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Becoming a Lawyer

Becoming a Lawyer


Just completed your law degree? Congratulations. This means you’re almost ready to launch your legal career and start practising. 
To become a lawyer in Australia, you must satisfy three requirements:  
  1. You’ve completed your Bachelor of Laws or equivalent course
  2. You’ve completed a Practical Legal Training (PLT) program, which awards you a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice 
  3. You’re a fit and proper person 

Below is everything you need to know about ticking these all-important boxes.

1. law degree

Completing your law degree – either a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or Juris Doctor (JD) – is the first thing you’ll need to become a lawyer.  

To earn this qualification, you’ll need to complete a number of key areas. These are known as the ‘Priestley 11’:  

  • Administrative law
  • Civil Procedure
  • Company Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law and Procedures
  • Equity (including Trusts)
  • Evidence
  • Professional Conduct (including Basic Trust Accounting)
  • Property, both Real (including Torrens System Land) and Personal
  • Torts
Depending on where you study, you may also have to complete compulsory subjects and several electives.

2. Practical Legal Training

Once you’ve achieved your law degree, you need to complete a PLT program before entering practice. Here’s why. 
Your law degree gives you a theoretical understanding of the law – which is only part of the criteria for admission to legal practice, set by the Law Admissions Consultative Committee (LACC). 
Your PLT makes up the second piece of the puzzle. It equips you with the practical skills you’ll need to excel in real-world legal environments. 
How long does it take to complete your PLT?  
You can choose to study full-time (15 weeks) or part-time (30 weeks). 


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Practical Legal Training

Learn more about how our Practical Legal Training including, when you can start, study modes, locations and fees and payments.

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Work Experience

Apply your practical skills in a real-world environment. Learn more about your options, the rules, advanced standing and approval process.

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Apply via our online application form that will take less than 15 minutes to complete.

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3. Fit and Proper person

Once you’ve completed your Practical Legal Training, you can then apply for admission as a lawyer.
You must demonstrate to the admitting authority that you are a fit and proper person to be admitted to the Australian legal profession. In short, this is an issue of ethics – ensuring legal professionals charged with interpreting, arguing and in some cases, drafting the law, are of good moral character. 
To satisfy this requirement, you’ll need to disclose any criminal, academic or general misconduct that may be relevant.  
That said, this is a broad requirement, so be sure to check the rules imposed by your state’s admitting authority. 


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If your application for admission has been successful (yay!) you can attend an admission ceremony. You will get to sign the Roll, make an Oath and collect your Certificate of Admission.

Once you have signed the Roll, you are a lawyer.