Law Graduate Qualities

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Knowledgeable  Develop an extensive and well-founded knowledge of key areas of current law, including new and developing areas. The ability to find, interpret, understand and critique Australian law within its Australian historical and comparative contexts, using current technologies and effective learning strategies. 
Apply their knowledge  Develop the ability to use their knowledge to plan, analyse and think critically, logically and creatively. Reflecting upon and evaluating facts, ideas, options and resolutions to disputes and debates, and considering client instructions and the requirements of procedural and jurisdictional contexts. Students completing LLB/LP studies will be qualified for legal practice, with skills developed which are appropriate to an entry-level lawyer. 
Communicate effectively  Use plain English vocabulary, legal terminology and conventions as appropriate to the situation, to convey their knowledge, reasoning and decisions in a clear and fluent manner.   Listening well and responding constructively in written and spoken formats as they apply skills of oral advocacy, persuasion, interviewing, negotiation, argument and counter-argument, as appropriate to particular audiences and settings. 
Work independently  Show professionalism and self-reliance in their learning and their work within legal contexts.   Skills and attributes such as initiative, goal setting, organising activities, prioritising tasks and managing time productively, and a capacity for, and a commitment to, lifelong learning: recognising that the world is dynamic and changing and therefore being prepared constantly to review, update and adapt their knowledge and skills. Our graduates will have demonstrated willingness and ability to take responsibility for their decisions and actions and to operate effectively within any relevant contextual framework. 
Are collaborative  Interact effectively with others in a variety of legal practice settings, including, working cooperatively and productively towards a common outcome as a team member and leader.   Group dynamics, showing respect for others and for their ideas and perspectives and where appropriate learning to negotiate and resolve conflict and or difficulties in a constructive manner.  
Value ethical behaviour  Be aware of the philosophy and the social global contexts of law, to uphold their
community responsibility to advocate for justice and to act with integrity in all matters in their professional work and personal lives. 
As potential officers of the court, they must learn and apply ethical standards applicable to the legal profession and legal practice, and to show understanding of the complexity of ethical issues and debates, applying relevant decision-making models to arrive at ethical solutions to problems and taking responsibility for their actions. 
Connect across boundaries  Recognise the colonial and immigrant context of Australian law and legal practice, and to engage positively with people and ideas beyond the limit of their geographical, disciplinary, social and cultural background.   Synthesising ideas and principles across various legal doctrinal areas and critically analysing and taking appropriate action in complex global and cultural contexts, including forging constructive links between the world of study and the world of work.