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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.

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