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The Victorian Legal Admissions Board is a statutory body which performs functions associated with the admission of lawyers in Victoria in accordance with the Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Act 2014 (External link).

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ADMISSIONS

The admission calendar for January 2021 - March 2021 is available (External link).

NOTICE OF APPLICANTS ISSUED A COMPLIANCE CERTIFICATE

A list of applicants issued with a compliance certificate dated 16 November 2020 is available.

FEES

If you wish to pay using PayPal Guest checkout, you can only do so if you have not previously used the same email and/or payment card with PayPal.  If you have used PayPal before, you will need to checkout with your PayPal registered details.  You will otherwise receive one of several errors due to identity verification regulations.  Please note that these are AUSTRAC regulations & applicable for all Australian transactions (https://www.austrac.gov.au/ (External link)).

OVERSEAS ENQUIRIES

For any enquiry relating to overseas enquiries please send an email to overseas@justice.vic.gov.au (External link)

CHARACTER STATEMENTS

During the COVID-19 pandemic, pursuant to Rule 27 of the Legal Profession Uniform Admission Rules 2015, the Victorian Legal Admissions Board has dispensed with the requirement that statements as to character must be provided by way of statutory declaration. Statements as to character which contain precise wording are provided.   Each form is editable, please ensure you use the correct form. Statements as to character can now be signed in the presence of a witness who is aged over 18 years. The statements are available here (External link).

ADMISSION CEREMONIES

Process for admission to practise

The Supreme Court of Victoria has indefinitely adjourned all in-person applications for admission to the Australian legal profession.  This means that the Court will not hold admission ceremonies for the foreseeable future.  The Court has taken this step after consideration of expert health and government advice about COVID‑19.

We and the Court understand the importance of continuing to admit new lawyers to practise.  As such, we developed a process to allow admissions to occur ‘on the papers’ while admission ceremonies are adjourned.  This process is available to people who have been granted a compliance certificate but who have not yet been admitted to practise as Australian lawyers.  Further information on how to file an affidavit for admission will be provided with your compliance certificate.

NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
 

Following the recent developments in Victoria’s Coronavirus response, we have decided to close our office until further notice.

Although the office may be closed, our work associated with the admission of lawyers in Victoria in continues.  All staff will be working remotely whilst being available through email.

All documents relating to admission should be scanned and sent as certified copies via email to vlabdocuments@justice.vic.gov.au (External link).  No mail will be accepted during the period of closure. 

These are unprecedented and challenging times, and we very much appreciate your understanding in an endeavour to assist in minimising the risk to our stakeholders and staff.

To help combat the spread of COVID-19 and to keep up to date with the latest developments, visit the Victorian Government’s coronavirus website www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au (External link)

For those people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/translations (External link)

Follow the Victorian Legal Admissions Board on Twitter for news and announcements! @VicLegalAdmin (External link)

For all applications it is essential that you enter your name in the contact details correctly. The name that you enter will be as it appears on your compliance certificate and admissions order.  This extends to the order of your name.  If you omit a middle name then it will not be shown.  Do not enter your name or any fields in the portal in CAPS.  You can return to the portal and amend your name up until you print off the statutory declaration.  If you wish your surname to be shown first, then enter this in the first name field. The name on your application  MUST be reflected in the ID that you use to identify yourself to the Board.

Next admission
Banco Court (Court 1)
Supreme Court of Victoria
210 William Street, Melbourne