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PROFS – Course Content
Wide-ranging subjects – with more elective options
At the College of Law, we understand that no two law students are the same. You have your own interests, your own goals, and your own legal career ahead of you. That's why we're the only Profs provider to offer the choice of an elective subject to tailor Profs to your own interests.
Our Profs course is comprised of eight subjects - three of which have attendance-required workshops (Advocacy, Interviewing and Advising, Negotiation and Mediation). The remaining subjects (including your elective choice) have written submissions, but no attendance requirements.
This subject introduces you to the practicalities of analysing and arguing a client’s case. To be an effective advocate in any forum you will need to be able to present the relevant facts persuasively to the decision-maker.
This subject will build your skills in:
- Presenting oral submissions
- Identifying and using appropriate methods to introduce evidence
- Dealing correctly with exhibits
- Following procedures for making objections
- Examination-in-chief, cross-examination and re-examination
Civil Litigation is a process of resolving disputes between parties. To act competently for clients in this area, you need to have an understanding of the law, the rules, practice and procedures of the various courts, other methods of resolving disputes, and the ability to use those appropriately to achieve the best results for your clients.
In this subject, you’ll build familiarity with drafting techniques, assessing the merits of a case, court processes and procedures.
Commercial practice is a challenging area of legal practice which covers a wide range of commercial and financial activity.
In this subject, you’ll develop an understanding of the key law, practice and procedures when acting as a lawyer for a purchaser or vendor in the sale and purchase of a business. This includes how to set up appropriate business structures and finance and security arrangements for your client.
Interviewing and Advising
This workshop helps you to build skills in conducting effective client interviews, including how to:
- Establish a professional relationship and address any ethical issues
- Obtain relevant facts and information
- Identify legal and non-legal issues
- Advise clearly and contextually
Negotiation and Mediation
The ability to negotiate and mediate are essential professional skills for lawyers. These skills are used frequently in practice in resolving issues in commercial contexts, and helping clients to resolve a dispute.
In this subject, you will develop your skills in applying effective negotiation, mediation or other dispute resolution processes, to support the parties resolving their dispute without resorting to litigation.
Office and Personal Management
Through the Office and Personal Management subject, you will learn key skills in managing as a professional in a professional workplace. This subject is taught through an engaging, interactive online format, and covers topics including:
- Law as a business
- Time recording and fees
- File management
- Professional relationships and communication
- Managing stress
- Managing your time
- Commonly used trust accounting rules
- Interpreting and reporting on clients’ trust ledger entries
Buying or selling property is one of the largest financial transactions many clients will undertake during their lives. Clients will expect you to be able to handle such transactions in accordance with their instructions and acting in their best interests. In this subject, you’ll practice skills and key activities when acting for a vendor and a purchaser in a property transaction, including associated matters such as leasing, mortgages, planning and finance. You’ll build your familiarity with common transactional documents, and develop understanding of the role of the lawyer in property transactions.
Electives (choose one)
Corporate practice typically involves matters relating to mergers and acquisitions (M&A), insolvency, banking and finance, corporate governance and management, and regulatory oversight.
In this subject, you’ll build skills and understanding of:
- Reviewing and advising on regulatory issues
- Reviewing and advising on an insolvency matter
- Advising on an acquisition
Criminal law practice covers the law, rules, practices and procedures that apply in criminal matters. Criminal practice requires highly developed skills of analysis and judgement. Whether you are acting as the prosecuting or defending practitioner, an individual’s liberty may be at stake.
In this subject, you’ll develop skills and understanding of:
- Analysing a criminal charge and bail
- Trial preparation
- Sentencing and acting for a client on a plea in mitigation
Family law practice involves advising clients about ways to resolve issues that arise from the breakdown of their relationship and about various dispute resolution processes and the courts. In this subject, you’ll develop skills and understanding of:
- Taking instructions and advising in family law matters
- Relationship property agreements
- Parenting and guardianship
- Advising on family violence matters
Serving the interests of just one client brings both opportunities and tensions. In-house practitioners must be able to communicate effectively and deal with all organisational levels up to the board and the directors. The in-house role also requires a thorough understanding of the risks the client faces in its operations.
In this subject, you’ll develop skills and understanding of:
- The role of the in-house practitioner
- Communicating effectively in an in-house environment
- Understanding professional duties and balancing the role as facilitator against compliance obligations
Interactive, Hands-ON LEarning
LEARN BY DOING, NOT JUST READING
Rather than formal essay writing and exams, you’ll solve problems and complete tasks.
Whether it’s drafting an affidavit or preparing a statement of claim, you’ll learn key areas of competence through everyday scenarios that parallel real-life practice.