About us


About The Learned Crew (TLC)

We are an Australian-based legal training business that aims to prepare the next generation of lawyers for the real world of law, and help to bridge the gap between the legal theory taught at law school and the practical skills required by lawyers in our ever-changing legal profession.

We provide:

  • online courses;

  • practical skills workshops;

  • tailored training and development programs for law firms and in-house legal teams; and

  • consulting to law schools on legal education and training,

all with a focus on active learning techniques and real-world simulation. You can read more about our teaching philosophy here.

We also offer one-on-one support and career mentoring to law students and young lawyers, e-books and a free blog.

We are your learned friends and colleagues throughout it all.

We would love to hear from you! Contact us here.

About the founder

I am so passionate about this. Coming from a family of teachers, this is the stuff I love and I feel I was born to do. This wonderful legal profession of ours has allowed me to accumulate a rare combination of legal experiences across almost every type of legal career. I have learned from the best advocates and judges in the country as a Federal Court Judge’s Associate, advised on commercial and IP matters at a top tier law firm, represented asylum seekers in a challenging legal environment at a community legal centre, and broadened my legal and business skills base at my current role as in-house Legal Counsel at an ASX top 100 listed company. I’ve developed a practice spanning from corporate & commercial law, to IP, competition & consumer law, dispute resolution and pretty much everything in between.

In 2016 I was awarded the Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 Corporate Counsel award, and was a finalist in the 2016 In-House Team of the Year Awards and 2018 Women in Law Awards. In 2019 I was recognised on the Legal 500 Rising Stars List. I am a life-long learner, and love new challenges! In 2019 I completed Harvard University’s Higher Education Certificate, which has further fuelled my passion for education.

I balance my career with my other passions and creative outlets. I am a trained dancer, and have studied at Sydney Dance Company and Broadway Dance Centre in New York City. I grew up in Newcastle and I am an avid traveller, gym junkie and wine-lover.

I can’t wait to help you.

Jessie Porteus

Founder, The Learned Crew