The Council of Legal Education and the Board of Examiners jointly regulate entry to the Legal Profession in Victoria.
The role of the Council is to determine the requirements for admission, approve law courses and practical legal training providers and assess the qualifications of overseas practitioners.
The Board determines the eligibility of individual applicants for admission and provides the certificate upon which the Supreme Court relies when admitting an applicant to the legal profession as an Australian Lawyer and as an Officer of the Court.
The National Practical Legal Training (PLT) Competency Standards for Entry-Level Lawyers has been revised by the Law Admissions Consultative Committee (LACC) effective 1 January 2015. See Competency Standards (PDF 200KB).
An applicant may commence PLT when completing an academic qualification and having no more than two subjects to complete - neither of which can be Priestley 11 subjects. An applicant must be enrolled in the two elective subjects while undertaking the PLT course and have received prior permission of the Board of Examiners to commence the PLT Course.
An applicant may commence SWT only after the applicant has completed a full academic qualification in law leading to admission to the legal profession.
The admission requirements in Victoria are set out in the Legal Profession (Admission) Rules 2008 and an applicant wishing the undertake a PLT course concurrenelty with an academic qualification in law must seek dispensation from Rule 3.01(2)(a) prior to commencing a PLT course. The Board of Examiners also requires proof of completion of the academic requirements (11 Priestley subjects) and confirmation that no more than two academic subjects remain outstanding to complete the academic qualification.
The next Admission Ceremony will be held in the Banco Court (Court 1), Supreme Court of Victoria, 210 William Street, Melbourne on Tuesday 11 November 2014. Floor plan (PDF 491KB) of the Supreme Court.
The admission list for the November ceremony will be available early November.
The fees for the November ceremony are available. November Fee Letter (PDF 99KB).
Applicants and their guests must be seated in the courtroom no later than thirty minutes prior to the time fixed for the Admission Ceremony.
When the admission fee dates open and you have paid your second fee at the Supreme Court Library, you will be provided with a copy of your Board Certificate. Attached to this will be two tickets for your guests to attend the admission ceremony. Tickets must be produced in order to gain entry into the court. The applicant and their mover do not require a ticket to gain entry to the court.
Applicant’s clothing should be appropriate to the formality of a Supreme Court hearing. Therefore, professional attire is required. Male applicants must wear a jacket and tie. Female applicants must wear a jacket. Practitioners moving admissions must be appropriately robed in wig, gown, bar jacket and jabot.
Admission Ceremony dates and times are subject to change.
A limitation has been placed on the number of applicants admitted to each sitting and once the maximum number of applicants has been reached, the sittings will be closed and applicants will need to apply for a subsequent date. To avoid disappointment you should file your notice of intention when applications open.
Notice of intentions for the 17 February 2015 ceremony open on 13 October and close on 14 November unless quota is reached. Final filing date for the November ceremony are closed. The final filing date for the 9 December ceremony close on 18 November. See 2015 Admission Dates (PDF 22 KB).
The web stream of the admission ceremony of 14 October 2014 is now available.
Applicants who fail to file their final documents and pay fees by the due date will be removed from admission and must file a new Notice of Intention to apply for admission.
Applicants wishing to be together in the same ceremony or a preference for a particular time of the day for their admission ceremony may write to the Board by the cut-off date for the Notice of Intention.
As part of the admissions process, all applicant's names will be published in The Age newspaper approximately one week prior to the admission date.
The Law Admissions Consultative Committee (LACC) has released a policy that requires admitting authorities to advise all applicants that rely upon a qualification that is more than five years old to seek an assessment. If this relates to your application for admission, you are required to provide your transcript and an affidavit setting out employment or further study undertaken since completing your degree, in particular any experience in a law related field.
SWT Workbook (DOC 625KB) is available. All trainees must produce their workbooks at the time of filing final documents.
All documents provided by you to the Board as part of your admission are subject to the Freedom of Information Act (Vic) 1982. As such, we strongly recommend that you take photocopies of ALL of your documents as under the Act we may not be able to provide copies back to you.
Collection of Your Personal Information
The personal information we collect from documents provided by you to the Board as part of your admission which include personal information such as name, address and date of birth, will only be used for the purpose you have provided it, or for other purposes consistent with the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic).
Use and Disclosure
The Board may share personal information with The Legal Services Board and the Law Institute of Victoria for the purpose of functions performed under the Legal Profession Act (Vic) 2004 and personal information may also be used for a secondary purpose directly related to the primary purpose of collection.