The UNSW Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Juris Doctor (JD) degrees both satisfy the academic requirements for admission to practice as a lawyer. However, there is a second essential step to being admitted as a lawyer – you will need to complete practical legal training (PLT).
Completion of an approved program of PLT is a requirement of the NSW Legal Profession Admission Board (LPAB) for admission as a lawyer to the Supreme Court of NSW and by mutual recognition to the Supreme Courts of other Australian states.
Practical legal training can typically be undertaken straight after you finish your law degree and is designed to help you develop the practical day-to-day skills you will need as a lawyer, and to satisfy the prescribed competency standards for entry-level lawyers. Practical legal training is made up of a combination of programmed training (coursework) and work experience.
Practising in NSW
The UNSW LLB and JD are both accredited by the Legal Profession Admission Board (LPAB) and satisfy the academic component for admission to practise as a solicitor and barrister of the Supreme Court of NSW.
Practising in other states of Australia
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 Law Society in the state or territory in which you wish to practise.
As in Australia, to practise 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.
From 2020, UNSW Law will offer its own PLT program – the Graduate Diploma of Legal Professional Practice (GDLPP). The GDLPP offers a flexible, predominantly digital pathway to practice that is aligned to the Faculty’s mission of social justice, flexible skills and broad horizons. UNSW students will therefore be able to complete all necessary education to be eligible for admission to the legal profession, at UNSW Law.