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Admission as an Australian lawyer in New South Wales

 To be entitled to engage in legal practice in New South Wales you must:

be admitted as a lawyer to the Australian legal profession; and

hold a current Australian practising certificate

Applicants for admission as a lawyer in New South Wales must direct their application for a compliance certificate to the Legal Profession Admission Board (“The LPAB”).

A detailed “Guide for Applicants for Admission as a Lawyer in NSW” is available on the LPAB website.

Following admission to the Supreme Court of NSW, you may apply to The Law Society of New South Wales for a practising certificate if you intend to principally practise as a solicitor in New South Wales. Your practising certificate needs to be renewed annually. Information on practising certificates can be found here

Admitted in another Australian jurisdiction (other than NSW)

If you are already admitted as a lawyer in an Australian jurisdiction other than New South Wales, you are not required to also become admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales. If your principal place of practice is New South Wales, you may apply to the Law Society of New South Wales for a practising certificate.

If your principal place of practice in Australia is another jurisdiction, you are not entitled to apply for a NSW practising certificate.

New Zealand applicants

If you have been admitted to the legal profession in New Zealand, you may apply directly to the Supreme Court of NSW under the Trans Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1996. For any enquiries call the Registrar of the Supreme Court of New South Wales on 1300 679 272 or email enquiries@justice.nsw.gov.au.
Following your admission in New South Wales and if your principal place of practice is NSW, you may apply to The Law Society of NSW for a practising certificate.

Overseas qualified lawyers (other than New Zealand applicants)

If you are admitted to the legal profession in an overseas jurisdiction (other than New Zealand) you must apply to the LPAB to have your qualifications and practical legal training assessed before you can apply for admission to the Supreme Court of NSW.

Detailed information on the assessment process is available on the LPAB website lpab.justice.nsw.gov.au/.
For any enquiries call the LPAB on (02) 9392 0300 or email lpab@justice.nsw.gov.au.

 

 

 

CONTACT

  • Law Society Registry
  • Level 5, 170 Phillip Street
  • Sydney NSW 2000
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  • E: registry@lawsociety.com.au