Education

2018/19 Annual Report

The Law Society’s Education Committee oversees the Law Society’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme, curated and developed by the Law Society’s Professional Development Team, and delivered by subject matter experts.

The Committee’s membership is strongly supported by the Western Australian legal profession, ensuring the Law Society delivers engaging and informed education, as well as offering a variety of topics and formats to suit a range of learning styles and preferences.

During 2018/2019 we provided education focused on supporting core skills for today’s lawyers, with seminars on legal drafting and dictation, mental health and resilience, costs and leadership.

Our Programme included our second full day conference for Rural, Regional and Remote lawyers with great representation from all across Western Australia. Improving access to high quality CPD for our country lawyers is an important element of our annual CPD Programme. As we head into the fifth year since launching our eLearning portal, the Society now has over 70 courses available
online which includes 93 authors and 91 hours content. Also at the beginning of 2019, our Programme expanded to include over 70% of our seminars as live streamed webinars, providing greater access to CPD for city, metropolitan and country based lawyers.

Highlights over the past year includes the very popular Contract Law Masterclass, Drafting Affadavits, The Art of Negotiation, How to Brief Counsel, Non-linear Legal Careers and Strata and Community Title Schemes.

Our annual favourites include the Practical Advocacy Weekend, Essential of Advocacy and Negotiation, A view from the Bench, Costs and the Ethics on Friday series.

The success of our Programmes is a testament to the generosity of our speakers from the judiciary, tribunals, the Bar, private law firms, in-house and government practice, academia and regulators including ASIC, the Australian Tax Office, the Legal Practice Board and the Legal Profession Complaints Committee.

For more information about this committee please email cpd@lawsocietywa.asn.au