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Discover our GDLP at Murdoch with Leo Cussen

Leo Cussen's Practical Legal Training at Murdoch in Perth gives you the skills and experience you need to become a lawyer by engaging you in hands-on legal work - no tests, exams or assignments.

What is your learning style?

There are currently two formats available to students located in WA:

Blended Learning at Murdoch

Mostly self-paced online, plus 12 days of interactive face-to-face learning onsite

Location: 90 South St, Murdoch WA 6150

Receive instant, in-person feedback from your instructors as well as socialise with other PLT trainees in WA with the flexibility of online training.

The 12 days of interactive face-to-face learning are mandatory and held on specific dates at Murdoch University. To find the attendance dates, please check the Course Duration and Attendance Requirements section below. 

The Murdoch Program

100% Online Learning (VIC)

Mostly self-paced online, plus 13 days of interactive face-to-face via Video Conferencing

Location: 100% Online (state laws/courts are based in VIC)

Our online course gives you the flexibility to work at your own pace wherever you are located. While state laws/courts are based in the Victorian jurisdiction, this course qualifies you for admission in every state and territory of Australia.

The 13 days of interactive face-to-face learning are mandatory and held on specific dates via video conferencing. To find the attendance dates, please check the Course Duration and Attendance Requirements section below. 

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Dates

Blended Learning Course

Full time - July

Course Dates

18 July – 2 December 2022

Enrolments open

Enrolments Closed.

100% Online Learning (VIC) Course

Full time - July

Course Dates

25 July – 9 December 2022

Enrolments open

Enrolments Closed

100% Online Learning (VIC) Course

Full time - August

Course Dates

8 August – 16 December 2022

Enrolments open

Intake Full

  • Course Duration and Attendance Requirements

    Leo Cussen’s Full Time Practical Legal Training is a 25-week course in WA, comprising:

    1. 21 weeks of coursework (approximately 25 hours per week) and
    2. 4 weeks professional placement and completion of the CPR over 5 weeks (or 9 weeks professional placement if an exemption from the CPR topic is granted)

    Professional placements may be at private law firms, community legal centres, government agencies, public interest organisations or in-house. Placement can currently be completed via Leo Cussen’s online module at no additional cost and without adding additional time to our 25 week course.

    Attendance Requirements 

    Our Blended Course will be our usual weekday option for 12 days, with intensives delivered in the building on Thursdays and Fridays and;

    100% Online will be our usual weekend option with 12 days, with intensives delivered by video conference on Friday and Saturday.

    WA Blended Course Intake

    Mandatory Attendance

    1st Intensive

    WA Blended

    Monday 18 July – Friday 22 July

    Mandatory Attendance

    2nd Intensive

    WA Blended

    Wednesday 21 September – Friday – 23 September

    Mandatory Attendance

    3rd Intensive

    WA Blended

    Tuesday 29 November – Friday 2 December

    100% Online Learning (VIC) Course Intake

    Mandatory Attendance

    1st Intensive

    July Intake

    Monday 25 July – Friday 29 July

    August Intake

    Monday 8 August – Friday 12 August

    Mandatory Attendance

    2nd Intensive

    July Intake

    Saturday 10 September

    August Intake

    Saturday 1 October

    Mandatory Attendance

    3rd Intensive

    July Intake

    Friday 14 October – Saturday 15 October

    August Intake

    Friday 27 October – Saturday 28 October

    Mandatory Attendance

    4th Intensive

    July Intake

    Friday 11 November – Saturday 12 November

    August Intake

    Friday 25 November – Saturday 26 November

    Mandatory Attendance

    5th Intensive

    July Intake

    Friday 9 December – Saturday 10 December

    August Intake

    Friday 16 December – Saturday 17 December

  • Fees

    2022 Fees

    The fees applicable to specific categories of students are:

    International Students 

    Blended Learning and 100% Online

    Fee 

    $15,860.00

    Domestic Students 

    Blended Learning and 100% Online

    Fee 

    $10,770.00

    The balance of the full tuition fee for non-FEE-HELP applicants is payable in full no later than two weeks before the commencement of the relevant course (the enrolment date).

    If you expect to have difficulty in paying your PLT fees, then you should discuss the matter with the Director PLT well in advance of the enrolment date.

    Additional Fees

    Incidental fees are charged principally as a fine or penalty and imposed as a disincentive and not in order to raise revenue or cover administrative costs – as per 7.5.1 (d) of the Higher Education Provider Guidelines under the Higher Education Support Act 2003.

