The Council of Legal Education is empowered by Part 4 of the Legal Profession (Admission) Rules 2008 to assess the qualifications of overseas applicants and determine the requirements for applicants to be eligible for admission to practise in Victoria. Two categories of applicants are eligible to apply to have their qualifications assessed:
1. Qualified Overseas Applicants who hold an academic qualification in law (LLB or equivalent).
2. Overseas Practitioners who are admitted and eligible to practise as a legal practitioner in a jurisdiction outside Australia [Rule 4.03].
New Zealand applicants may be eligible to apply for admission in Victoria under the Mutual Recognition Principle.
Uniform Principles for Assessing Overseas Qualifications
The Council applies the Uniform Principles for Assessing Overseas Qualifications(pdf 266KB) (Oct 2012) when assessing applications. Anyone seeking admission to the Legal Profession in Australia on the basis of qualifications obtained outside Australia should study this document carefully. Schedule 2 sets out the additional academic studies which applicants from different countries will usually be required to complete before applying for admission. Schedule 4 gives similar information about Practical Legal Training requirements.
Law Admissions Consultative Committee
The Law Admissions Consultative Committee (LACC) consists of representatives of the Law Admitting Authority in each Australian jurisdiction, the Committee of Australian Law Deans, the Australasian Professional Legal Education Council and the Law Council of Australia. It is generally responsible to the Australian and New Zealand Council of Chief Justices, which appoints the Chairman of the Committee.
LACC's main role is to forge consensus between the bodies represented by its members on matters relating to the academic and Practical Legal Training requirements for admission to the Australian legal profession, the accreditation and appraisal of academic and Practical Legal Training institutions and courses, and other matters related to admission to the Australian legal profession.
Should you wish to become a conveyancer you would need to contact the Business Licensing Authority for further information.
Victorian Consumer & Business Centre
113 Exhibition Street
Melbourne Victoria 3000
Telephone: 1300 135 452
Interpreter services: 13 14 50
Fax: (03) 8684 0600
If you wish to join an association once licensed as a conveyancer, you could contact The Australian Institute of Conveyancers (Victorian Division).
PO Box 466
Telephone: (03) 9876 8221
Facsimile: (03) 9876 8443
Admission as an Australian lawyer to the Supreme Court of Victoria is not a prerequisite to becoming a conveyancer.
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