Career Foundation Programmes
What are career foundation programmes
The College of Law Career Foundation Programmes are designed to act as a bridge between academic law and legal practice. These programmes will help equip you with the practical skills needed to start your career as an entry-level lawyer.
"I really enjoy studying at the College of Law. The tutors take a real interest in my learning and development, taking time to make sure that I understand the content. I am learning valuable skills that I will be able to take into my professional career."
International Legal English and Professional Skills
The College of Law International Legal English and Professional Skills (ILEPS) programme is designed to prepare young lawyers for international legal practice. It is a practical, learning-by-doing, program that is designed to improve English communication skills (to levels B2/C1 on the Common European Framework of Reference) while learning legal professional skills in the context of a Common Law based commercial and corporate legal practice.
The ILEPS programme is comprised of two subjects:
International Legal English & Professional Skills 1
This 15-unit subject focuses on developing legal English communication skills and legal professional skills in the context of non-litigious transactions in commercial and corporate practice.
The legal English communication skills focus is on improving reading and writing skills to levels B1|C2 on the Common European Framework of Reference.
International Legal English & Professional Skills 2
This 15-unit subject focuses on developing legal English communication skills and legal professional skills in dispute resolution in the context of commercial and corporate practice.
The legal English communication skills focus is on improving listening and speaking skills to levels B1|C2 on the Common European Framework of Reference.
Both subjects offered in four intakes per year – February, May, September and November.
Single module enrolments are able to be undertaken at any time.
The College sets no minimum English language requirements for undertaking its ILEPS programme. However, before undertaking the course, you should attempt Unit 1 of ILEPS, which is available on a free trial basis. Doing this will allow you to consider whether your English capability is sufficient to successfully complete the course.
You should also self-assess your current level of English language capability, against the language levels set out in the Council of Europe Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) - Language Levels document, which is available for download below.
The ILEPS course is designed to improve your legal English communication skills to levels C1-C2 on the CEFR (in the context of learning legal professional skills), but it is not a language test.
For further information about the CEFR and English language testing, visit the following websites:
- Cambridge English explains how their exams relate to the CEFR: http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams/cefr/
- Cambridge English shows the relationships between its exams, the CEFR and IELTS scores http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/images/126130-cefr-diagram.pdf
- The Council of Europe - which established the CEFR: http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/linguistic/cadre1_en.asp
- IELTS - which a system of scoring for English capability https://www.ielts.org/
If you would like to enrol in the free trial for ILEPS, please get in touch with our student services team.
Legal Business skills series
The College of Law Legal Business Skills Series is designed to prepare new lawyers for practice by developing the essential business skills needed for a successful career in legal practice. You will learn how to:
- Build confidence in your workplace
- Become an effective communicator
- Network effectively and develop your ‘personal brand’
- Discover the qualities needed of a successful leader
- Manage time and workload
- Build effective client relationships
Graduate bridging courses
A mandatory requirement for admission as a lawyer in Australia and New Zealand is to complete a practical legal training course that bridges the gap between an academic law degree and practising law.
In Australia, law graduates are required to complete a Practical Legal Training (PLT) course before they can be admitted as a lawyer.
In New Zealand, law graduates are required to complete a Professional Legal Studies Course (PLSC) course.
The courses are structured training programmes designed to help develop the practical, day-to-day skills needed as an entry-level lawyer.
Completion of a PLT or PLSC programme is the second essential step to being admitted as a lawyer – the first being a law degree.
After completing these bridging courses, graduates are eligible to apply for admission as a legal practitioner.