    Fee type 

    Withdrawal Penalty (prior to Census Date)

    Cost 

    $500

    Fee type 

    Transfer between courses

    Cost 

    $300

    Fee type 

    Deferring to a future course

    Cost 

    $300

    For more on Withdrawal Penalties, go to:

    Important Information for Applicants 

  • Course Overview

    The areas of practice covered in the PLT include those prescribed in the National Competency Standards for Entry Level Lawyers as required by the Legal Profession Uniform Admission Rules 2015.

    Training at Leo Cussen Centre for Law goes beyond the minimum requirements so that you are well equipped with knowledge, skills and confidence to exercise choice as you enter the legal profession. Our course covers compulsory practice areas, electives, skills and values together with placements.

    Practice Areas

    The following practice areas are mandatory according to the National Competency Standards for Entry-Level Lawyers.

    • Civil Litigation Practice
    • Commercial and Corporate Practice
    • Property Law Practice

    In addition to the above, our course provides trainees with a choice of practice areas to accommodate their career interests.  See our course content table.

    Skills and values

    • Compulsory skills and values training include:
    • Lawyer’s Skills (communication skills, interviewing, letter writing, drafting, negotiation and advocacy)
    • Problem Solving (problem analysis, statutory interpretation, practical legal research)
    • Trust and Office Accounting
    • Work Management and Business Skills (including professional placement, file management and risk management)
    • Ethics and Professional Responsibility.
  • Course Content & Placements

    Topics covered in Leo Cussen PLT program

    All PLT trainees complete the following 12 topic items in addition to mandatory career development which includes placement 

    Skills

    Topic:

    1. Trust and Office Accounting

    Topic comprises instruction in:

    Trust and Office Accounting, Costing

    How topic is practised and assessed:

    Assessed as part of the client file

    Topic:

    2. Representing a client in a legal forum (Advocacy)

    Topic comprises instruction in:

    Procedure; etiquette; preparation and analysis; evidence; Examination; submissions

    How topic is practised and assessed:

    Hearing component of client file work: County/District Court (Interlocutory), Family or Admin, and Crime client files
    Appearances in bail application, sentencing plea

    Topic:

    3. Lawyer’s Skills

    Topic comprises instruction in:

    Lawyer’s Skills
    Letter writing & Drafting
    Interviewing & Drafting
    Dispute Resolution

    How topic is practised and assessed:

    Skills applied in client file program and the Client Lawyer Interview Program

    Topic:

    4. Work Management and Business Skills

    Topic comprises instruction in:

    Work Management & Business Skills, Intro to Legal Practice, Legal Practice Review

    How topic is practised and assessed:

    Setting up Practice: Skills applied in client file program and professional placement and additional competency-based assessment for risk management

    Topic:

    5. Problem Solving

    Topic comprises instruction in:

    Problem Solving (Practical Legal Research, Statutory Interpretation, and Analysis)

    How topic is practised and assessed:

    Problem Solving File: Skills applied in client file program and client file task

    Core Practice Areas

    Topic:

    6. Civil Litigation Practice

    Topic comprises instruction in:

    Civil Litigation Practice

    How topic is practised and assessed:

    Civil file Magistrates/ Local Court, Civil Interlocutory file

    Topic:

    7. Commercial and Corporate Practice

    Topic comprises instruction in:

    Commercial and Corporate (Commercial Practice, Trusts, Company Practice)

    How topic is practised and assessed:

    Commercial client file

    Topic:

    8. Property Law Practice

    Topic comprises instruction in:

    Property Law Practice

    How topic is practised and assessed:

    Property client file

    Topic:

    9. Criminal Law Practice

    Topic comprises instruction in:

    Criminal Law Practice

    How topic is practised and assessed:

    Crime client file

    Values

    Topic:

    10. Ethics and Professional Responsibility

    Topic comprises instruction in:

    Ethics and Professional Responsibility

    How topic is practised and assessed:

    Values applied in client file. Program & additional competency-based assessment single; and group assessments

    Electives (must complete two)

    One of:

    Topic:

    11. Administrative Law Practice

    Topic comprises instruction in:

    Administrative Law Practice

    How topic is practised and assessed:

    Admin client file

    Topic:

    11. Family Law Practice

    Topic comprises instruction in:

    Family Law Practice

    How topic is practised and assessed:

    Family client file

    Plus one of:

    Topic:

    12. Consumer Law Practice

    Topic comprises instruction in:

    Consumer Law Practice

    How topic is practised and assessed:

    Consumer file

    Topic:

    12. Employment and Industrial Relations Practice

    Topic comprises instruction in:

