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Becoming a solicitor in NSW

Becoming a solicitor in New South Wales begins with meeting the eligibility requirements for admission to the Australian legal profession as an Australian lawyer, as detailed in Chapter 2, Part 2.2 of the Legal Profession Uniform Law (NSW).

In New South Wales, the Supreme Court of New South Wales may admit an individual aged 18 years or over to the Australian legal profession as an Australian lawyer provided the Court has been issued with a compliance certificate in respect of the individual, by the Legal Profession Admission Board, and the certificate is still in force. 

The prerequisites for the issue of a compliance certificate in respect of a person are that he or she has attained the academic qualifications specified under the Legal Profession Uniform Admission Rules 2015, has satisfactorily completed the practical legal training requirements specified in the Legal Profession Uniform Admission Rules 2015 and is a fit and proper person to be admitted to the Australian legal profession.

In considering whether a person is fit and proper person to be admitted to the Australian legal profession the Legal Profession Admission Board may have regard to any matter relevant to the person's eligibility or suitability for admission, however the matter comes to its attention, and any matter specified in the Legal Profession Uniform Admission Rules 2015.

The admission process in New South Wales is administered by the Legal Profession Admission Board. Upon gaining admission as an Australian lawyer in New South Wales or another Australian jurisdiction, a person is then eligible to apply for an Australian practising certificate as a solicitor to the Council of The Law Society of New South Wales.
 

More information about prerequisites

Information on accredited law courses, including the Legal Profession Admission Board's Diploma in Law course, and on accredited practical legal training providers in New South Wales can be found on the Legal Profession Admission Board website.

Further information on admission, including information for interstate and overseas applicants, can be found here.

 

 

CONTACT

  • Law Society Registry
  • Level 5, 170 Phillip Street
  • Sydney NSW 2000
  • DX 362 Sydney
  • T: (02) 9926 0156
  • F: (02) 9926 0257
  • E: registry@lawsociety.com.au