Full-Time PLT

Leo Cussen’s Full Time Practical Legal Training is a 24-week course, comprising:

  1. 21 weeks of coursework (approximately 25 hours per week) and
  2. 3 weeks’ professional placement.

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 24 week course.

 

Part-Time PLT

Leo Cussen’s Part Time Practical Legal Training is a 42-week course, comprising:

  1. 42 weeks of coursework (approximately 15 hours per week) and
  2. 3 weeks’ professional placement.

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 42 week course

Topics covered in Leo Cussen PLT program

All PLT trainees complete the following 13 topic items in addition to professional placement.

 

 

SKILLS

Topic

1. Trust and Office Accounting

Topic comprises instruction in:

Accounts, Costing

How topic is practised and assessed

Mentor examination of accounts

Topic

2. Advocacy

Topic comprises instruction in:

Advocacy 1 and 2 (Intro to Advocacy, Criminal and Civil Advocacy)

How topic is practised and assessed

Hearing component of Client Files: Interlocutory, Family (Parenting and Property Orders) or Administrative, Crime (Onsite only)

Topic

3. Lawyer’s Skills

Topic comprises instruction in:

Intro to Lawyer’s Skills
Interviewing & Drafting
Dispute Resolution

How topic is practised and assessed

Client Lawyer Interviewing Program (1, 2), Skills applied in Client File Program

Topic

4. Work Management and Business Skills

Topic comprises instruction in:

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

How topic is practised and assessed

Setting up Practice File, skills applied in Client File Program and Professional Placement & additional competency-based assessment for Risk Management.

Topic

5. Legal Analysis

Topic comprises instruction in:

Problem Analysis, Practical Legal research, Statutory Interpretation

How topic is practised and assessed

Practical Legal Research File/Competency-Based Assessments
Skills applied in Client File Program

 

CORE PRACTICE AREAS

Topic

6. Litigation Practice

Topic comprises instruction in:

Civil Litigation (1, 2 Enforcement, 3 Federal Court Practice)

How topic is practised and assessed

Magistrates’ Court File, Interlocutory File

Topic

7. Commercial & Corporate Practice

Topic comprises instruction in:

Commercial & Corporate (1 Commercial including Trusts, 2 Company)

How topic is practised and assessed

Commercial File & additional competency-based assessment

Topic

8. Property Practice

Topic comprises instruction in:

Property

How topic is practised and assessed

Property transaction file  & additional competency-based assessment

Topic

9. Criminal Law Practice

Topic comprises instruction in:

Criminal Law Practice

How topic is practised and assessed

Crime File

VALUES

Topic

11. Ethics

Topic comprises instruction in:

Ethics

How topic is practised and assessed

Values applied in Client File Program & additional competency-based assessment

CHOICE AREAS OF STREAMS (must complete 2)

Topic

12a. Administrative Law Practice

Topic comprises instruction in:

Administrative Law

How topic is practised and assessed

Administrative Law File (FOI)

Topic

12b. Family Law Practice

Topic comprises instruction in:

Family Law

How topic is practised and assessed

Parenting and Property Orders File

Topic

13a. Consumer Law Practice

Topic comprises instruction in:

Consumer Law

How topic is practised and assessed

Consumer File

Topic

13b. Employment & Industrial Relations Practice

Topic comprises instruction in:

Employment & Industrial Relations Practice

How topic is practised and assessed

Employment File

Topic

13c. Planning and Environmental Law Practice

Topic comprises instruction in:

Planning and Environmental Law

How topic is practised and assessed

Planning and Environment File

Topic

13d. Wills and Estates Practice

Topic comprises instruction in:

Wills & Deceased Estates 1 and 2

How topic is practised and assessed

Wills File, Deceased Estates File

Topic

13e. Banking & Finance

Topic comprises instruction in:

Banking & Finance

How topic is practised and assessed

Banking File

  1. Professional Placement. Three weeks in a legal practice or equivalent.

 

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Important Information for Applicants

About Leo  Cussen PLT

Why Choose Leo Cussen

Areas of Practice Covered in Practical Legal Training

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.

Core mandatory 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

 

Choice of practice areas

Our course provides trainees with a choice of practice areas to accommodate their career interests.  See the choice of streams table above.

 

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.