The Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Act 2014 (the Act), The Legal Profession Uniform Law (the Law) and The Legal Profession Uniform Admission Rules 2015 (the Admission Rules) came into operation on 1 July 2015.
The Admission Rules specify the academic qualifications and practical legal training prerequisite for admission, the accrediting and reaccrediting of law courses and providers of practical legal training and the procedural requirements for admission to the legal profession.
Under an Instrument of Delegation the Victorian Legal Admissions Board (VLAB) established the Victorian Legal Admissions Committee (VLAC) to assess applicants for admission in Victoria and to grant Compliance Certificates under s19 of the Uniform Law and grant declarations of early assessment and suitability.
The next Admission Ceremony will be held in the Banco Court (Court 1), Supreme Court of Victoria, 210 William Street, Melbourne on Tuesday 19 July 2016. Floor plan of the Supreme Court.
All applications for admission will be received in accordance with the Legal Profession Uniform Admission Rules 2015. See Admissions Process for information on how to apply.
Court Attire for Movers
Judges of the Supreme Court of Victoria will cease to wear wigs in all matters, trial and appellate as of 1 May 2016.
In all admission ceremonies practitioners moving admission are not to wear wigs.
However, practitioners moving admissions must be appropriately robed in gown, bar jacket and jabot.
The 2016 admission calendar is available. See admission calendar for details.
Police Reports from foreign jurisdictions are no longer required when lodging an Application for a Compliance Certificate. If you have ever lived in a foreign jurisdiction for more than two years over the age of 18 years, you must list the dates and country of residence. If the Board considers it appropriate to obtain a foreign report on an applicant’s criminal history, it will request a police report at a later time.
After filing your Application for a Compliance Certificate you should pay your fees online. See fees page for further details. However, booking yourself into an admission ceremony will be the last step in the process and will occur once an application is fully completed. This includes assessment of suitability, receipt of all relevant documents and payment of fees. An email will be sent to all applicants once their file is complete with information on how to book into a ceremony. All bookings for a ceremony will be accepted no later than one month prior to the ceremony date, at which time bookings will close, if not booked out prior.
VLAB has released a policy on concurrent study
All applications for a compliance certificate must be typed. Any applications received that are not typed will returned.
The web stream of the admission ceremony of 21 June 2016 is available.
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.