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Guide helps trainees along workplace path


Cite as: (2009) 83(04) LIJ, p.15

A new LIV publication aims to help trainees and their supervisors negotiate supervised workplace training.

Supervised Workplace Training Guide and Workbook – An essential resource for trainees and supervisors, which was published last month, was developed to assist trainees and supervisors meet the technical requirements of the traineeship.

LIV Young Lawyers’ Section manager Anna Alexander said there has been uncertainty among young Lawyers and supervisors about the change from articled clerkships to supervised workplace training.

“This guide is one important way in which the LIV can help trainees and supervisors to understand the requirements of the new system,” she said.

Ms Alexander said several firms had trialled an early version of the guide and found it very useful.

It has been endorsed by the Board of Examiners.

The guide has chapters on the logistics of supervised workplace training, the Legal Profession (Admission) Rules 2008, what should be in the training plan, electives, admission requirements and precedent documents.

Other articles cover broader areas of interest to trainees including dealing with ethical dilemmas, the realities of working as a Lawyer, the CPD Scheme and guides for young Lawyers.

The most practical component of the guide is the workbook which lists the 220 performance criteria and enables trainees and supervisors to keep a record of their work.

For more information about the guide or to order from the LIV bookshop, see


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