Becoming a lawyer
Many professions and trades in Australia require recognised qualifications, registration with governing bodies or other legal requirements to use specific titles or offer their services to the public.
The legal profession is Australia is regulated independently by each State and Territory. You should apply for admission in the State or Territory in which you intend to practice.
To work as a lawyer in Western Australia, you must:
- complete approved academic qualifications
- complete a Practical Legal Training (PLT) program
- be accepted by the Legal Practice Board as a fit and proper person
- satisfy English Language Proficiency Requirements
- be admitted by the Supreme Court of Western Australia
- receive a current Australian Practising Certificate from the Legal Practice Board.
If you have not been admitted to practice and don’t hold an Australian Practising Certificate, you must not engage in legal practice and can’t use titles such as lawyer or solicitor. [Part 2.1 of the Legal Profession Uniform Law (WA)]