Map of Revised National Competency Standards for PLT

NCS 2015 PNGI recently posted about the revised National Competency Standards for Entry-Level Lawyers that apply to Australian practical legal training (PLT). The revised standards take effect from 1 January 2015.

I mapped the revised competencies and the ‘lawyer’s skills’ elements. Clicking on the thumbnail at left will open a full size picture. The map provides an “at-a-glance” summary.

For simplicity, I have not include all the elements or performance criteria for each competency. I have included the ‘lawyer’s skills’ elements, because often attract attention in discussions about the competencies.

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Update – DSM-5 – Mental Health Disclosures for Lawyers

As reported in my earlier blog post…

It is my understanding that most Australian medical practitioners would refer to the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR) to categorise and assist in the identification of mental disorders.

By way of update – A revised edition of the manual (DSM-5) is due to be published in 2013.  Apparently each revision of the DSM attracts some controversy. The lead up to the release of DSM-5 is no exception. Some commentators in the mental health field are concerned about the broadening of criteria for identification of certain mental health disorders; see this article in The Age, for example.  It will be interesting to see what impact, if any, this issue has for the development of mental health policy in within the jurisdiction of disclosures for admission to the profession and grant/renewal of practising certificates.

You can read my original blog post here.

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Mind Maps!

I have a thing for mind maps (or concept maps). Due to a bout of influenza that laid me low for 3 weeks years ago during law school I had to sit a closed book contract exam 5 months after I studied the subject. Mind maps got me through. I am progressively adding some recent mind maps (mostly focused on education) to a new page.

Mind Map - SOLO Taxonomy
SOLO Taxonomy
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APLEC, Paul Maharg

I had a enjoyed a short but encouraging exchange with Paul Maharg re online legal education, I recommend a visit to his blog – APLEC, Friday am, presentations, 1 & 2 — Paul Maharg.

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ALTA 2011

I attended the Australian Law Teachers Association Conference (ALTA2011) in Brisbane from 3-6 July 2011.

You can access a copy of my paper here.

I am progressively uploading commentary on the sessions I attended at ALTA2011 via the above menu bar.  Recently added:

Impressions from the Keynote Speech by Chief Justice Robert French AO High Court of Australia.

Impressions of Helen Sungaila and Peter Boulot’s paper, ‘A Critical Analysis of the On-going Regulatory Offensive on the Australian Legal Profession: Challenges to Legal Best Practice Management’.

Thanks to @richards1000 on Twitter, tweets from ALTA2011 are now archived at http://bit.ly/rqLXGo in .csv format

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