June 9, 2020 9:12 am

Leo Cussen Centre for Law was established in 1972 and is one of Australia’s premier organisations for practical legal training (PLT) and ongoing professional development. Here are just a few of the many reasons why many law graduates choose Leo Cussen for their PLT.


Career Support

PLT is a compulsory step for all law graduates, therefore you want to ensure that you choose a PLT provider who can not only help you get through the course, but also provide support so you can gain employment afterwards. Leo Cussen actively encourages legal employers to take on our students in several ways:

– sponsoring a graduate to undertake PLT at Leo Cussen;

– providing a three-week professional placement in their law firm;

– employing a Leo Cussen graduate after completion of their PLT.



PLT students receive comprehensive feedback and personalised support from their own lawyer mentor during the program, allowing them to constantly gauge their progress. Each mentor works with a small group of students in order to ensure they can offer tailored mentoring for each student.

At Leo Cussen, we believe that the best teachers are those with broad experience working in the law field, which is why all PLT students are taught by practising lawyers.



For many, PLT can seem like a daunting process, where their years of study are put to the test. Leo Cussen gives graduates the confidence to enter the world of law knowing that they can tackle almost any obstacle, due to the breadth and depth of our PLT course.


Legal Skills

The Leo Cussen PLT course is specifically designed to satisfy the National Competency Standards for Entry-Level Lawyers, as set out by the Legal Profession Uniform Admission Rules 2015 (which can be read here). PLT students study and gain experience in the following areas and skills:



1. Trust and Office Accounting

2. Advocacy (eg. criminal and civil advocacy)

3. Lawyer’s Skills (eg. interviewing and drafting; dispute resolution)

4. Work Management and Business Skills

5. Legal Analysis (eg. problem analysis; practical legal research; statutory interpretation)



6. Litigation Practice

7. Commercial and Corporate Practice

8. Property Practice

9. Criminal Law Practice

10. Taxation



11. Ethics


12a. Administrative Law Practice

12b. Family Law Practice

13a. Consumer Law Practice

13b. Employment and Industrial Relations Practice

13c. Planning and Environmental Law Practice

13d. Wills and Estates Practice

13e. Banking and Finance

Business Skills

By the conclusion of the PLT course, students will have gained much experience in many of the tasks necessary for working as a lawyer, such as client and deadline management, dealing with lawyers for other parties, and how to calculate the value of your time and work, making you a more effective and professional lawyer.

In 2019 we carried out a graduate survey which showed that 96% of Leo Cussen PLT alumni were highly satisfied with the course and it had given them the necessary skills to begin their careers in law. So don’t just take our word for it, come and find out why Leo Cussen is the ideal organisation for completing your Practical Legal Training.