The specified academic qualifications prerequisite is successfully completing a tertiary academic course in Australia which:
i. includes the equivalent of at least 3 years' full-time study of law,
ii. is accredited by the Board, and
iii. the Board determines will provide for a student to acquire and demonstrate appropriate understanding and competence in each element of the academic areas of knowledge set out in Schedule 1, or otherwise determined by the Admissions Committee after consulting each of the Boards.
Persons wishing to be admitted as an Australian lawyer must complete a course of study under Part 2 of the Rules.
The compulsory 'Priestley 11' subjects are:
- Criminal Law and Procedure
- Equity (including Trusts)
- Company Law
- Administrative law
- Federal and State Constitutional law
- Civil Dispute Resolution
- Ethics and Professional Responsibility
In the State of Victoria, eight universities have been approved by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board to provide academic law courses. These institution offer a course of study in either LLB (undergraduate law degree) or postgraduate JD (Juris Doctor) which satisfies the Board's academic requirement for admission.
- The University of Melbourne - JD
- Monash University - LLB & Monash University - JD
- Deakin University - LLB & Deakin University - JD
- La Trobe University - LLB & La Trobe University - JD
- Victoria University - LLB
- RMIT University - JD
- Australian Catholic University - LLB
- Swinburne University of Technology - Dual Award LLB & Leo Cussen Centre for Law
Academic institutions approved by other Australian jurisdictions that provide a course which satisfies the academic requirements for admission in that jurisdiction are also approved academic institutions for the purpose of the Admission Rules.