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 (4 weeks in WA).

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 (25 weeks in WA).

 

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:

Trust and Office Accounting, Costing

How topic is practised and assessed

Assessed as part of the client file program

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 the 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 2)

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

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

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

15. PROFESSIONAL PLACEMENT

Victoria: 3 weeks in a legal practice or other legal environment must be completed.

NSW/ACT, QLD: 3 weeks in a legal practice or other legal environment must be completed.

Western Australia: 4 weeks of professional placement and completion of the CPR over 5 weeks (OR 9 weeks professional placement if an exemption from the CPR topic is granted).

During 2021 the professional placement may be substituted by the Professional Placement in ISO module.

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.