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Deakin Law School/LIV arrangement recognises prior learning

Deakin Law School/LIV arrangement recognises prior learning

By Karin Derkley

Education Students 

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LIV Accredited Specialists will be able to complete a Master of Laws at Deakin Law School in half the time and at half the cost under a new reciprocal arrangement between the two.

The LIV last week signed a memorandum of agreement with Deakin Law School that means LIV Accredited Specialists will receive four prior learning credits towards a Masters of Law qualification. The Masters of Law ordinarily requires eight units to complete.

The agreement also includes a 10 per cent discount towards any postgraduate course fees (excluding higher degree research programs), within Deakin’s Faculty of Business and Law.

LIV general manager of Corporate Services Paul Stathis said the partnership would provide added value to those undertaking the LIV’s Accredited Specialist program.

“Accredited specialists are already acknowledged as leaders in their practice area. This partnership will promote and encourage further learning for those completing accreditation as well as encouraging them to obtain a valuable tertiary qualification,” he said.

Deakin Law School Dean of Law, Professor Jenni Lightowlers said the university is excited at the opportunity the relationship brings. “We look forward to providing LIV Accredited Specialists with the opportunity to further advance their knowledge and complete a Master of Laws at Deakin while enriching their professional network with the many successful Deakin postgraduate students and alumni.”

Deakin Law School’s recognition of the experience and assessment requirements of the LIV’s specialist accreditation program as equivalent to Masters level is a demonstration of its high quality, Mr Stathis said.

LIV Accredited Specialists must have a minimum five years full-time practice experience and a minimum of three years experience in their area of specialisation. They are required to maintain a high degree of professional development in their area of specialisation and must pass a comprehensive examination process, developed by legal professional experts.

The LIV’s Accredited Specialist program started in 1989 and has accredited more than 1100 specialists across 16 areas of law. Reciprocal credit pathways are also available with Monash University.

Deakin’s Master of Laws has a focus on international commercial law and corporate regulation and covers new developments in health, financial services and corporate governance, as well as dispute resolution, human rights and tax. With this arrangement, the course can be completed full-time in one trimester (4 months) or equivalent part-time.

For more information on the Master of Laws course click here.

Pictured: Deakin Law School Dean of Law, Professor Jenni Lightowlers with LIV general manager of Corporate Services Paul Stathis


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