinning Australian immigration law and the decision-making process
  • Make a valid visa application and lodge relevant evidence and submissions
  • Handle a merits review application at the AAT
  • Identify jurisdictional error for judicial review application purposes
  • Understand how and when to lodge a persuasive Ministerial intervention request
  • Enhance your practice management, client-liaison and advocacy skills in order to effectively assist clients from non-English speaking backgrounds
  • Identify ethical and professional responsibility issues that arise in the area of immigration law


Designed for

This course is ideal for recently admitted solicitors and those practicing for a few years, as well as lawyers returning to Immigration Law or considering to practice in the area.


Mandatories covered

The course covers the mandatory requirements of professional skills, ethics and professional responsibility, practice management and business skills and substantive law.


Presenter biography

Peter Papadopoulos, Accredited Specialist, Immigration Law

After graduating with Honours in Law and Commerce at The University of Melbourne and completing his articles of clerkship at Arnold Bloch Leibler, Peter was admitted to practice in 1996. He has worked at King Wood Mallesons and Gadens Lawyers. Between 2000 and 2014, Peter ran his own specialist migration law practice in both Melbourne and Sydney. Following this, Peter was a Director of Global Immigration at Ernst & Young and a Principal of Nomos Pty Ltd, a business specialising in the provision of immigration law advice, advisory services and educational programmes.

Peter is recognised by the Law Society of New South Wales as an Accredited Specialist in Immigration Law. Since 2011, Peter has been voted by his peers as one of Australia's best immigration and civil rights lawyers and has been included on the annual Best Lawyers International list for Australia. Since 1999, Peter has been actively involved in continuing legal education through his preparation and presentation of CPD programs for Nomos Pty Ltd, the Law Council of Australia, Australian Institute of Administrative Law, The College of Law, Law Institute of Victoria, Migration Practice Essentials and Lexis Nexis. Since 2008, he has been a contributing author for the LexisNexis online and looseleaf Australian Immigration Law publication.


Filming and photography

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