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The stale learning clause, which was approved by the Board in 2014, is now in force. It is incorporated into rules 94 to 98 of the Legal Profession Admission Rules 2005 (LPAR).
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In order to alleviate some confusion arising from the proposed stale learning clause, the Board has approved a further amendment to Rule 95(1)(b).
The stale learning clause, as originally drafted, may have incorrectly implied that each of the courses of study listed in Rule 95(1)(b) must have been undertaken
and completed within the previous five years.
The intended meaning of ‘completion’ within the stale learning clause, however, is the date, or year, of completion of the qualification referred to in Rule 95(1)(a).
Rule 95(1)(b) will now read as follows:
“(1) The academic requirements for admission are:
(b) completion of courses of study, as part of (a), which are recognised in at least one Australian jurisdiction, for the purposes of academic requirements for admission by the Supreme Court of that jurisdiction as a lawyer, as providing sufficient academic training in the following areas of knowledge: …”
amended rule and further information is available.
- posted 4 July 2014
Recently the Legal Profession Admission Board approved amendments to its rules to include a stale learning clause.
These amendments will come into effect on
1 January 2015.
The stale learning clause requires that, at the time an applicant applies for admission as a lawyer, completion of their academic and practical legal training requirements for admission must have occurred within the previous five years.
-posted 30 May 2014
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