Australian Legal CPD Landscape

As legal practice is continually evolving, it’s important that lawyers regularly update their skills and knowledge. Leo Cussen provides Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to help Australian lawyers stay informed about legislative changes, case updates, as well as expand their skills.

Whether you’re employed in a legal practice or working as a sole practitioner, you’ll need to be aware of how changes in the law can affect your work. Each year, new legislation is introduced and cases are decided and it’s up to each lawyer to stay well informed in order to provide up to date advice to clients. Lawyers also need to continually improve their professional skills and ability to manage their files. This is why CPD is so important.

Each year Australian lawyers must complete CPD across a number of categories that can include Ethics & Professional Responsibility; Practice Management & Business Skills; Professional Skills; and Substantive Law. CPD requirements can be fulfilled through a variety of ways, such as live seminars and workshops, publication of legal articles, or by completing interactive online learning modules.

CPD is a great opportunity to not only learn about developments within your current practice area, but also explore different areas of law. If you have particular career goals, CPD can help you achieve them; as long as you satisfy the CPD requirements, you can expand your knowledge and develop your skills in other practice areas that more closely align with your future goals. Leo Cussen offers CPD in areas of law such as wills and estates, corporate, employment, family, litigation, migration, property, superannuation, and tax.

At Leo Cussen, CPD courses and programs are presented by leading lawyers, such as judges, registrars, law firm partners, barristers, in house counsel and academics, so you can rest assured that you are learning from the best within the field of law.

The importance of being able to undertake CPD in a variety of ways including completely online has never been stronger. Many Leo Cussen CPD courses and programs are now available as live-streamed seminars, workshops, intensives and conferences, as well as pre-recorded webcasts, which you can access whenever and wherever you like. You’ll thus have the ability to take notes and learn at your own pace.

As with many educational courses, you get out what you put in, therefore you can maximise your knowledge and skills development in the best possible ways. If you approach CPD as an opportunity to advance your career, rather than just an obligatory step or a chore, you’ll find that you’ll derive the greatest benefit from CPD. CPD will therefore be more satisfying from a knowledge, skills and intellectual point of view.

*CPD requirements in each Australian jurisdiction may differ. Set out below are links to each Australian jurisdiction so you can check you local CPD requirements.

State

NSW

Australian Jurisdiction Authority

The Law Society of New South Wales

State

WA

Australian Jurisdiction Authority

The Legal Practice Board of Western Australia

State

TAS

Australian Jurisdiction Authority

The Law Society of Tasmania

State

QLD

Australian Jurisdiction Authority

Queensland Law Society

State

NT

Australian Jurisdiction Authority

The Law Society Northern Territory

State

SA

Australian Jurisdiction Authority

The Law Society of South Australia

State

VIC

Australian Jurisdiction Authority

The Victorian Legal Services Board + Commissioner

State

ACT

Australian Jurisdiction Authority

The Law Society of the ACT