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Early start to CPD program

Early start to CPD program

By Karin Derkley

Continuing Legal Education 


LIV members have the opportunity to get a head start on their CPD compliance activities this year with the program starting on 9 November – three months earlier than usual.

The entire LIV program will be offered online as live webinars or on-demand videos.

LIV general manager Member Knowledge & Learning Kellie Hamilton says the extended program is a way the LIV can support its members by giving them a chance to spread out their compliance activities rather than cramming them all into a couple of months before deadline.

"Given we're still in lockdown and many of us are working from home, and with our digital programs now accessible to everyone across Victoria, we thought it was a good opportunity for members to start their compliance requirements early," she says.

“It’s giving people the chance to engage with relevant and quality learning this year before other priorities emerge next year when they are returning to their workplace.”

Watching videos to review legislative and procedural changes and refresh knowledge is regarded by the VLSB+C as an eligible CPD activity this year due to the pandemic lockdown, Ms Hamilton says.

The CPD activities cover 14 different areas of law across 16 different sessions and one conference. Sessions include the Year in Review Breakfast series, Lunchtime Learning covering key legislative updates and recent developments, Fundamentals and Masterclass workshops, along with practice management sessions.

Sessions will be presented by experts from across the profession, including members of the judiciary, barristers, solicitors from big, small and regional firms, as well as facilitators focusing on non-technical skills.

The sessions will give members the opportunity to review legislative and procedural changes from 2020, refresh core knowledge or upskill in a new area, and enhance other essential skills beyond black letter law, Ms Hamilton says.

“The November/December program gives members the chance to reflect and prepare, focus on recapping the year and what they need to focus on as they head into the new year,” she says.

Ms Hamilton says the LIV webinars presented this year have proven popular with a wider range of members than those who would normally attend the William Street sessions.

"We've been able to engage with members who've never engaged with us for CPD, such as regional and suburban members. It’s been a big plus for regional members," Ms Hamilton says.

Webinars have also invited a higher level of interaction from members, she says. "Maybe it's because people who might otherwise be reluctant to put up their hand in a live session can type a question into the chat facility, and can still get real time answers.”

Find out more about the LIV’s CPD program and register for sessions here.

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