The College of Law: What it is, and why you should be interested

By Lauren Solomonson

We here at the DLSS GEELONG want you to be fully aware of all of your options when it comes to your degree, and to support you even as you get ready to finish your degree and become a *real adult*, so we are bringing you a series of blogs about firms and PLT options! Today’s topic is the College of Law!

 

 

 

So what is the College of Law?

The College of Law is the school of professional practice for lawyers in Australia and New Zealand. We are also the largest provider of practice-focused legal education in Australasia. They have study locations in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide, as well as some international offices. They also hold events at their locations for law students on their programs, networking nights and more (Check out Facebook for what’s coming up soon)!

 

Why should you know about them?

In order to be admitted as a lawyer in Australia, you need to satisfy three requirements

  • You’ve completed a law degree or equivalent course
  • You’ve undertaken a Practical Legal Training (PLT) program, which results in the award of the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
  • You’re a fit and proper person.

PLT is where the College of Law comes in! They, along with Leo Cussen, are the two PLT providers in VIC.

At the College of Law, there is only five days compulsory on-site attendance during your study, and they have full-time, part-time, onsite and offsite study options.

 

Wait… What is PLT?

Practical Legal Training (PLT) is a structured training program designed to help you develop the practical, day-to-day skills you will need as an entry-level lawyer.

Completion of a PLT program is the second essential step to being admitted as a lawyer – the first being your law degree.

 

When do you apply for PLT at the College of Law?

Your PLT is usually undertaken at the end of your academic studies. However, as of 1 January 2015 it is possible to start earlier if you have completed all Priestley 11 core subjects of your law degree – with no more than two electives remaining.

To start your PLT early, you will need to seek approval from the admitting authority in the state you wish to be admitted to practise.

 

Want to know more?

Head to https://www.collaw.edu.au/ or check out their YouTube channel for some short, informative videos!

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