The College of Law is the largest provider of practical legal training in Australasia and one of the oldest and most respected in the common law world.
The planning, development and provision of our education services are directed to a vision of legal education which is focused on developing excellence in legal education as an instrument of service to the public. This vision has a professional philosophy of teaching and learning which emphasises innovative teaching strategies, measurable learning outcomes and continuous quality improvement.
Central to this philosophy is the notion of student as client and commitment to flexible study modes which best suit student and employer needs. In particular, the College has committed itself to being at the forefront of multimedia technologies for distance education.
The College can offer you training that gives you effective and marketable skills through:
- innovative training
- actual experiences in professional and legal services and
- significant and continued advances in technology.
Vision and Mission Statement
A bridge between academic knowledge and professional practice, devoted to developing lawyers who will uphold the rule of law and apply its precepts ethically and skilfully.
This vision brings together a spirit of free intellectual enquiry and a sense of practical discipline in the application of the law, in order to serve:
- the interests of justice
- the equitable conduct of business, and
- the rights of individuals before the law.
To bridge the learning needs of the practising legal profession into high standards and practical currency of legal knowledge, skill and judgement.
This mission is based on continuous improvement systems and culture, as a means of strengthening:
- research and scholarship
- teaching and learning
- engagement with the profession and community.
Practical Legal Training (PLT) through the Professional Program
The College of Law offers the Professional Program as an approved method of practical legal training in preparation for admission as a legal practitioner.
The Professional Program now enables direct admission in a number of Australian jurisdictions. Each stream of the Professional Program satisfies PLT requirements for admission to legal practice through the corresponding Supreme Court as shown below. The table also shows the law society/institute associated with the particular College course.
Graduates from Western Australia, Tasmania and South Australia may choose one of the three streams for admission in the corresponding state followed by mutual recognition in their home state. Please contact the relevant admitting authority for further information. Details can be found under the admissions page.
The College of Law offers three streams of the Professional Program. The curriculum structure is common to all streams, but the state-based material varies in accordance with the requirements of the respective admitting authorities.
For over 25 years, an essential part of the College's work has been in the area of continuing professional education. This operation has sprung from a partnership between the College and the profession. Our courses and resources are mostly the work of practising lawyers - with our own staff adding a range of legal, educational and administrative skills to the partnership.
The College of Law has long been a key provider in continuing professional education. For more than 25 years the CLE unit has provided a unique annual program of seminars offered throughout NSW and online nationally.
Legal Practice Management
The College of Law is accredited by the Law Society of New South Wales to provide the compulsory Practice Management Course (PMC) for Solicitors who wish to obtain an unrestricted practising certificate to enter partnership, sole practice, or practice as a solicitor-director of any incorporated legal practice or as the solicitor on the record for a corporation or government department.
LAW 9000 - Legal Best Practice
As a result of the collaboration between QL Inc and Standards Australia (SAI), the Centre for Best Practice is offering training for LAW 9000.
Graduate Diploma of In-house Legal Practice
The In-house Legal Practice Program is a practical problem-based course for in-house practitioners who want to expand their skills and knowledge, or for lawyers in private practice who are looking to move in-house.
The course has been designed by The College of Law in consultation with Australian Corporate Lawyers Association (ACLA) and is delivered online, with occasional face-to-face workshops. The course is accredited in all states and territories.
Applied Law Program
The College of Law has offered the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice for over 20 years and has drawn on its practical education experience and its online expertise to develop a suite of practice based post graduate programs in applied law.
The applied law programs focus on developing technical and practical proficiency through practical problem-based learning. The applied law courses are designed on the basis of learning by doing - the application of legal skills to realistic tasks and scenarios that practitioners encounter in practice. This is enhanced by the increased flexibility and accessibility facilitated by the courses being available online, supported by regular communication with lecturers, and face-to-face workshops with practitioners from the relevant area of law.
The College of Law Pty Ltd
ABN: 32 001 040 651
2 Chandos Street
St. Leonards NSW 2065
DX 3316 St. Leonards NSW
Ph: + 61 2 9965 7000
Fax: + 61 2 9436 1265 or 1300 888 023
Ground Floor, Law Society House
179 Ann Street
Brisbane QLD 4000
Ph: + 61 7 3234 4555
Fax: + 61 7 3234 4577
Level 6, 459 Little Collins Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000
Ph: +61 3 9602 5522
Fax: +61 3 9602 5574
28 The Esplanade
Perth WA 6000
Ph: +61 8 9324 8614