10 July 2018
On 1 March 2018 the Legal Services Council Admissions Committee (Committee) resolved to review the operation of legislation, rules and conventions relating to the admission of foreign lawyers in Victoria and New South Wales. Currently a foreign lawyer can be admitted with or without conditions in these jurisdictions.
The admission of foreign lawyers is provided for by Part 2.2 of the Uniform Law and the Legal Profession Uniform Admission Rules 2015. The admitting authorities in each state are informed by the Law Admissions Consultative Committee's Uniform Principles for Assessing the Qualifications of Overseas Applicants for Admission to the Australian Profession. In addition, the admitting authority in New South Wales is bound by s 21 of the Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Act (2014) (NSW).
A copy of the Terms of Reference for the review can be found here (PDF, 23.1 KB).
11 Oct 2022
The Legal Services Council and Commissioner for Uniform Legal Services Regulation acknowledges the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as custodians of Australia and pay their respects to Elders, past and present. We also acknowledge their ongoing connection to land, sea and communities throughout Australia, and their contributions to the lives of all Australians.