Learning at the College

Learning at the College

What to expect at the college of law

Our programmes are all about the law as applied to legal practice 

We equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to enter the profession and to continually develop your career. Whether you want to specialise, become partner, set up a practice or work in-house, we can help you achieve your goals.

The College of Law is authorised to self-accredit its own programmes – meaning we achieve the same academic standards, governance and quality as a university.

At the College, we offer blended programmes combining face-to-face learning with online study.

Online learning

Unlike other online programmes, The College of Law programmes have not been adapted from a traditional format. They were all purpose-designed for the digital environment. Delivered via Canvas – our online learning portal – online study at the College is an interactive and dynamic experience. What’s more, our lecturers are always available via email and phone – and feedback is continually forthcoming.


Many students are concerned that the online component of their study might be alienating and stressful. But when they finish, the story is very different!

Below are some common concerns about online study and how we address them. 


Online study is just a series of recorded lectures to watch online


Our online modules are structured learning modules which use the Canvas learning system to guide you through the programme. The programme is designed to be taken online using a tested, contemporary instructional approach.

It is not a lecture series loaded to a website.

I will find it difficult to keep motivated and disciplined


When studying online at the College, you are not on your own. You have an assigned lecturer who is there to help you.

You have a number of options to contact and interact with your lecturer. 

College lecturers are renowned for being helpful, supportive and approachable.

I will have to come in for the assessments and exams


You won’t have to perform any exams – and there is no need to come onsite for assessments.

Assessments are varied and reflect current legal practice so you will undertake tasks that can be applied in day-to-day practice. 

our guiding principles

Lewis Patrick

 Lewis Patrick

 Chief Academic Officer, The College of Law

"As Chief Academic Officer at The College of Law, I have seen enormous changes over the years in the way we approach and deliver our courses.

As legal practice evolves, our Principles guide us to adapt our courses to the changing needs of the profession.

In doing so, we also aim to continually strengthen all non-teaching activities including research, scholarships, policies – and professional and community engagement.

Learning Principles

Graduate Attributes

Studying a postgraduate qualification at The College of Law is not just about acquiring new knowledge and skills.

It’s also about acquiring personal and professional attributes that will distinguish you from other graduates and help you become more attractive to employers and clients.

The three most fundamental graduate qualities we encourage are:

  1. Professionalism (who we are)
    Ethical, knowledgeable, well-presented and prepared

  2. Effectiveness (how we work)
    Client-centred, clear, responsive and collaborative

  3. Practicality (what we achieve)
    Strategic, commercially aware, solution-focused and systematic 

Graduate attributes and descriptors