Admission To Practice

Admission To Practice

Requirements For ADmission

In order to be admitted as a lawyer in Australia, you need to satisfy three requirements:

  1. You’ve completed a law degree or equivalent course
  2. You’ve undertaken a Practical Legal Training program, which results in the award of the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
  3. You’re a fit and proper person

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It’s worth noting the ‘Stale Learning Rule’, which means you have five years after you’ve graduated from law school to complete your PLT, or it won’t be recognised.

 

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Proof of Qualification

To apply for admission you will require a Letter of Completion from The College of Law for your Practical Legal Training. We will automatically send this letter to you as soon as possible after the completion of all three components of your program. Before the letter will be sent, you must complete all the Practical Legal Training course requirements and submit all required forms to the College no later than three weeks before the deadline for your court admission application. Now you’re ready to apply to your local admitting authority.

2. Apply for Admission

To practise law in Australia, you need to apply for admission to your Supreme Court.

Each state and territory in Australia has different requirements and processes for admission. The process usually includes providing evidence of your academic and Practical Legal Training qualifications and disclosing details of any conduct that may reflect on whether you are a fit and proper person. 

Be aware that some state admitting authorities impose specific, additional requirements for admission – in Queensland, the Legal Practitioners Board requires applicants to advertise in local publications of their intent to apply for admission as a lawyer. 

For detailed information on the admission process, please refer to the relevant admitting authority.

Region

Admitting Authority

Court

Australian Capital Territory

Legal Practitioners Admission Board

Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory

New South Wales

Legal Profession Admission Board

Supreme Court of New South Wales

Northern Territory

Legal Practitioners Admission Board

Supreme Court of the Northern Territory

Queensland

Queensland Legal Practitioners Admissions Board (See the Queensland Courts website or the Queensland Law Society website)

Supreme Court of Queensland

South Australia

Legal Practitioners Education and Admission Council (See the Law Society of South Australia website)

Supreme Court of South Australia

Tasmania

Board of Legal Education (See the Law Society of Tasmania website)

Supreme Court of Tasmania

Victoria

Council of Legal Education – Victorian Legal Admissions Board

Supreme Court of Victoria

Western Australia

Legal Practice Board

Supreme Court of Western Australia


Once you have been admitted as a lawyer, you are eligible for admission in other Australian states or territories under the Mutual Recognition Scheme or directly. 

3.  Admission Ceremony

If your application for admission has been successful, you must attend an admission ceremony. 

At the ceremony, you will:

  • take an oath of office or make an affirmation of office
  • sign the Supreme Court Roll
  • receive your Certificate of Admission 


At the ceremony, your admission will need to be ‘moved’ by a person who is:

  • currently on the Supreme Court Roll (whether or not the person holds a current practising certificate), or
  • an Australian legal practitioner, provided he or she holds a current practising certificate.


The College of Law provides assistance to graduates of our Practical Legal Training program in arranging a mover for their ceremony. This is a complimentary service.

If you would like assistance in arranging a mover, please contact the College once you have received confirmation of the date and time of your admission ceremony.

4. Practising Certificate

Before you can practise as a solicitor, in addition to being admitted to the legal profession, you also need to hold a practising certificate.

A practising certificate is basically a licence which allows a solicitor to provide legal services. 

During the first 18-months or 2-years’ of legal practice after your admission, you will have a condition imposed on your practising certificate that you may only practice law under supervision.

Below is a list of the organisations which issue practising certificates in Australia:  

Region

Practising Certificate Issuing Authority

Australian Capital Territory

 ACT Law Society or ACT Bar Association

New South Wales

 The Law Society of New South Wales

Northern Territory

 The Law Society of Northern Territory

Queensland

 Queensland Law Society

South Australia

 The Law Society of South Australia

Tasmania

 The Law Society of Tasmania

Victoria

 The Legal Services Board of Victoria

Western Australia

 The Legal Practice Board of Western Australia 

Once you have obtained a practicing certificate in one Australian state or territory, you are able to practice local law in any other Australian state or territory without needing to apply for an additional practising certificate.

Professional Development

You need to undertake CPD (Continuing Professional Development) or MCLE (Mandatory Continuing Legal Education) to keep your practising certificate. The rules vary between the states and territories. For example in NSW, you need to complete at least 10 hours of MCLE to keep your practicing certificate