Becoming A Lawyer > Admission Process
(Refer also to sections 25 to 33 of the Legal Profession Act 2008 ( Act ) and Part 2 of the Legal Profession (Admission) Rule s 2009 )
- Persons previously admitted in Australia may apply for a Western Australian practising certificate and are not required to apply for admission in this state. Persons previously admitted in New Zealand should click here . All other applicants are required to apply for admission as set out below.
- Applicants must have completed the academic requirements for admission and have completed, or be close to completing, the practical legal training requirements for admission before lodging an application.
- Applicants are required to file a Motion Paper with the Supreme Court at least 2 months prior to the proposed admission date . Further information, including the proforma motion paper, admission ceremony dates, and latest filing dates are published in the Court Procedure - Admissions section of the Supreme Court website ( www.supremecourt.wa.gov.au/A/admissions.aspx ). Please note that the Board cannot assist you in locating a legal practitioner to move your admission at the ceremony.
- Within 2 days of filing the motion paper at the Supreme Court the applicant must file a Notice of application for admission ( Form A10) with the Board. Please refer to the Admission Application Notes when completing this form. A copy of the motion paper filed at the Court must be attached to the Form A10, along with supporting documentation such as a police certificate, evidence of academic qualifications, etc. It is therefore suggested that an applicant collates the supporting documentation for Form A10 before lodging a motion with the Court.
- Following receipt of the notice of application, the Board will place the required advertisements.
- The Supreme Court will write directly to the applicant to confirm arrangements for the ceremony.
- Applicants will be contacted if there are deficiencies in the application or if the Board requires further information to determine whether the applicant is eligible and suitable to be admitted.
- At least 7 days prior to the admission ceremony, the Board will file a compliance certificate with the Court. A copy of the compliance certificate will be provided to the applicant. In the event the Board is not satisfied that the applicant is eligible and suitable for admission, both the Court and the applicant will be issued with an information notice
- Subject to the provisions of Part 5 of the Act , an admitted lawyer is not entitled to engage in legal practice unless they hold a current practising certificate.
- Following admission the restricted legal practice requirements of section 50 of the Act apply to all Australian legal practitioners.
Further queries regarding the ceremony itself should be directed to the Supreme Court. Other enquiries regarding your application for admission and applying for a practising certificate effective your admission date should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org . Following your admission, enquiries relating to an application for a practising certificate or restricted practice requirements should be directed to email@example.com .