Continuing Professional Development (CPD) at Leo Cussen Centre for Law embodies our mission to support and strengthen the administration of justice and the legal system through education, training and professional development.
CPD requirements are necessary, but we believe that development is more important than points. That is why our programs are designed to genuinely add to your knowledge so that you can remain at the forefront of the legal profession – the points are a bonus.
Our programs fall into four main categories:
Take an hour of your time and update yourself on any of a wide range of topics within the core compulsory areas: ethics; substantive law; professional skills; and practice management & business skills. This may include everything from developments in legislation and case law, to vital skills like drafting – you name it, we do it.
Attend a Leo Cussen conference and be at the forefront of developments in your practice area, as well as take the opportunity to network through the day. Usually full-day events with multiple speakers, our conferences are presented by leaders in their fields. We offer ‘essential’ content, including case updates and developments in the law and legal practice. We provide lunch and morning and afternoon teas, plus full materials.
Our one- and two-day workshops are intensive and interactive, and the learning is enhanced because you are learning in small groups. We use leading practitioners in all of these workshops, which are fully catered. There are basically two types of workshop:
- Essentials, which cover the elements of legal practice from a practical point of view, including recent developments, precedents and templates.
- Advocacy, the same as Essentials but with greater interactivity, including role play and mock hearings.
At peak CPD times, usually in the lead-up to the end of the CPD year on March 31, we offer a series of three-hour programs – worth three CPD points each – designed to cover at least three compulsory CPD categories. We often run two sessions a day and participants can mix and match to gain the precise knowledge and number of CPD points they require.
Leo Cussen runs workshops for legal support staff, covering similar areas to those in the lawyers’ workshops, giving them the up-to-date, in-depth and practical knowledge they need to fulfil their functions effectively in the practice. It gives practice supervisors the confidence that their staff are well-trained, current and on the same page as the lawyers.
Find all your CPD programs and events.
For your convenience and interest, we offer a wide range of CPD audio and webcasts. We also sell seminar and conference materials, and books.
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Where to go
We deliver programs at the Leo Cussen Centre for Law, 360 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne, and at other convenient venues.