The Sir Zelman Cowen Centre (SZCC) provides tailored continuing and executive legal education for lawyers, executives, government, and community leaders.

We offer:

  • law masterclasses
  • notarial practice professional course
  • executive legal education for Chinese lawyers.

Masterclasses in law

Our Courts & Tribunals Academy delivers expert masterclasses on law and law-related topics.

Our Sentencing Theory and Practice Masterclass is run by Emeritus Professor Arie Freiberg, Chair of the Victorian and Tasmanian Sentencing Advisory Councils.

In 2019, we launched our inaugural Masterclass for Government Investigators, attended by over 70 investigators from 13 regulatory agencies.

Upcoming masterclasses

To find out more and express your interest in our annual Sentencing Theory and Practice Masterclass, contact [email protected].

The Chinese Legal Executive Education Program is a targeted course for practising Chinese lawyers. The program covers Australian law and common law systems, as well as facilitating networking within government, business and the legal sector.

The eight week intensive course includes:

  • daily seminars and tutorials with a diverse range of speakers from industry, the law, the judiciary and academia
  • field trips to significant sites, such as the Victorian Parliament, Federal and state courts, and local law firms
  • attendance at conferences, seminars and professional networking forums
  • a legal placement program that allows students to apply their new knowledge and observe professional legal practice at Victorian law firms.


Program delegates return to China with a broader understanding of the Australian legal system and western legal principles.

Participating Australian law firms have the opportunity to:

  • strengthen their cultural and commercial understanding of the Chinese legal sector
  • establish business links with Chinese law firms.

If you are interested in participating in future programs, either as a Chinese delegate or a host (Melbourne-based) law firm, please contact [email protected]

In 2016, 2017 and 2018 we hosted a delegation of lawyers from Jiangsu Bar Association, located in Jiangsu – the sister state of Victoria.

In 2015, delegates were from the Shandong Lawyers Society.

Notarial practice

Our Professional Course in Notarial Practice provides legal practitioners with the knowledge and skills required to be appointed as Notaries Public.

The course is the first qualification available in Australia and New Zealand.

It is approved by Victoria's Council of Legal Education. The course satisfies the requirements of the Public Notaries Act 2001 (Vic) in relation to the education of prospective notaries in Victoria.

Duration: 17 weeks

Delivery mode: face-to-face and online (three day workshop, followed by self-paced online study).

Location: City Queen Campus and industry.

Former High Court Justice, the Hon Kenneth M Hayne with Professor Peter Zablud AM