Law Students & Graduates

Areas of Practice Covered in the Practical Training Course (PTC)

The areas of practice covered in the PTC include those prescribed in the National Competency Standards for Entry Level Lawyers as required by the Legal Profession (Admission) Rules 2008 (the Rules). At Leo Cussen Centre for Law our training 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

The PTC provides choice to trainees, subject to our aims for high quality and comprehensive training. 

While the National Competency Standards for Entry-Level Lawyers propose minimum requirements for entry-level lawyers, they are not intended to discourage either wider, or more detailed, Practical Legal Training. 

The following table compares and explains how the PTC choice of practice areas compares with those proposed by the National Competency Standards for Entry-Level Lawyers.

Competency Standards Choice Area 1 Leo Cussen PTC Choice Area 1 Explanation
Choice of 
  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law
  • Administrative Law

Compulsory

  • Criminal Law
  • Family 1 (Divorce)
Choice of
  • Family 2 (Ancillary)
  • Administrative Law

Criminal Law is a compulsory practice area in the PTC because the advocacy skills developed in our Criminal Law topic are essential for entry-level lawyers. PTC Trainees are taught general advocacy skills but PTC Criminal Law provides a practical and essential context for the development of these skills.

Family Law 1 is a compulsory area in the PTC because it provides a practical and essential introduction to serving documents and basic advocacy.

PTC Trainees are provided with a choice between Family 2 and Administrative Law. These choice areas are permitted by the Competency Standards as prescribed in the Rules, and so the PTC provides this choice to trainees.

 

Competency Standards Choice Area 2

Leo Cussen PTC Choice Area 2

Explanation

Choice of

  • Wills and Estates
  • Planning and Environment
  • Employment & Industrial Relations
  • ConsumerLaw

Compulsory

  • Wills and Estates

Choice of

  • Planning and Environment
  • Employment & Industrial Relations
  • ConsumerLaw

Wills and Estates Practice is a compulsory area in the PTC because the written communication and drafting skills developed in our Wills and Estates topic are essential for entry-level lawyers. PTC Trainees are taught general communication and drafting skills but PTC Wills and Estates provides a useful practical and essential context for the development of these skills.

PTC Trainees are provided with a choice between Planning and Environment, Employment and Industrial Relations, and Consumer Law. These choice areas are permitted by the Competency Standards as prescribed in the Rules, and so the PTC provides this choice to trainees. 

 

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.

Skills are taught intensively at the beginning of the Course and the training is developed through the Current Matter file program.

In several topics and in Current Matters you will make 'court' appearances and, in some cases, we may use court rooms provided by the Victorian or Commonwealth Courts. 

We also offer an Additional Electives Program in the later stage of the course. For more information about Additional Electives see Course Structure.