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

 
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 starting 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