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Overseas Qualified Lawyers. How to be a lawyer in NSW, Australia


Are you already admitted as a lawyer overseas, or have an overseas law qualification?

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

How does it work

1. Assessment of Academic qualification

When you submit your academic qualification to the LPAB, the determinations will be made with reference to the Uniform Principles for Assessing Qualifications of Overseas Applicants for Admission to the Australian Legal Profession.

According to this, you may or not need to complete some subjects in order to get the recognition of your academic qualification. For example, the LPAB may request you to complete the 11 Priestley. If that’s the case, at TOP we are offering you two options:

a. Apply as a non-award student for the subjects that you need or;

b. Apply as a regular student and get your Bachelor of Laws Degree with Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
You can see the priestly 11 subjects that we offer HERE


2. Assessment of Practical Legal Training (PLT)

If you completed the practical legal training requirements (PLT) for admission and have been admitted in a foreign jurisdiction (outside Australia), you will need to apply to the LPAB's Practical Training Exemptions Sub-Committee, for an assessment of your training and experience against the PLT prerequisite. You need to obtain this assessment before you apply for admission as a lawyer in NSW.

Information about applying for PLT exemptions is in section 7 of the Guide for Applicants for Admission as a Lawyer.

If you want to get more information about our programs and institution or how to be a lawyer in NSW, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 02 9209 4888.

Information obtained from the LPAB Australia