About the College of Law

About the College of Law

Mission

The College of Law is a school of professional practice for lawyers. We are also the largest provider of practice-focused legal education in Australasia.

Our mission is to enhance the careers of legal professionals across Australasia through the delivery of innovative, practice-focused legal education and training.

Our difference

The College of Law has been at the forefront of practical legal education since 1974. More than 60,000 of our graduates work across all facets of the industry – and we’re one of the most trusted names in legal training in Australia and New Zealand.

But what sets us apart is our focus on the practical side of law and the true relevance of our education programmes.

With over 400 staff across Australia and New Zealand – most of whom are practising lawyers – we work from the profession, for the profession. We also engage a range of legal professionals (including judges, barristers, solicitors and in-house counsels) to contribute to the College through our:

  • Boards and subcommittees  
  • Chapter boards
  • Subject advisory committees
  • Alumni associations; and 
  • Membership and honorary fellow programmes

In Australia, the College is one of the few non-universities to achieve status as a Self-Accrediting Authority from the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency.  

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Corporate History

Up until 1 November 2010, the College operated as a private company (College of Law Pty Ltd) and as a wholly owned subsidiary of the Law Society of New South Wales. 

Under this old corporate structure, the College property was impressed by certain long-standing education-purpose trusts. Legal uncertainties surrounding the trusts were resolved by Orders made in the Supreme Court of NSW on 7 December 2009 with the support of the Law Society of New South Wales and the NSW Attorney General. 

These Orders also enabled transfer of the College’s business to the new College entity – now known as The College of Law Limited, which is a public company limited by guarantee and is regulated by the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profits Commission.

The College of Law Limited has 31 Members, each of whom has consented to be a Member in accordance with the Corporations Act 2001. The liability of Members is limited.

KEY EVENT TIMELINE

1974

The College of Law New South Wales established

2004

The College of Law New Zealand established

2005

The College of Law Queensland established

2005

The College of Law Victoria established

2006

The College of Law Western Australia established

2008

Master of Applied Law Programs launched in Australia

2015

The College of Law awarded self-accrediting authority

2015

The College of Law South Australia established

2016

PLT program launched in Northern Territory

2016

The College of Law Asia established

2016

Centre for Legal Innovation founded

Recognised by Australia's tertiary education and quality standards agency

The College of Law is a Self-Accrediting Authority recognised by the Commonwealth of Australia's Tertiary Education and Quality Standards Agency. This means the College has achieved, within its specialist areas of law, the academic standards, governance and quality equivalent to that of an Australian university.

In New Zealand, the College is accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, which rated the College Highly Confident in its educational performance. This is the highest attainable level.

The college of Law Asia-Pacific

The College of Law Asia-Pacific is based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and its Director Peter Tritt is based in Kuala Lumpur. The College of Law Asia-Pacific was established in 2016 to expand the College's operations into Asia, with a special focus on the new ASEAN Economic Community. The College of Law Asia-Pacific has added three new jurisdictional streams to the College's LLM in Applied Law programme. 

  • ASEAN+6 Cross-Border Legal Practice
  • Malaysian Legal Practice
  • New Zealand / Common Law Legal Practice


LLM Subjects

 

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CENTRE FOR LEGAL INNOVATION

The legal profession constantly faces profound change – affecting how, when and where lawyers practise.

To recognise and embrace this challenge, the College of Law launched the Centre for Legal Innovation in 2016 – a collaborative initiative designed to:

  • Act as an incubator for research, discourse and discussion on the impact and practical application of the changes taking place  
  • Help develop new courses and programs to support the profession
  • Better equip lawyers to capitalise on the opportunities created by these changes.

If you would like to learn more about the Centre in the meantime, please visit the Centre's website.

Centre for Legal Innovation