An Overview of Admission Requirements

In Australia, the legal profession is regulated independently by each State and Territory. Applicants will generally apply for admission in the State or Territory in which they intend to practise.

Applicants for admission in Western Australia are referred to Part 4 of the Legal Profession Act 2008 , the Legal Profession (Admission) Rules 2009 and the approved forms .

The following general information is provided as a guide only. Please refer to the legislation, approved forms, the Law Admissions Consultative Committee's Model Admission Rules and Uniform Principles For Assessing Overseas Applicants, for more detailed information.

New Zealand admitted/certificated applicants click here

Requirements For Admission

(See Section 21 of the Legal Profession Act 2008 )

To be eligible for admission you must: 
  1. Have completed approved academic qualifications. 
  2. Have completed approved practical legal training (PLT).

You must also apply for admission in accordance with the admission rules, satisfy the Board that you are a fit and proper person to be admitted and satisfy English Language Proficiency Requirements.

When you apply for admission you are required to lodge an originating motion paper at the Supreme Court of Western Australia at least 2 months prior to your proposed admission date. Within 2 days of filing your motion paper you must lodge a notice of application for admission with the Board. The notice of application for admission requires you to attach documents that the Board needs to determine whether you are eligible and suitable for admission.

Click here for information on the formal process of applying for admission.