EXTRACT FROM UNIFORM PRINCIPLES FOR ASSESSING QUALIFICATIONS OF OVERSEAS APPLICANTS FOR ADMISSION TO THE AUSTRALIAN LEGAL PROFESSION


5. ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY
5.1 Each Admitting Authority requires an applicant for admission to the legal profession to demonstrate a high level of English proficiency in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

5.2 Subject to items 5.3 and 5.4, every  applicant for admission must satisfy the relevant Admitting Authority that the applicant has, in the 2 years immediately preceding that person's application for admission:
(a) completed the International English Language Testing System Academic Module (IELTS) test; and
(b) obtained minimum scores of 8.0 for writing, 7.5 for speaking and 7.0 for reading and listening, in the components of that test.

5.3 An Admitting Authority may accept evidence that an applicant has complied with item 5.2(a) and 5.2(b) more than 2 years before applying for admission, if the applicant satisfies the Admitting Authority that, since the date on which the applicant first complied with item 5.2(a) and 5.2(b), the applicant has continuously held a practising certificate and been engaged in legal practice, in a country where English is the native or first language.

5.4 An Admitting Authority may exempt an applicant from the requirement of complying with item 0, if the applicant satisfies the Admitting Authority that the applicant has, with the medium of instruction being English, undertaken both:
(a) at least  the final two years of secondary education; and
(b) the academic qualification in law upon which the applicant relies,
in a country where English is the native or first language, while living in such a country, for the whole of that time.

5.5 An applicant must meet the cost of undertaking the IELTS test and of providing the relevant Admitting Authority with evidence that the applicant has complied with the requirements set out above.

Further information about the IELTS Academic Module, including information about its cost and where and when it may be taken, can be obtained from:


IELTS Australia
GPO Box 2006
CANBERRA  ACT  2601
AUSTRALIA
Phone:  +61 2 6285 8222
Fax:      +61 2 6285 3233
Email:   ielts@idp.com
 

EXTRACT FROM GUIDELINES FOR APPLYING THE UNIFORM PRINCIPLES FOR ASSESSING QUALIFICATIONS OF OVERSEAS APPLICANTS FOR ADMISSION TO THE AUSTRALIAN LEGAL PROFESSION

7. ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY
For the purpose of deciding whether an applicant must undertake the IELTS test, the following are the only countries acknowledged as a "country where English is the native or first language":
Canada
Republic of Ireland
New Zealand
UK and Northern Ireland
USA
South Africa.

An applicant who has undertaken both the final 2 years of secondary school and the applicant's legal qualification while residing in one of these countries will be exempt from taking the test, provided the language of instruction in both cases was English.

The list of countries is the same as applies for the medical profession.
Any other applicant will be required to undertake the test, even if there is other strong evidence of the applicant's proficiency in English