Gain the pre-eminent qualification for notaries in Australia and New Zealand with Victoria University's Professional Course in Notarial Practice.
Originally designed to meet a legislative requirement in Victoria, the Professional Course in Notarial Practice has become one of the outstanding courses of its kind in the common law world.
The course caters to practising lawyers with an Australian law degree who have at least five years' experience in legal practice. It comprises three days of classes, with additional self-paced modules to be completed over 15 weeks.
On completion, you'll have gained knowledge and practical skills in the following topics:
- notarial practice in major civil law and common law jurisdictions
- the work of a notary in Victoria
- notarial acts in private and public forms
- professional rights and obligations of a notary
- comparative law and private international law, as they relate to notarial practice.
The course is presented by the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre – which aims to 'enhance community understanding of the law and deepen the legal profession’s understanding of community issues'.
It is approved by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board (VLAB) and satisfies the requirements of the Public Notaries Act 2001 (Vic) in relation to the education of prospective notaries in Victoria.
The Course will be delivered over a period of 12 weeks. It commences with a three day compulsory face-to-face workshop, followed by self-paced online study. Assessment will include practical problem solving exercises and the submission of a number of essays.
The Course comprises three modules. The modular structure and flexible teaching approach has been designed to enable practitioners, including overseas, interstate and country practitioners, to readily undertake the Course. The three modules are: Module 1 - Applied Notarial Practice Module 2 - Principles of Notarial Practice Module 3 - Introduction to Comparative Law and Private International Law
Module 1 - Applied Notarial Practice
This module aims to provide students with an in depth, practical knowledge of the work of Australian notaries including a detailed understanding of notarial acts in public and private forms and instruction in a notary's rights, obligations and duties. On completion of the module, students will demonstrate ability to draft acts in public and private form and identify practical problems faced in daily practice. The module comprises face-to-face workshops over three days and is the only component of the programme with a fixed time commitment. During the workshops, there will be several practical exercises. Following the workshops, two assessment tasks will be released to be completed by specified due dates. Those tasks relate to the practical exercises which were undertaken during the workshops.
Module 2 - Principles of Notarial Practice
This module is aimed at providing students with a theoretical background and understanding of the subjects and issues covered during the Applied Notarial Practice workshop. On completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate their understanding of the theoretical bases of notarial practice in Australia, the major civil law jurisdictions and in the USA. This module is delivered online and it is expected that the time required to complete it is six weeks. Assessment requires completion of a number of essays.
Module 3 - Introduction to Comparative Law and Private International Law
This module is aimed at providing students with an introduction to the civil law and common law legal traditions and to the resolution of conflicts of laws between those traditions. On completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate their understanding of the laws of a number of the major foreign jurisdictions and their ability to negotiate those laws in practice. This module is delivered online and it is expected that the time required to complete it is six weeks. Assessment requires completion of a number of problem solving case studies and essays.
The Professional Course in Notarial Practice provides an in-depth, theoretical and practical knowledge of the work of public notaries in Australia. The course is approved by Victoria's Council of Legal Education as one which satisfies the education requirement of the Public Notaries Act 2001 (Vic).
The Course will provide a comprehensive overview of notarial acts in public and private forms. It explores the civil law and common law legal traditions and the resolution of conflicts of laws between those traditions in Australia as well as theoretical bases of notarial practice in other major civil law jurisdictions including the USA. The course also explores a notary’s professional rights, obligations and duties as well as the practical aspects of managing a notarial practice including maintaining documentation and professional standards.
Course Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this course, students should to be able to:
- Critically review the theoretical bases of notarial practice and contextualise current notarial practice in contemporary Australia;
- Interrogate common laws and civil laws of major foreign jurisdictions as relevant to wide ranging contexts, respecting and valuing diversity;
- Negotiate creative and ethical solutions to practical and complex problems, balancing individual and public good;
- Communicate clearly and coherently using effective interpersonal skills in professional practice
- Analyse notarial acts in public and private forms and critically review a notary’s professional rights, obligations and duties; and
- Draft acts in public and private form as relevant to wide ranging contexts.
Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.
Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.
Students must hold at least a Bachelor's Degree in Law and have been practising for a minimum of 5 years to qualify for admission into the course.
How to register
The in-person component of the 2019 course will run from 24 to 26 May 2019. This will be followed by a number of online, self-paced assignments to be completed over a 15-week period.
Places are limited to 16 students, so enrol early to secure a spot.
For all enquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sir Zelman Cowen Centre
Level 2, City Queen Campus
Registration for the 2019 course is closed.