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Starting Your Practical Legal Training Early

Starting Your Practical Legal Training Early

WHEN CAN I START PRACTICAL LEGAL TRAINING?

Your Practical Legal Training is usually undertaken at the end of your academic studies.

However, as of 1 January 2015 it is possible to start earlier if you have completed all Priestley 11 core subjects of your law degree – with no more than two electives remaining.

To start your Practical Legal Training early, you will need to seek approval from the admitting authority in the state you wish to be admitted to practise. Rules and processes relating to early starts vary by state.

RULES AND PROCESSES

ACT

Except in exceptional circumstances, you cannot start your Practical Legal Training in the Australian Capital Territory until you have completed the Academic Requirements for Admission.

Please contact the Legal Profession Admission Board ACT on (02) 6207 1219 for further information.

You will have to provide evidence of your law qualification or early commencement letter from the admitting authority by the Practical Legal Training course census date.

NSW

In New South Wales, it is possible to start early if you have:

  • Completed all Priestley 11 core subjects of your law degree and have no more than two electives remaining in your law degree, double degree or equivalent qualification
  • Are currently enrolled in your remaining subject(s) while you are undertaking the PLT
  • Applied for and received the permission of the Legal Profession Admission Board ACT before the census date of the PLT course

To start your Practical Legal Training early, you will need to complete the 'Application for early commencement of PLT' form and provide the following documentation to the LPAB:

  • An original letter from the Dean of your Law School which verifies:
    • Your completion of the Priestley 11 core subjects
  • Your current enrolment in the last two subjects of the qualification, neither of which is a Priestley 11 core subject
  • Fee payment or confirmation of online fee payment

You will have to provide evidence of your law qualification or early commencement letter from the admitting authority by the course census date.

QLD

In Queensland, it may be possible to start earlier if you have completed all Priestley 11 core subjects of your law degree and have no more than two electives remaining in your law degree, double degree or equivalent qualification.

To seek approval, please complete the online enrolment form for the Practical Legal Training course you would like to undertake. Once this has been received, The College of Law will email you and the Queensland Law Society a conditional offer of enrolment. After you have received your conditional offer of enrolment, please contact the Queensland Law Society on 1300 367 757 to complete the process.

SA

In South Australia, it is possible to start earlier if you have:

  • Completed all Priestley 11 core subjects of your law degree and have no more than two electives remaining in your law degree or double degree
  • Are currently enrolled in the relevant academic subject(s) while you are undertaking the PLT, and
  • Applied for and received the permission of the Board of Examiners (BOE) before the census date of the PLT course.

To start your Practical Legal Training early, you will need to provide to the BOE:

  • A covering letter stating that authorisation is being sought pursuant to Clause 3.2(a)(ii) of the Law Admissions Consultative Committee’s Practical Legal Training Competency Standards for Entry Level Lawyers.
  • A statutory declaration which:
    • States the year you started your degree:
    • Attaches a certified copy of an academic record
    • Advises of the subject/s you will be studying while undertaking your PLT, the start date, end date, contact hours and methods of assessment
    • Confirms that the last subject/s are not a Priestley 11 core subject
    • Provides the start date and end date of the College PLT program you will be undertaking

You will have to provide evidence of your law qualification or early commencement letter from the admitting authority by the Practical Legal Training course census date.

VIC

In Victoria, it is possible to start early if you have:

  • Completed all Priestley 11 core subjects of your law degree and have no more than two electives remaining in your law degree or double degree
  • Are currently enrolled in the remaining subject(s) while you are undertaking the PLT
  • Applied for and received the prior permission of the Victorian Legal Admissions Board (VLAB) to starting the PLT course

Approval should be sought from VLAB a minimum of one month prior to your PLT start date. To start your Practical Legal Training early, apply online with proof of:

  • Your completion of the Priestley 11 core subjects, and
  • Your current enrolment in the last two subjects of the qualification, neither of which is a Priestley 11 core subject

 

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You will have to provide evidence of your law qualification or early commencement letter from the admitting authority before the Practical Legal Training course start date to commence the program.

WA

In Perth, it is possible to start earlier if you:

  • Have completed all Priestley 11 core subjects of your law degree and have no more than two electives remaining in your law degree or double degree
  • Are currently enrolled in the relevant academic subject(s) while you are undertaking the PLT
  • Applied for and received the prior permission of the Legal Practice Board of Western Australia (LPBWA) to starting the PLT course

If you would like to start your Practical Legal Training early, you will need to provide the LPBWA with:

Signed Statutory Declaration

Must include:

  • The name of the university and degree you are enrolled in
  • Confirmation you have successfully completed all your Priestley 11 core subjects
  • Confirmation of your current enrolment in the last two subjects of your degree and the expected completion date of the subjects
  • The name, course code, start date and end date of the College Practical Legal Training program you intend to complete

The original signed statutory declaration must be posted to the LPBWA.

Academic Transcript

You will also need to arrange for your law school to email or post an academic transcript of your studies completed to date, directly to the LPBWA. An original academic transcript will be accepted by the LPABWA, but a transcript directly from the law school is preferred.

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You will have to provide evidence of your law qualification or early commencement letter from the admitting authority before the Practical Legal Training course start date to commence enrolment.

NT

In the Northern Territory, it is possible to start early if you have:

  • Completed all Priestley 11 core subjects of your law degree and have no more than two electives remaining in your law degree or double degree
  • Are currently enrolled in the remaining subject(s) while you are undertaking the PLT
  • Applied for and received the prior permission of the Legal Practitioners Admission Board to starting the PLT course

To start your Practical Legal Training early, you will need to set out the circumstances in a letter to the NT LPAB. The NT LPAB requires proof of:

  • Your completion of the Priestley 11 core subjects, and
  • Your current enrolment in the last two subjects of the qualification, neither of which is a Priestley 11 core subject


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You will have to provide evidence of your law qualification or early commencement letter from the admitting authority before the Practical Legal Training course start date to commence the program.

TAS

In Tasmania, it is possible to start early if you have:

  • Completed all Priestley 11 core subjects of your law degree and have no more than two electives remaining in your law degree or double degree
  • Are currently enrolled in the remaining subject(s) while you are undertaking the PLT
  • Applied for and received the prior permission of the Board of Legal Education to starting the PLT course

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