Redrafting the Academic Requirements for Admission
In 2015-16, LACC undertook a limited review of the Academic Requirements for Admission which resulted in changes to the descriptions of two prescribed areas of knowledge. More recently, consideration of the Productivity Commission's 2014 Report on Access to Justice Arrangements and PhillipsKPA's report Professional Accreditation –Mapping the Territory led LACC to re-examine the way in which the 11 prescribed areas of knowledge are expressed, in order to take account of –
(a) supplementary Threshold Learning Outcomes (TLOs) for law courses that have, since 2010, been successively endorsed and applied by the Council of Australian Law Deans (CALD), all Australian law schools and the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA); and
(b) a more general move to express academic requirements in terms of "outcomes".
LACC has been greatly assisted in the project by a team of 25 legal teachers and scholars. A report endorsed by LACC and setting out their suggestions for revised descriptions for each prescribed area of knowledge, has subsequently received support from Admitting Authorities, CALD and the Australasian Professional Legal Education Council (APLEC).
LACC has thus resolved to seek public comment on the draft descriptions and any suggestions for their improvement.
Call for submissions
When the time for submissions closed on 30 September 2019, the following 15 submissions had been received.
1. NSW Legal Profession Admission Board - view here.
2. Joshua Krook - view here.
3. Law Society of South Australia - view here.
4. The University of Western Australia - view here.
5. Lauren Stinson - view here.
6. Legal Education Associate Deans' Network - view here.
7. Monash Faculty of Law - view here.
8. Melbourne Law School - view here.
9. Northern Territory Law Society - view here.
10. Business Council of Cooperative and Mutuals - view here.
11. Law Firms Australia - view here.
12. Law Society of New South Wales - view here.
13. New South Wales Young Lawyers - view here.
14. Queensland Law Society - view here.
15. Law Institute of Victoria - view here.
Steering Committee Report
The Steering Committee reviewed each of the submissions received and referred suggestions for improvement of the descriptions of each area of knowledge to those who had drafted it. The Steering Committee’s Report to LACC, dated 8 October 2019, can be viewed here.
Comments received from the NSW Legal Profession Admission Board on 9 October 2019 can be viewed here.
A response to the comments of the NSW Legal Profession Admission Board can be viewed here.
Prescribed areas of knowledge
At its meeting on 18 0ctober 2019, LACC received the Report of the Steering Committee and adopted its recommendations. The revised Prescribed Areas of Knowledge, which will take effect on 1 January 2021, can be viewed here.