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Not goat meditation – just free, quality CPD

We get it – it’s a COVID-19 uncertain world out there.

You are swamped with invitations to free webinars offering you everything from guidance on how to reinvent your business, or a marketing strategy that would scare off a used car salesman, to a session on transcendental goat meditation that will save your sanity.

While I think the goat meditation sounds like fun (maybe with a glass of wine), QLS will not be trying to convince you to sign up for any of these things.

Instead QLS, now more than ever, wants to support you by making it easy to access the quality resources you need to continue being good lawyers practising good law.

We know CPD compliance may be a financial imposition that you are struggling to meet in the current climate, so as part of the COVID-19 QLS support package for the legal profession, we are committed to providing free on-demand CPD points for members.

We added four free CPD videos in April and will release at least one free CPD point a month from May until the end of the 20/21 CPD year. The free CPD will cover all the CPD core areas as well as substantive topics. New content will be added every Wednesday on the QLS website (a mixed offering of both free-to-members and paid-for content). You can access and watch them at any time from the comfort of your (home) desk or mobile devices.

The suite of videos will cover a variety of relevant topics to help you adjust and manage your practice and mental health, and stay up to date on current legal developments in this quickly evolving Coronavirus landscape.

We are working closely (although at a safe social distance!) with our expert presenters to record the CPD videos, so keep an eye out for fresh topics such as:

  • employment law issues
  • business contingency planning
  • wellbeing in times of isolation
  • bail applications
  • parenting and family violence issues
  • ethics in a pandemic
  • document execution and witnessing
  • remote advocacy
  • elder law issues.

If you use social media, you will also have seen QLS is running regular Facebook Live and InstagramTV streams on Mondays and Fridays at midday. These are free and fast sessions of less than 15 minutes that keep you updated on the latest legal developments and practices, give you tips on topics such as cybersecurity and wellbeing, and point you in the direction of other reliable COVID-19 resources. In addition, we are producing some quick and easy listening Q&A podcasts, so look out for these in your social media feeds and on the QLS Facebook and Instagram pages.

I look forward to seeing many of you in person when we have the all clear to resume QLS face-to-face CPD events, but in the meantime please keep checking on our QLS website for the latest on-demand CPD offerings and updates on new online learning modules that we are preparing to roll out.

Find our latest CPD offerings at qls.com.au/on-demand

Sandra Pepper is Head of Professional Development at Queensland Law Society.

This story was originally published in Proctor May 2020.

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