About UNSW CLE

UNSW CLE offers courses and electronic resources which are designed to assist legal professionals to keep up to date with the latest developments in the major practice areas, to refine legal and business skills, and to earn points towards their mandatory Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Many of our events are "Advanced Standing" approved, which means that you can potentially earn credit points towards a post-graduate degree by attending our UNSW CLE events. Some of our events form a part of post-graduate courses. We also host legal training events for non-legal professionals. As a part of UNSW Law, we aim to meet the highest academic standards and ensure that our courses are regularly updated to reflect the needs of the profession. Our presenters include leading legal practitioners and academics.

Our services include:

  • The annual face-to-face CPD Seminar Program 
  • On-demand podcasts and papers
  • Conference coordination and hosting
  • Delegate hosting
  • Tailored in-house training 

For more information about our services and how UNSW CLE might be able to meet your needs, please contact us by email cle@unsw.edu.au or by telephone: (02) 9385 2267.

CPD Requirements for Legal Practitioners

Solicitors are required to complete 10 CPD units every 12 months between 1 April and 31 March. Every year, solicitors must include at least one unit of each of the following:

  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility
  • Practice management and Business Skills
  • Professional Skills
  • Substantive Law 

Solicitors should be conversant with the CPD rules stipulated under the Legal Profession Uniform Law. For further information about your CPD obligations, the monitoring of compliance and options for earning points, please visit the The Law Society of NSW website.

Barristers in NSW are required to complete 10 CPD units every 12 months between 1 April and 31 March. Readers are also required to earn at least 6 CPD points in the year. Some barristers and readers are eligible for certain exemptions to this requirement depending on their situation. Detailed information as to the CPD obligations of barristers in NSW and options for earning points is available at the NSW Bar Association Website.

Most of our half-day seminars entitle an attendee to claim 3 or 4 CPD points. Most of our podcasts are 1 or 0.5 points. You can earn points through a number of different ways including attending or presenting at seminars/conferences or utlilising electronic resources. It should be noted that solicitors are not permitted to claim in excess of 5 points via electronic means during a given CPD year.

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