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1 THE COLLEGE OF LAW PRACTICAL LEGAL TRAINING RMITTHURSDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 2014 YOUR LEGAL CAREER STARTS HERE

2 COLLEGE LOCATIONS 1. BRISBANE 2. PERTH 3. MELBOURNE 4. SYDNEY 5. CANBERRA 6. ADELAIDE

3 To be a legal practitioner you need: 1.Academic law degree (LLB or JD) 2.Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GDLP) 3.Admission to the Supreme Court of Victoria 4.A Practising Certificate from the Legal Services Board; and 5.Annual Continuing Professional Development compliance (CLE/CPD) NB: an alternative pathway to PLT exists in VIC PRACTISING AS A LAWYER

4 WHAT IS PRACTICAL LEGAL Prepares you for the beginning of your legal career Gives your studies a real-world perspective Requirement for admission to practice Direct admission in NSW, QLD, VIC, WA, ACT, NT, TAS and SA TRAINING?

5 KNOWLEDGE YOU WILL Litigation Practice Corporate & Commercial Practice Property Practice Professional Responsibility & Ethics Trust Accounting GAIN

6 SKILLS YOU WILL Advocacy Drafting Client Interviewing Negotiation File Management Problem Solving LEARN

7 WHY CHOOSE THE Fully accredited by the Legal Services Board School of professional practice – not a university Two weeks of invaluable skills training Provider to most top/national firms Flexibility – choice of full-time, part-time and part- time evening All lecturers have worked as legal practitioners, at the Bar or as in-house counsel COLLEGE OF LAW ?

8 WHY CHOOSE THE Convenient location Individual assessments – no formal written exams Continuous interaction with lecturers and peers Consistently high level of satisfaction from student evaluations Best value for money – lowest fees in Victoria FEE-HELP available COLLEGE OF LAW?

9 WHICH STUDY MODE IS RIGHT FOR YOU? COURSEWORK OPTIONS STUDY ONLINE FULL-TIME 15 weeks Commences with 1 week onsite attendance Second 1 week onsite attendance mid-way through course 30 – 35 hours per week for online coursework Online learning allows you to work at your own pace STUDY ONLINE PART-TIME 30 weeks Commences with 1 week onsite attendance Second 1 week onsite attendance mid-way through course 15 – 17 hours per week for online coursework Online learning allows you to work at your own pace

10 WHICH STUDY MODE IS RIGHT FOR YOU? COURSEWORK OPTIONS STUDY PART-TIME ONLINE WITH EVENING ATTENDANCE 30 weeks 6 hours per week onsite attendance in evenings (not every week) 12 hours per week for online coursework Online learning allows you to work at your own pace

11 PRACTICAL LEGAL Three components to PLT: TRAINING Course Work Work Experience CPE Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice

12 COMPONENT Online timetable to help schedule your work Access to lecturers by phone, or face-to-face 2015 Course Fee $8,560 (domestic) FEE-HELP Available COURSEWORK 15 Weeks Full Time 30 Weeks Part Time OR

13 COMPONENT COURSEWORK COMPULSORY SUBJECT AREASPROFESSIONAL AREAS Civil Litigation PracticeProfessional Responsibility Commercial & Corporate PracticeProfessional Skills Drafting Interviewing Negotiation and Dispute Resolution Advocacy Property PracticeProblem-solving and Work Management Skills Trust and Office Accounting

14 COMPONENT COURSEWORK ELECTIVE ONEELECTIVE TWO Choose one subject: Administrative Law PracticeConsumer Law Practice Criminal Law PracticeEmployment & Industrial Relations Practice Family Law PracticePlanning & Environmental Law Practice Wills & Estates Practice Banking and Finance (available in 2015) From 2015 students will be able to select any two electives

15 COURSEWORK Two weeks onsite at campus: 1.Week one 2.Middle of course Why 2 weeks on campus? More time onsite = greater face-to-face practical skills Meet your lecturers and network with peers Lecturers take you through the online learning portal COMPONENT