    Employment and Industrial Relations Practice

    How topic is practised and assessed:

    Employment file

    Topic:

    12. Planning and Environmental Law Practice

    Topic comprises instruction in:

    Planning and Environmental Law Practice

    How topic is practised and assessed:

    Planning file

    Topic:

    12. Wills and Estates Practice

    Topic comprises instruction in:

    Wills & Deceased Estates

    How topic is practised and assessed:

    Wills client file, Probate file tasks

    In addition to the above, trainees must complete the following career development topics: 

    Thriving in your Career and Self Management (Thriving)

    This Topic known simply as ‘Thriving’ comprises online activities that must be completed. The topic addresses the ‘Resilience and Wellbeing’ National Competency Standard for Entry Level Lawyers and focusses directly on your career goals and your career management.  

    Career Planning and Profession Ready (CPR)

    This Topic includes The Legal Practice Project and Presentations – a collaborative group project presenting on a contemporary development in the legal profession including technological innovation.  For WA students, CPR must be completed over a period of 5 weeks. 

    Professional Placement

    4 weeks in a legal practice or other legal environment must be completed (or 9 weeks of professional placement if an exemption from the CPR topic is granted)

  • Payment Options

    FEE-HELP

    FEE-HELP is available for PLT applicants. However, please note that FEE-HELP is available only if you are an Australian citizen or a student on a permanent humanitarian visa. If you are an overseas practitioner on a permanent visa for the purposes of bridging study, then you are NOT eligible for FEE-HELP for PLT.

    For eligible students, the tuition fee can be fully or partially covered by FEE-HELP. If you are not an Australian citizen or do not have a permanent humanitarian visa, then you will be required to pay the tuition fee upfront. All applicants wishing to access FEE-HELP loans must select FEE-HELP as your funding option on your online enrolment form.

    You will receive an Electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF) via email at least one month prior to commencement of the course. The email will contain information on how to complete your eCAF.

    After you apply for FEE-HELP, if you disagree with a decision about re-crediting or remitting then please read the Centre’s FEE-HELP Review Procedures below.

    Students without access to FEE-HELP

    Please note that students without access to FEE- HELP may apply to pay the course fee by instalments.  An application for permission to pay the fee by instalments must be made in writing to the Director PLT no later than two weeks before the commencement of the course (the enrolment date). Payments may be made by direct deposit, bank cheque/money order or credit card.

  • Admission to Practice

    There are different pathways to becoming an Australian lawyer and your PLT qualification is a key step in the journey. Depending on whether you have undertaken your academic study in Australia or overseas, there will be different steps that lead to your application for admission to the legal profession and your right to practise law.

    We have put together an easy flow chart to describe these pathways. You can find our flow chart and additional information on our Admissions Page.

  • Careers

    Learn as a Lawyer, with Lawyers

    Practical Legal Training at Leo Cussen is a specialist course designed to enhance the skills of law graduates. While a law degree is mainly focused on academic knowledge, PLT is a unique opportunity to apply that knowledge to real-world situations, guided by skilled and supportive lawyer mentors.

    During our course, you will practice several tasks that lawyers carry out in legal offices. This is in the form of running cases and files in a stimulated law firm setting. You will also complete a professional placement, which is a valuable opportunity to apply all the skills you learnt in the PLT to the real world.

    Throughout your time at Leo Cussen, you will also have access to our knowledgeable careers team who can support you with your career planning and advice.

    More Information:

    As the Manager of Industry Engagement & Careers, Alex Giannopoulos provides insights into helping law graduates understand what employers are looking for right now in their junior lawyers. Click on the link below to find out more. 

    What are employers looking for in graduate lawyers?

  • International Students

    Leo Cussen Centre for Law offers extensive support for our international students, ensuring a productive and enjoyable experience. To find out more about applying for our course and your visa requirements, visit our International Student page.

Meet our mentors

Leo Cussen's mentors are highly experienced, dedicated lawyers who will support you throughout the PLT course and prepare you for your legal career.

Julie Anderson

Mentor and Lawyer (WA)

BA(Psyc), LLB Australian Legal Practitioner

janderson@leocussen.edu.au

Lauren Kollosche

Mentor & Lawyer

BJuris, LLB, Australian Legal Practitioner

lkollosche@leocussen.edu.au
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"Julie was beyond amazing; her overwhelming support and guidance throughout the course helped me to focus and develop the necessary skills for the legal profession. Moreover, her constant support and individual feedback helped in building my confidence and skill set."

Tory T - Leo Cussen PLT Graduate & Paralegal at Kingston Reid

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