Admission to Legal Practice in Australia
Bond's Bachelor of Laws and Juris Doctor degrees are, via mutual recognition, approved degrees for purposes of admission to practise as a legal practitioner in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory.
Students should be aware that admission authorities may require disclosure of any instance of plagiarism, and may impose sanctions as a result.
The following information is a guide only and should not be relied upon. Students should confirm admission requirements with the appropriate body. Further information is also available from the Law Admissions Consultative Committee.
Students are encouraged to speak to their Program Advisor to request any supporting documents they are required to submit when applying for admission.
Bond University's Professional Legal Training course began in 1996. Completion of this course and its practical experience program will satisfy the requirements of the practical component for admission in Queensland and New South Wales. Mutual recognition provisions will enable students to gain admission in any other State or Territory in Australia.
The Legal Profession Act (2004) made a significant change to the legal profession in Queensland.
In a move away from the traditional division of solicitors and barristers, a law graduate with an LLB or JD completes either a Professional Legal Training course or a one year traineeship to be admitted as a Legal Practitioner. Once a practitioner has been admitted onto the Roll of Legal Practitioners, they must apply for a practising certificate from the Queensland Law Society to practise as a solicitor, or undertake further qualifications through the Bar Association of Queensland to practise as a barrister.
New South Wales
A law graduate must complete one of the practical training courses recognised by the Legal Practitioners Admission Board. Bond University offers a Practical Legal Training course which is recognised by the Board.
A law graduate must complete either a period of twelve months as a clerk under articles or a course of practical training. Further information is available on the Law Institute of Victoria site.
Website: Law Institute of Victoria
Law students intending to seek admission in WA should take Legal Drafting & Conveyancing as one of their electives. Law graduates must complete a period of twelve months as a clerk under articles before gaining admission.
Website: WA Legal Practioners' Board
A law graduate must complete the Graduate Certificate in Legal Practice and a practical legal training program to qualify for admission.
Website: SA Law Society
A law graduate must either complete the six month Legal Practice Course followed by twelve months articles of apprenticeship or complete two years articles of clerkship.
Website: Tasmanian Law Society
Australian Capital Territory
A law graduate must complete the five month Legal Workshop course to qualify for admission.
Website: Admission in the ACT
A law graduate must complete a period of twelve months as a clerk under articles before gaining admission.
Website: NT Law Society