Documents about present admission policies

LACC Charter

This sets out the membership and functions of the LACC. The Charter is endorsed by the Council of Chief Justices whenever it is amended. 

Background paper on admission requirements

This paper sets out background information about the present requirements for admission to the legal profession in Australia. It considers the development of the Academic Requirements for admission; the development of the Practical Legal Training Requirements; and the development and application of the Uniform Principles for Assessing the Qualifications of Overseas Applicants for Admission.

Model admission rules

These rules reflect the principles generally followed by Admitting Authorities under their respective rules relating to admission. 

The substance of each of the three Schedules has been adopted by, and will be applied in, all Australian jurisdictions. Schedules 1 and 2 respectively set out the Academic and Practical Legal Training Requirements for admission to the legal profession. Schedule 3 sets out common considerations which an Admitting Authority may take into account when assessing qualifications which an applicant has obtained more than five years before applying for admission.

Statement on duration of legal studies

This document sets out a Statement agreed upon by all Australian Admitting Authorities about the minimum duration of academic law courses accredited to prepare applicants for admission to the legal profession.

Uniform principles for assessing qualifications of overseas applicants

Anyone seeking admission to the legal profession in Australia on the basis of qualifications obtained outside Australia should study this document carefully. Schedule 2 sets out the additional academic studies which applicants from different countries will usually be required to complete, before applying for admission. Schedule 3 sets out the Practical Legal Training competencies required of entry-level lawyers. Schedule 4 gives similar information about Practical Legal Training requirements.

English Language Proficiency Guidelines

Most Admitting Authorities have adopted the following LACC English Language Proficiency Guidelines. They provide 6 possible pathways by which applicants can satisfy an Admitting Authority of their competence in English; and in each case explains the information which must be given to the Admitting Authority.

The pathways include completing either the IELTS Academic Module or the TOEFL iBT English Language test and obtaining prescribed levels of writing, speaking, reading and listening for that test.

The NSW Legal Profession Admission Board follows separate guidelines. These do not provide for an applicant to complete the TOEFL iBT test and differ from the LACC English Proficiency Guidelines in several other respects.

Accrediting subjects in overseas courses

This describes a scheme which allows the Dean of law schools in certain countries to apply to have subjects taught by that law school accredited for admission purposes in Australia. Graduates who have completed accredited subjects may be exempt from some additional academic studies which would otherwise be required before applying for admission in Australia.

Prescribed academic areas of knowledge

This sets out the various areas of academic study which someone seeking admission to the legal profession in Australia on the basis of an Australian academic qualification, must have successfully completed before applying for admission.

PLT competency standards for entry-level lawyers

This sets out the various skills, practice areas and values in which a person seeking admission to the legal profession in Australia on the basis of practical legal training undertaken in Australia must have demonstrated understanding and competence, before applying for admission.

Disclosure Guidelines for applicants for admission

Applicants for admission are often uncertain about what matters should be disclosed to an Admitting Authority when applying for admission to the legal profession. At the suggestion of the Council of Australian Law Deans and with the assistance of the various Admitting Authorities, the Council of Chief Justices, the Law Council of Australia and other bodies, LACC has developed and adopted the attached Guidelines to assist applicants.

The attached document refers to the Legal Profession Uniform Law which applies in New South Wales and Victoria from 1 July 2015. Each Admitting Authority may need to make minor adjustments to the attached document accurately to reflect variations in both the legislation and admission arrangements in that jurisdiction. Applicants are therefore advised to consult any version of the attached Guidelines approved by the Admitting Authority in the jurisdiction in which admission is sought.