16 WORK EXPERIENCE Choose between 2 options: COMPONENT 7 Days 75 Days OR CEM 25 Days

17 WHAT COUNTS AS WORK EXPERIENCE ? 7 Days CEM Summer clerkship Paralegal work Volunteering at community legal centres Legal aid ODPP In-house - companies with legal departments Policy and planning Judge’s associate or tip staff Assisting barristers Government or semi-government Assisting Tribunal members

18 WHERE TO FIND WORK EXPERIENCE 7 Days CEM The College of Law Jobs Noticeboard Social Justice Opportunities website Pro Bono website Justice Connect website (formerly PILCH) National Association of Community Legal Centres RRR website Beyondlaw website

19 TIPS FOR FAST TRACKING 7 Days CEM Secure work experience in final 2 years of study e.g. Government bodies, community legal centres, chambers, private practice Register any previous work experience undertaken in final 2 years of law degree. A copy of our Work Experience Registration form in available on our website.

20 CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL 7 Days CEM Consists of 2 parts: EDUCATION COMPONENT 10 Hrs CPD Seminars Work Experience Journal & Workbook AND Introduces you to continuing professional development and ongoing career development Access to a range of online seminars included in PLT course fee

21 2014 COURSE DATE OPTIONS START DATEEND DATEMODE 29 Sept Jan 2015Full-time online 29 Sept May 2015Part-time online

22 2015 COURSE DATE OPTIONS MODESTART DATEEND DATE Full-Time8 Dec Mar 2015 Part-Time8 Dec Jul 2015 Full-Time19 Jan May 2015 Part-Time19 Jan Aug 2015 Part-Time16 Mar Oct 2015 Full-Time23 Mar July 2015 Part-Time13 Apr Nov 2015 Full-Time25 May Sep 2015 Full-Time20 July ct 2015 Part-Time20 July Feb 2016 ONLINE FULL-TIME & PART-TIME OPTIONS

23 2015 COURSE DATE OPTIONS MODESTART DATEEND DATE Full-Time28 Sep Jan 2016 Part-Time28 Sep Apr 2016 ONLINE FULL-TIME & PART-TIME OPTIONS

24 2015 COURSE DATE OPTIONS START DATEEND DATE 27 Jan Aug July Mar 2016 PART-TIME EVENING

25 ONLINE TIME TABLE

26 LEARNING PORTAL

27 ALUMNI Members of the association enjoy: Advance invitations to career development seminars and events Discounts on CPD seminars Discounts on College practice papers Subscription to our Quarterly e-newsletter – Alumination

28 CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Online seminars introducing you to lifelong Professional Development Niche seminars and workshops A requirement of renewing your Practising Certificate College alumni receive 10% discount on CPD seminars

29 LLM (Applied Law) Family Law Commercial Litigation Commercial Transactions Property Law Wills and Estates In-house Practice Graduates of the College of Law PLT program automatically receive credit for two elective subjects in the College’s LLM (Applied Law) programs. Postgraduate courses are designed to: Increase expertise in a specific area Enhance your knowledge and skills

30 PLT PROVIDER CHECKLIST 7 Days CEM Leading provider in Australia and New Zealand Local content Flexible, online learning Multiple start dates through the year Choice of full-time, part-time and part-time evening Two work experience options – CEM now with FEE-HELP Individual assessment and no group assessment Access to experienced lecturer/mentor Personalised feedback Complete set of practice papers included in the fee Comprehensive 2 weeks skills training from experienced practitioners

31 GIVING YOU THE 7 Days CEM ADVANTAGE Contact Student Services Phone: Download a copy of the 2015 PLT e-Handbook next week Check out our Weekly Tips for New Lawyers on Facebook

32 THE COLLEGE OF LAW PRACTICAL LEGAL TRAINING ASK GEOFF NICHOLSON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR QUESTIONS?


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