​​​English language requirements (IELTS)​​​

​Applicants for admission as a lawyer must have sufficient knowledge of written and spoken English to engage in legal practice.

Minimum IELTS score

English proficiency may be demonstrated by undertaking the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test and achieving the following minimum scores:

​Test Area​Minimum score
Listening
​7.0
Reading​7.0
Writing​8.0
Speaking​7.5

Applicants for admission must take the ‘Academic’ test and not the ‘General Training’ test. Test results must be no more than two years old at the time of applying for admission.

For more information about the tests,  or how to seek an exemption from this requirement, see  the Guidelines for exemption from the IELTS test [333kb]​.