Law Students & Graduates

Traineeship Programs (Qld)

Leo Cussen customises programs for Qld trainees in firms and legal practices, particularly National firms requiring  ‘programmed’ or ‘supplementary training’ under the Queensland Supreme Court (Admission) Rules 2004. These programs have been approved by the Chief Justice and the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board (Qld).

Leo Cussen Traineeship Programs (Qld) topics:

  • Are intensive face-to-face modules.
  • Are instructed and formally assessed during the module by two instructors who are practising lawyers.
  • Are designed for trainees to demonstrate understanding and competence in the National Competency Standards (NCS) for Entry-Level Lawyers.
  • Allow for Instructors to identify gaps in trainees’ understanding and trainees are supported to achieve the required standard. If a gap is identified, trainees are given an opportunity to complete a further task (equally designed to demonstrate competence in the NCS performance criteria).
  • Provide extensive learning materials.

Required Topics of the National Competency Standards (NCS) for Entry-Level Lawyers

NCS topics provided by Leo Cussen are highlighted below

Skills Practice Areas Values

Lawyer's Skills
Problem Solving
Work Management and Business Skills
Trust and Office Accounting

Civil Litigation Practice
Commercial and Corporate Practice
Property Law Practice

Ethics and Professional Responsibility
  One of
Administrative Law Practice
Criminal Law Practice
Family Law Practice
  And one of
Consumer Law Practice
Employment and Industrial Relations Practice
Planning and Environmental Law Practice
Wills and Estates Practice

Topics Provided by Leo Cussen and Approximate Durations

Lawyer's Skills

An entry level lawyer should be able to demonstrate oral communication skills,
legal interviewing skills, advocacy skills, negotiation and dispute resolution skills,
and letter writing and legal drafting skills.

This topic covers

  • Communicating effectively
  • Interviewing clients
  • Writing letters
  • Drafting other documents
  • Negotiating settlements and agreements
  • Facilitating early resolution of disputes
  • Representing a client in court

Duration: 5 days

Problem Solving

An entry level lawyer should be able to investigate and analyse facts and law,
provide legal advice and solve legal problems.

This topic covers

  • Analysing facts and identifying issues
  • Analysing law
  • Providing legal advice
  • Generating solutions and strategies

Duration: ½ day

Work Management and Business Skills (including Risk Management)

An entry level lawyer should be able to manage workload, work habits and
work practices in a way that ensures that clients’ matters are dealt with in a
timely and cost-effective manner.

This topic covers

  • Managing personal time
  • Managing risk
  • Managing files
  • Keeping the client informed
  • Working cooperatively

Duration: 1 day

Trust and Office Accounting

An entry level lawyer should have sufficient knowledge, skills and values to
maintain trust and general account records according to law and good practice,
to the extent usually permitted and expected of an employed solicitor.

This topic covers

  • Receiving money
  • Making outlays
  • Rendering costs
  • Maintaining trust accounts

Duration: 1.5 days

Civil Litigation

An entry level lawyer should be able to conduct civil litigation in first instance
matters in one or more State or Territory courts of general jurisdiction,
in both a timely and cost-effective manner.

This topic covers

  • Assessing the merits of a case and identifying the dispute resolution alternatives
  • Initiating and responding to claims
  • Taking and responding to interlocutory proceedings
  • Gathering and presenting evidence
  • Negotiating settlements
  • Taking action to enforce orders and settlement agreements

Duration: 3 days

Commercial and Corporate Practice

An entry level lawyer should be able to conduct standard commercial transactions
such as the sale or purchase of a small business. The lawyer should be able to set
up standard business structures using entities such as companies,
trusts and partnerships; provide basic advice on finance and securities
and the obligations of companies and their officers; and appreciate the
type of advice needed to assess the revenue implications of standard
commercial transactions.

This topic covers

  • Conduction of commercial transactions
  • Setting up commercial structures
  • Dealing with loans and securities
  • Advising on revenue law and practice

Duration: 3 days

Property Law

An entry level lawyer should be able to convey, lease and mortgage real property.
The lawyer should also be able to provide general advice in standard matters arising
under local government, planning, environment or other legislation regulating land use
in that State or Territory.

This topic covers

  • Transferring title
  • Creating leases
  • Creating and releasing securities
  • Advising on land use
  • Advising on revenue implications

Duration: 3 days

Administrative Law (Elective Topic)

An entry level lawyer who practises in administrative law should be able to obtain
information for clients under freedom of information legislation, seek review of administrative
decisions, and represent parties before courts and administrative tribunals.

This topic covers

  • Obtaining information
  • Obtaining review of administrative decisions
  • Representing a client

Duration: 2 days

Employment and Industrial Relations (Elective Topic)

An entry level lawyer who practises in the area of employment and industrial
relations should be able to advise clients on the relevant law and procedures,
represent clients in negotiations and initiate  and respond to applications in
relevant State and Federal courts and tribunals.

This topic covers

  • Assessing the merits of the dispute and identifying the dispute resolution alternatives
  • Advising clients on procedures
  • Commencing negotiations
  • Initiating and responding to proceedings
  • Representing the client
  • Taking action to implement outcomes

Duration: 3 days

Ethics and Professional Responsibility

An entry level lawyer should act ethically and demonstrate professional
responsibility and professional courtesy in all dealings with clients,
the courts, the community and other lawyers.

This topic covers

  • Acting ethically
  • Discharging the legal duties and obligations of legal practitioners
  • Complying with professional conduct rules
  • Complying with fiduciary duties
  • Avoiding conflicts of interest
  • Acting courteously
  • Complying with rules relating to the charging of fees
  • Reflecting on wider issues

Duration: 2 days