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2023

Posted February 2023

Diploma-in-Law (Virtual) Open Day 

Are you interested in learning more about the Diploma in Law? Our next Open Day will be held on Wednesday 8 February 2023 from 12noon to 2pm via Zoom.  

Register here to hear about the Diploma in Law from staff, students and graduates and have all your questions answered.

2022

Posted 05 October 2022

Eligibility criteria for remote admissions

Effective from 1 June 2022, the remote admission process is limited to applicants who can demonstrate that they meet strict eligibility criteria.

The eligibility criteria for remote admissions  are that:

a)   you are presently located outside Australia and are prohibited by law from entering Australia (for example: due to a closure of Australia's international border or because you do not have a valid visa and are not an Australian citizen or resident), or

b)   you ordinarily reside outside NSW and are prohibited by law from travelling to NSW or returning to your home state from NSW (for example: due to a closure of a state/territory border), or

c)    you have a medical condition, or are undergoing medical treatment, which places you at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 (such medical condition or treatment being one of those listed on the relevant Australian Government Department of Health webpage).

In all other cases, applicants will be required to attend an admission ceremony in-person at the Supreme Court, to take the oath/affirmation of office and sign the Supreme Court Roll.

Booking a remote admission

To book a remote admission you will need to:

o   send an email to lpab@justice.nsw.gov.au with your full name and your admission application number (eg ADM-123456)

o   attach relevant official documentation/medical certificate to prove the existence of your claimed circumstances.

Booking an admission ceremony

To book an admission ceremony, you need to sign in to the online Admission Portal and book the available date and time of your choice. 

Bookings close 7 calendar days before the date of the relevant ceremony (or earlier, if all places have already been booked). 
The dates and times of admission ceremonies that are available for booking are listed in the online Admission Portal.


Posted April 2022

Admission Portal is offline

Access to be restored by Friday evening 8 April 2022

The LPAB Admission Portal will be offline for a short period. This is to enable an upgrade to address recent performance issues.

We regret any inconvenience caused. Access is expected to be restored by Friday evening 8 April 2022. When you login after that, you may notice differences in the Admission Portal.

If you have an application in 'Draft', some questions in the application form have changed, which means you may need to update some of your existing answers. We recommend you check each page that you have already completed in the application form, before progressing further through the form.

Thank you for your understanding while we make these improvements to the online applicant experience.

2017

Enrolments

Enrolments for LPAB Students at Law are between 20-28 April 2017.  Please see the enrolment page for further information and the online payment form.

posted 12 April 2017

Examinations

Exams for the LPABs Students at Law are being held between Thursday 2 March and Thursday 9 March at various locations around the State.

posted 2 March 2017

​Update to reduced office hours

posted 23 February 2017

Due to work being completed sooner than anticipated the Office of the LPAB will now be open until 5:00pm on Friday 24 March.

March Admission ceremonies

posted 23 February 2017

The admission ceremonies for 24 March are currently at full capacity and you will not be able to book using the online portal. A decision will be made on Monday 27 February 2017 whether there is sufficient demand to release an additional ceremony. Should you wish to be admitted in March please check the online portal after 12 noon Monday 27/02/2017.

Reduced office hours 

posted 15 February 2017

Between Thursday 16 February and Friday 24 February 2017 inclusive, the Office of the LPAB will close at 3:00pm every day.  During the hours of 9:00am to 3:00pm, we will operate with reduced staffing levels.  This is necessary due to the impact of work to replace the office's malfunctioning air conditioning system.  We regret any inconvenience this may cause, and encourage our clients to consider emailing enquiries or mailing applications during this time, rather than visiting the office.  If our reduced office hours cause you a significant difficulty, please bring this to our attention by sending an email to lpab@justice.nsw.gov.au and we will do our best to assist you.

