Once a person has completed an approved academic course, which includes all 11 Priestley subjects he and she must complete practical legal training.
The specified practical legal training prerequisite is acquiring and demonstrating an appropriate understanding and competence in each element of the skills, values and practice areas:
- set out in Schedule 2, or
- otherwise determined by the Admissions Committee after consulting each of the Boards.
The requirement may be satisfied by successfully completing either:
- a practical legal training course conducted by a practical legal training provider accredited by the Board, or
- supervised legal training in a workplace for a period of not less than 12 months, under a training plan approved by the Board, which the Board determines adequately provides for the trainee to satisfy the requirements of the Rules.
Supervised legal training is a minimum12-month period of supervised training under an eligible supervisor during which the trainee must acquire an appropriate understanding of and competence in each elements of the skills, values and practice areas set out in Schedule 2 of the Rules.
You should read the Guide for Applicants Supervised Legal Training in full before you start your traineeship.
Many competencies can be completed within supervised legal training but Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Lawyer's Skills and the Risk Management element of Work Management and Business Skills must be completed through an approved practical legal training provider or another provider approved by the Board. An employer may seek approval to provide training in these areas and that approval will be ongoing. See Approval as a training provider.
Some employers may not be able to adequately provide training in any of the optional areas. In this case, an employer may apply to the Board for approval to provide training in an alternative optional practice area. Once an employer has been approved to provide training in an alternative optional practice area that approval will be ongoing. See Approval to provide training in an alternative optional practice area
The trainee must also file a statutory declaration seeking dispensation to allow variation to Rule 27(b) to undertake a course of instruction in an alternative optional practice area. See Dispensation for variation to alternative optional practice area
It is not possible to commence supervised legal training until the academic qualification set out in Rule 5 (1) has been completed. It is, however, possible to commence supervised legal training prior to graduation but it is necessary to graduate prior to applying for admission.
Within one month of commencing supervised legal training, the following documents must be submitted to the Board for approval:
1. Employer's statutory declaration
2. Supervised legal training plan.
3. Evidence that you have obtained the academic qualifications set out in Rule 5(1). You must arrange for an academic transcript
to be sent directly to the Board by the educational institution.
A workbook must be maintained which records the trainee's completion of each task which demonstrates competence in each element of the skills, values and practice areas. At the conclusion of the traineeship, the supervisor should check off the entries in the file against the required competencies to ensure that each element in the skills, values and practice areas have been completed. See Workbook
At the time of filing final documents, supervised legal trainees must produce a workbook or a record of completion of tasks which demonstrate competency in each element of the training plan.
A person may not be the supervisor of more than one trainee at the same time without the prior approval of the Board. See Approval to supervise more than one trainee
For those who have commenced the process of a supervised workplace traineeship under the 2008 Rules prior to 1 July 2015, will be required to continue to rely on the SLT provisions of the 2008 Rules. This will entail providing a Schedule 6 and Schedule 7 under the 2008 along with the Application for a Compliance Certificate..