CPD Requirements for Tasmanian lawyers
The mandatory continuing legal education requirements are different for barristers and solicitors in Tasmania. Click on the links below to find out more about the rules for:
The Law Society of Tasmania introduced a mandatory continuing legal education scheme for Tasmanian practitioners which commenced on 1 April 2012. Complying with the requirements of the continuing legal education scheme is a mandatory condition for the renewal of a practicing certificate pursuant to section 56 of the Legal Profession Act 2007 (TAS).
Under the Law Society of Tasmania’s Continuing Professional Development Scheme (Practice Guideline No. 4), a legal CPD activity is defined in clause 2.4 and includes:
- attending or preparing material for a seminar, workshop or conference;
- completing a course at a tertiary institution relevant to law or legal practice;
- viewing or listening to, or preparing material for, a multi-media or web-based program or recorded material;
- publishing or editing an article in a legal or non-legal publication; or
- attending or preparing material for a seminar, workshop, conference or discussion group conducted within a legal practice.
LawCPD’s online CPD courses meet the requirements set out in clause 2.4(c) of the Law Society of Tasmania legal CPD Scheme, as a multi-media or web-based program. This means that Tasmanian practitioners can earn 1 legal CPD unit per hour and up to 5 legal CPD units annually by completing LawCPD’s online CPD courses.
Annual CPD Requirements
According to the Law Society of Tasmania legal CPD scheme, practitioners must earn 10 CPD units in a CPD year (1 April – 31 March annually).
Tasmanian practitioners must earn a minimum of 1 legal CPD unit from each of the following four mandatory competency areas:
- Practical Legal Ethics;
- Practice Management and Business Skills;
- Professional Skills; and
- Substantive Law.
LawCPD has classified all of its online CPD courses into the different mandatory competency areas to assist with compliance.
Record Keeping and Auditing
Under the Law Society of Tasmania's continuing legal education scheme, the Law Society may conduct an annual random audit of practitioners’ legal CPD records to monitor compliance with the continuing legal education scheme (see clause 5.2). This means it is important for practitioners to keep a record of their completed legal CPD for audit purposes.
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 Society of Tasmania 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 CPD scheme if the practitioner is audited by the Law Society of Tasmania.
For full details of the Law Society of Tasmania’s continuing legal education scheme and the CLE requirements for Tasmanian practitioners, visit the TAS Law Society website.
Tasmanian barristers are required to earn 10 legal CLE units annually, and are required to earn a minimum of one legal CLE unit in each of the following core areas:
- Practical Legal Ethics;
- Substantive Law;
- Practice and Procedure; and
- Professional Skills
For legal CLE activities which fall within the “Professional Skills” core area, barristers must complete a legal CLE activity which covers one of the following areas:
- Alternative Dispute Resolution;
- Research Skills; or
- other skills related to a barrister’s work as set out in Part 8 of the Rules of Practice 1994.
Tasmanian barristers can earn 1 CPD unit per hour and up to 5 CPD units annually by completing LawCPD’s online CLE seminars.
For further information on the continuing legal education requirements for TAS barristers, visit the TAS Bar Association website.