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Academic qualifications

The usual first step to a career as a solicitor in New South Wales is the successful attainment of approved academic qualifications or corresponding academic qualifications.

In NSW the approved academic qualification is usually a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree (including combined law degree courses) at an accredited university law school or equivalent.

The Legal Profession Admission Board (LPAB) has given accreditation to the law schools at the following universities operating in the State:

Macquarie UniversitySouthern Cross UniversityUniversity of New EnglandUniversity of New South WalesUniversity of NewcastleUniversity of Notre DameUniversity of SydneyUniversity of Technology, SydneyUniversity of Western SydneyUniversity of Wollongong

For qualifications obtained outside NSW please refer to the LPAB.

Legal Profession Admission Board

It is also possible to become a solicitor by completing a Diploma in Law course prescribed by the LPAB. A course of instruction in the LPAB’s subjects is provided by the Law Extension Committee of the University of Sydney through evening classes and weekend schools.



  • Legal Profession Admission Board
  • Level 4
  • 37 Bligh Street (cnr Hunter)
  • Sydney NSW 2000
  • T: (02) 9338 3500
  • F: (02) 9338 3555
  • E: ag_lpab@agd.nsw.gov.au