Admission to the Australian Legal Profession – Links to Information

I have noticed a large number of visitors to this blog are searching for information about admission to the legal profession in Australia. What follows is general information, and is not supplied as legal advice. I am unable to provide legal advice regarding these matters.

Below you will find an interactive Google Map with links to the state and territory Supreme Courts and web pages relevant to admissions.

Some very general observations (check with your court for specific requirements):

These days the courts have gone to some trouble to provide detailed information about admission procedures, forms, movers, and disclosure matters (which is a great change since I was admitted). Do take time to read the material carefully and take notice of time limits. Each jurisdiction has its own rules and conventions, so take care.

In general, you must provide evidence that you have the necessary academic qualifications, and have satisfactorily completed practical legal training.

Examples of documents you might be required to prepare are: notice of intention to apply for admission, application, affidavit in support, character affidavits, and affidavit of disclosures. Take care to observe court rules about annexures or exhibits to affidavits, including requirements regarding annexure sheets or exhibit certificates. Note that you will need an authorised witness to swear or affirm your affidavits.

The courts have very strict rules about disclosure requirements, so if you have matters to disclose, seek legal advice. The failure to observe the candour requirement has serious consequences (see, for example, Re OG). Careful attention needs to be paid to the affidavit of disclosure.

You will be required to lodge your documents, and pay the relevant fees in your jurisdiction (this can include library fees).

You will need an Australian lawyer to “move” your admission (not necessarily a barrister). Check your court’s requirements regarding movers – some courts post information for movers on their websites.

All going well, you will be given a court date for your admission. You appear at court with your mover. After your mover has moved your admission, you will be asked to swear or affirm an oath as an officer of the court. Later, you will sign the court roll and receive your certificate of admission. Then you go and celebrate with your family and friends!

After your admission, you will be required to apply for and obtain a practising certificate, before you can provide legal services. Good luck!

Click on the marker in your jurisdiction to link to the relevant websites.

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