Qualifications for Admission
You can learn more about how the Council will assess your academic qualifications and practical legal training from the Uniform Principles for Assessing the Qualifications of Overseas Applicants for Admission to the Australian Legal Profession (Uniform Principles) Oct 2012 (pdf 266KB)
You must have acquired a tertiary qualification in law which normally leads to admission to legal practice in your home jurisdiction and is substantially equivalent in type and content to a three-year full-time course that leads to admission to the legal profession in Australia.
Explanation of courses that are “substantially equivalent” and what areas of study must have been completed during that course are found in Items 2 and 3 and Schedule 1 of the Uniform Principles.
Please be aware that the Council will almost invariably direct a qualified overseas applicant to undertake further academic study in Australia before applying for admission.
In many cases, applicants will be required to undertake further studies in Australia in each of the areas mentioned in item 3 and Schedule 1 of the Uniform Principles. In almost all cases, applicants will be required to study Federal and State Constitutional Law and Administrative Law. Nearly all of those applicants will also be required to study Property.
The additional academic studies commonly required of applicants from different countries are set out in Schedule 2 of the Uniform Principles.
Practical Legal Training
You must also have acquired and demonstrated an appropriate understanding of, and competence in, certain skills, practice areas and values required of all who apply for admission in Victoria. These Competency Standards for Entry-Level Lawyers are set out in item 4 and Schedule 3 of the Uniform Principles.
Although you are fully-qualified, as you have not yet been admitted to legal practice in your home jurisdiction (and been in active practice for more than two years) you will be required to acquire and demonstrate in Australia an appropriate understanding of, and competence in, each of the Competency Standards for Entry-Level Lawyers, in the same way as an Australian applicant.
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