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CPD Requirements for Victorian Lawyers

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The mandatory continuing legal education requirements are different for barristers and solicitors in Victoria.  Click on the links below to find out more about the rules for:

Victorian Solicitors

The Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) mandatory continuing legal education scheme is set out in full in the Law Institute Continuing Professional Development Rules 2008 and the Continuing Professional Development Rules of the Legal Services Board 2008.  Failure to comply with the requirements of the legal CPD scheme may amount to unsatisfactory professional conduct and/or professional misconduct under the Legal Profession Act 2004 (Vic).

CPD Activities

Under the LIV continuing legal education scheme, a legal CPD activity must:

  • be of significant intellectual or practical content and must deal primarily with matters related to the practitioner’s practice of law
  • be conducted by persons who are qualified by practical or academic experience in the subject covered; and
  • seek to extend the practitioner’s knowledge and skills in areas that are relevant to the practitioner’s practice needs.

A legal CPD activity must consist of one of the activities set out in clause 4.2 of the Law Institute Continuing Professional Development Rules 2008 to comply with the Law Institute of Victoria continuing legal education scheme.

LawCPD’s online CPD courses are classified as a web-based or online program under clause 4.2.  This means that Victorian practitioners can earn 1 legal CPD unit per hour and all 10 legal CPD units annually by completing LawCPD’s online CPD courses.

Annual CPD Requirements

According the LIV continuing legal education scheme, practitioners must earn a minimum of 10 legal CPD units every CPD year (1 April – 31 March annually).

Victorian practitioners must earn a minimum of 1 legal CPD unit in each of the following four mandatory fields:

  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility;
  • Professional Skills;
  • Substantive Law; and
  • Practice Management and Business Skills

LawCPD has allocated fields (or competency areas) to all of the online CPD courses on the LawCPD site to assist practitioners with the task of identifying which online CPD courses fall within the different mandatory fields.

Record Keeping and Auditing

Under the Law Institute of Victoria continuing legal education scheme, practitioners must maintain a record of their legal CPD activities.  Practitioners must also retain some supporting documentation to support their legal CPD record.

Practitioners will be required to certify whether they have met their obligations under the continuing legal education scheme when they renew their practising certificates.

The Law Institute of Victoria conducts annual random audits of practitioners’ CPD records to monitor compliance with the continuing legal education scheme.  If a practitioner is selected for audit, they will need to provide supporting documentation to the Law Institute of Victoria to verify that they have complied with the legal CPD scheme.

LawCPD provides practitioners with a personalised page (MyCPD) which tracks all their learning in real time and provides a record of all legal CPD units earned through LawCPD.   Practitioners can print a copy of this page and provide it to the Law Institute of Victoria in the event that they are audited for compliance with the continuing legal education scheme.

LawCPD also provides printable certificates for each online CPD course completed which can be downloaded from the MyCPD page.  These certificates may also be provided to prove compliance with the legal CPD scheme if the practitioner is audited by the Law Institute of Victoria.

Further Information

For full details of the Law Institute of Victoria’s continuing legal education scheme and the CLE requirements for Victorian practitioners, visit the Law Institute of Victoria’s website.  

Victorian Barristers

Victorian barristers are required to complete at least 10 legal CPD points annually under the Victorian Bar Continuing Professional Development Rules 2008.

CPD Activities

Under the Victorian Bar Association’s continuing legal education scheme, a legal CPD activity must:

  • have significant intellectual or practical content dealing primarily with matters related to the practice of law as a barrister;
  • be conducted by persons who are qualified by practical or academic experience in the subject covered; and
  • extend the barrister’s knowledge and skills in areas relevant to the barrister’s
  • practice.

A CPD activity must consist of one of the activities set out in clause 3(d) of the Victorian Bar Continuing Professional Development Rules 2008 to comply with the Victorian Bar Association’s CPD scheme.

LawCPD’s online CLE seminars are classified as a web-based program under clause 3(d).  This means that Victorian barristers can earn 1 legal CPD point per hour and all 10 legal CPD points annually by completing LawCPD’s online CLE seminars.

Annual CPD Requirements

According the Victorian Bar Association’s continuing legal education scheme, barristers must earn a minimum of 10 legal CPD points every CPD year (1 April – 31 March annually).

Victorian barristers must earn a minimum of 1 legal CPD point in each of the following four mandatory fields:

  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility;
  • Professional Skills;
  • Substantive Law; and
  • Practice Management and Business Skills

LawCPD has allocated fields (or competency areas) to each online CLE seminar on the LawCPD site to assist barristers with the task of identifying which online CLE seminars fall within the different mandatory fields.

Record Keeping and Auditing

Under the Victorian Bar Association continuing legal education scheme, barristers must maintain a written record of their legal CLE activities.  LawCPD provides barristers with a personalised page (MyCPD) which tracks all their learning in real time and provides a record of all CPD points earned through LawCPD.   Barristers can print a copy of this page and provide it to the Victorian Bar Association in the event that they are audited for compliance with the legal CPD scheme.

LawCPD also provides printable certificates for each online CLE seminar completed which can be downloaded from the MyCPD page.  These certificates may also be provided to prove compliance with the legal CPD scheme if the barrister is audited by the Victorian Bar Association.

Further Information

For full details of the Victorian Bar Association’s continuing legal education scheme and the CLE requirements for Victorian barristers, visit the Victorian Bar Association website.