LIFTED is a map

Take control of your professional future by planning for it effectively, with LIFTED.

LIFTED currently supports the following groups:

LIFTED Verticals

In different job roles in the legal industry, what knowledge, skills and attitudes do you need to excel at your work?


LIFTED helps you respond to this question by providing a framework for making decisions about what to learn, when and why, based on your particular role in the legal profession.

How can you develop such competence?


LIFTED also connects you with relevant programmes from a range of learning providers drawing from multiple sources.

Finally, LIFTED is integrated with the national SkillsFuture initiative by being the source of Legal Industry job roles and career progression data in the MySkillsFuture Portal so that you can decide how you want to advance your career within the wider employment ecosystem.

LIFTED is a way of being

Being a competent professional requires more than just clocking in the hours and accumulating CPD points. It requires your active pursuit of learning new things in a variety of ways that will develop your whole professional being.

Active Learning Attitude

"The process of learning has an entirely different quality for students in the being mode of relatedness to the world. ... They have thought beforehand about the problems that lectures will be dealing with and have in mind certain questions and problems of their own. ... Instead of being passive receptacles of words and ideas, they listen, they hear, and most important, they receive and respond in an active, productive way." - Erich Fromm (2013)

Learning Domains

LIFTED is based on a holistic conception of the legal learner. Accordingly, competencies across 7 learning domains are identified: Interpersonal, technology, complementary, specialist, legal, ethical and intrapersonal. Crucially, intrapersonal intelligence (which addresses issues of wellbeing) is framed as part of competence rather than something which supports competence. 

Whole Legal Learner






LIFTED is a language

Expand your learning vocabulary, broaden your understanding of relevance, and be an active participant in the continuing education conversation.

Intrapersonal domain

Reflective strategies for building self-awareness to understand professional strengths and limitations; managing work-life challenges to sustain professional wellbeing; best practices for effective work planning;, time and resource management; adapting to change; personal branding etc.

Ethical domain


Capacity to deal with ethically ambiguous situations through the exercise of sound judgment and professional conduct; and opportunities to engage with professional mentors and develop an intra-profession network etc.

Legal domain

Blackletter law; traditional legal skills such as drafting, advocacy, negotiation, alternative dispute resolution, problem identification, evaluation and resolution; regulatory and governance requirements; legal processes, procedures, formalities and precedents etc.

Specialist domain


Niche areas of substantive legal or legal support work by practice area, industry, or technical expertise e.g. family practice, OTC derivatives documentation, building and construction practice, e-discovery and litigation support, corporate secretarial support etc.

Complementary domain

Generic financial literacy; business acumen and development; leadership and management; resource planning; administrative skills and processes; project management; strategic planning; risk management and compliance etc.

Technology domain


The application of technology in areas such as legal and general research, information management, data analytics, practice management, knowledge management, workplace productivity; and technology innovations having an impact on the provision of legal services and access to justice etc.

Interpersonal domain


Written and verbal communication best practices; strategies for working in teams across disciplines and cultures; managing professional relationships and interactions with internal and external parties; familiarity with the jargon and communication formalities of the legal industry; appropriate communication styles for different recipients and contexts etc.



Caters for a range of learner levels to interact with experts, through multiple learning formats, to exchange viewpoints from various perspectives, and advance thought leadership, on a set of related topics or issues across multiple disciplines or subjects.



Caters for one or more experts in a subject to speak on specific issues from their perspective and then invite views of learners on what has been shared.




Caters for a large amount of knowledge to be transmitted from an expert to a large number of learners in a short amount of time with some opportunity to clarify understanding through question and answer at the end.




Caters for skills-focused, highly interactive and experiential learning where the facilitator is a guide rather than expert, to support learners towards finding their own solutions to problems posed and reaching their own conclusions through reflection and critical discussion.




Caters for candid and fully-participative small group discussion and debate of a specific issue or topic, including sharing of best practices. Ideal when all learners are of similar knowledge and skill levels.



Caters for just-in-time or blended learning comprising videos, podcasts, discussion boards and quizzes accessed online.


Want to take control of your own learning and professional development? 

The LIFTED App is here to help you. However, to get most out of the LIFTED App, reflect using these questions together with it. RiSE to the challenge of your professional development:

Review Your Learning Needs







  • Understand  your professional and personal strengths and limitations as you perceive them: what are you good at, what do you need to get better at?


  • Reflect on your professional progression goals: are you undertaking learning to meet immediate CPD requirements or is there a longer-term goal or strategic purpose?


  • Seek feedback from peers and mentors on areas of possible development: what do they perceive as your strengths and limitations, and possibilities for development?


  • Appreciate what your learning preferences are and how to appeal to them and challenge them: do you tend to favour certain types of programmes more than others and is this to your benefit or detriment?


  • Situate past learning experiences and qualifications within your professional development plan so that your future learning can build upon and reinforce your existing capabilities: are you looking to develop baseline skills and knowledge, reinforce existing capabilities, or move into areas of expertise and specialisation?


Select Your Learning Programmes and Formats




  • Prioritise the learning you wish to undertake adopting a balanced approach of meeting short-term needs and long-term goals.
  • Ensure that your priorities support your holistic development of knowledge, skills and other attributes from disciplines and domains within and beyond the law to develop 'T-shaped' competence.
  • Determine your learning budget and time frame - space your learning out so that it is regular and cumulative in its impact on your development.
  • Familiarise yourself with key learning resources such as :
  • Choose from the range of available free and paid, formal and informal, format-appropriate programmes and resources.



Actively participate in the learning you choose to undertake. Then, to facilitate application of learning in the workplace, consolidate and transfer learning by asking and answering the following:

  • What have I learnt?
    Preparing a summary or overview consolidating key learning points at the end of formal learning helps promote retention of learning. Repeating the information or the action is another way of supporting retention of knowledge.

  • So what?
    Organising what was learnt into a unifying 'real-world' context through the use of visual imagery such as diagrams, flowcharts and mind maps helps deepen understanding of what has been learnt and facilitates appreciation of the connections and possibilities for application not realised before.

  • Now what?
    Beyond just retaining learning is the need to be able to apply it and extrapolate from it as actions to meet real-life needs and situations. Reflect on what behaviours, processes and approaches you can change, adopt or implement to give effect to what you have learnt and make a plan to sustain this through a support system of peers and mentors.

LIFTED Learning Planner archive







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If you have any queries about LIFTED, please email Inga at [email protected]