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Practising interstate or internationally

The UNSW JD and LLB degrees are accredited by the Legal Profession Admission Board (LPAB) and satisfy the academic component for admission to practice as a solicitor and barrister of the Supreme Court of NSW.

Once you have graduated with an LLB or JD degree, you are able to use it to seek admission to the legal profession. In NSW, admission is sought through the Legal Profession Admission Board after completing an accredited program of practical legal training.

Practice in other States of Australia – Interstate Mobility
Under the National Practising Certificate scheme, legal practitioners with a current practising certificate in NSW may also practise in other Australian States and Territories. Please refer to the relevant admitting body in the State or Country where you intend to work as the requirements for admission to legal practice are complex.

Australian Capital Territory
Legal Practitioners Admission Board
ACT Supreme Court
www.courts.act.gov.au/supreme

New South Wales
Legal Profession Admission Board
www.lawlink.nsw.gov.au/lpab

Northern Territory
Legal Practitioners Admission Board
Supreme Court of the Northern Territory
www.supremecourt.nt.gov.au

Queensland
Legal Practitioners Admissions Board
c/- Queensland Law Society
www.qls.com.au

South Australia
Legal Practitioners Registry
c/- The Law Society of South Australia
www.lawsocietysa.asn.au

Tasmania
Supreme Court of Tasmania
www.supremecourt.tas.gov.au/practice_and_procedure

Victoria
Council of Legal Education and the Board of Examiners
www.lawadmissions.vic.gov.au

Western Australia
Legal Practice Board of Western Australia
www.lpbwa.org.au

 

Working internationally

As in Australia, to practice Law in other countries you must satisfy the academic and accreditation criteria in the particular jurisdiction. Always refer to the relevant authority or admitting body in that country or state.

Canada
Federation of Law Societies of Canada

England & Wales
The Law Society of England and Wales
Solicitors Regulation Authority

Hong Kong
Law Society of Hong Kong

India
The Bar Council of India – List of Approved Foreign Universities

Malaysia
Malaysian Bar – List of Approved Universities

New Zealand
New Zealand Law Society

Singapore
Singapore Institute of Legal Education
Ministry of Law – List of Approved Universities
UNSW Faculty of Law is recognised as an 'Approved University' by the Singapore Ministry of Law however the UNSW Law dual degree and the UNSW Juris Doctor (JD) degree have not been recognised. Students intending to study the UNSW Law dual degree or the UNSW JD and wishing to practise Law in Singapore should refer to the Ministry of Law website and the Appeal for Exemption information listed.  

Legal Profession Act (Chapter 161) - Appeal for Exemption
(h) If your law degree was or will be part of a dual or combined degree, please provide a letter from your university listing the required subjects (including electives) of the dual or combined law degree you undertook or will be undertaking and that of the single law degree.

(i) If you have obtained or intend to embark upon a Juris Doctor degree at an approved Australian university, please provide a letter from your university listing the required law subjects (including electives) of the Juris Doctor degree you undertook or will be undertaking and that of the Bachelor of Laws degree.

United States
American Bar Association
ABA Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements
Eligibility for admission to practice in the United States varies from State to State. Refer to the American Bar Association website and in particular the ABA Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements for a State by State guide to eligibility for foreign educated law graduates to sit for the relevant bar exam.