Big plans for short courses
It takes a special kind of person to sit through the same short course on multiple occasions but that’s exactly what UTS Law’s new Director of Short Courses and Executive Education program loves to do.
Chris Lemercier has a passion for bringing leading practitioners and audiences together to ensure expert delivery of good content:
It might seem a bit strange but I often sit through the same short course several times because I find the repetition gives me the opportunity to absorb something different each time.
Chris is a qualified lawyer but has worked in the area of continuing professional education in the legal field for many years:
UTS is committed to continuing education and, as part of this commitment, the Law Faculty is ramping up its short courses and professional development programs.
Chris says everyone working in the legal and related professions must be across every relevant legislative change and understand what the changes mean for their own practice and for their clients:
For example, Consumer Law, Technology and the Law, and Legal Project Management are all areas which are constantly changing and it can be hard to keep pace with these changes without the benefit of short bursts of extra training and education.
If lawyers don’t constantly update their knowledge, they’ll be left behind.
Chris says it’s exciting that universities like UTS can bring together the good will of the legal profession, the bench and the regulators and co-ordinate that good will into educational opportunities:
The unique value of UTS Law short courses is that UTS is at the cutting edge of innovation and entrepreneurial activity. We can co-ordinate cross disciplinary participation in areas like IT and Data Science. Ten years ago, it was financial literacy which was occupying the minds of lawyers - corporate counsel and lawyers advising the corporate world need IT literacy now as much as we needed financial literacy then.
The Law Faculty is mapping out a program of life long career enhancement and professional skills development - educational experiences which fine tune people’s personal attributes.
For Chris, the challenge is to find the best facilitators to design and curate the learning experience and deliver a short course program which works to both refresh professional expertise and extend knowledge.
It’s about fostering the natural curiosity of lawyers, exciting the thirst for knowledge and providing the tools for professional renewal.
Find full details on UTS Law's upcoming short courses