​​​Upcoming Admission Ceremonies

posted 6 January 2017

​Admission ceremonies will be held in the Banco Court ​​in Sydney on ​17 February 2017 and in Newcastle on 24 ​February 2017.  Applications for these ceremonies must be lodged using the online admission portal.  If you are planning to attend these ceremonies you should ensure the hard copy documentary evidence is received no later than 4 weeks before the ceremony.  If you have a complex application you should ensure​ your hard copy documentary evidence is received on or before 12 January 2017 to ensure it meets the deadline for the Board meeting on 7 February 2017.​

2016

Festive season closedown

Posted 15 December

The Legal Profession Admission Board will be closed for the Christmas/New Year period from 5:00pm Friday 23 December 2016 until 9:00am Wednesday 4 January 2017.

​​Half day closure

The office of the Legal Profession Admission Board will be closed for half a day: Wednesday 14th December 2016, 1pm - 5pm.

The LPAB will be shutting down for a work function.

Staff will not be accessing emails during this time and will not be able to attend to your queries until the following business day.

Please contact our Client Relationship Manager on lpabfeedback@justice.nsw.gov.au should you have any issues with the scheduled shutdown.

​December Admission Ceremonies

Issued: 25 November 2016

There are only a few seats remaining for the admission ceremonies on 8 and 9 December 2016. These are the last ceremonies for 2016 and eligible applicants wishing to be admitted in December should book  as soon as possible.

December admission ceremonies

Issued: Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Two additional ceremonies have been made available through the Online Admission Portal: 3.30pm on Thursday 8 December 2016, and 3.45pm on Friday 9 December 2016.

No further ceremonies will be made available in 2016.  There will be no ceremonies held on Monday 12 December 2016.

The next ceremonies will be held on Friday 3 and Friday 17 February 2017.

​​December admission ceremonies

Issued: Monday, 14 November 2016

Additional ceremonies will soon be made accessible through the Online Admission Portal for 8 and 9 December 2016. It is anticipated this should occur before 12:00 noon today.

1​​8 November admission ceremonies

Issued: Thursday, 27 October 2016

The admission ceremonies to be conducted on Friday 18 November will be the first for applicants who have lodged applications for admission as a lawyer using the new Online Admission Portal.  These applicants are the first to have their applications for admission approved using an Instrument of delegation allowing  the LPAB's Executive Officer to approve applications.

​October admission ce​remonies

Issued: Thursday, 08 September 2016

All admission ceremonies previously scheduled for Friday 21 October 2016 have been moved to Monday 24 October 2016.

This change was necessary to accommodate requirements of the Supreme Court of NSW.  We regret any inconvenience that the change may cause to people who have applied for admission and their guests.

Applicants who were planning to be admitted on Frid ay 21 October 2016, but cannot attend a ceremony on the re-scheduled date of Monday 24 October 2016, may be able to defer their admission until a later ceremony day.  The next ceremony day after October will be held on Friday 18 November 2016.  Please contact us if want to defer your admission ceremony.​

​C​​​hanges to admission process

​Issued: 30 August 2016

The LPAB is launching an online Admission Portal soon.  If you apply for admission as a lawyer after 23 September 2016, you will need to sign up to use the portal, and complete a new online form.  Existing versions of Forms 10 and 11 will no longer be accepted.

The benefits of the online Admission Portal are explained in the fact sheet 'Applying online for admission as a lawyer'. ​​​​​

For further information and updates...​​


 

Corporate and government lawyers

 Issued: April 2016

If you are a corporate or government lawyer in NSW and you have not been admitted to the Australian legal profession, you may need to notify the NSW Legal Profession Admission Board.

You will need to notify the Board within one year of engaging in practice pursuant to the transitional exemption in Clause 19 of the Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Regulation 2015

Visit our Government and Corporate Lawyers page for more information.

An online form for the purpose of notifying the Board is now available.  For further information about the transitional exemptions please read the Factsheet - Corporate Lawyers or Factsheet - Government Lawyers.

 

2015

Uniform Admission Rules

Issued: June 2015​

Uniform Admission Rules for the admission of lawyers in NSW  take effect from 1 July 2015. 

Updated forms and a guide for applicants​ are now available on this website.  Previous versions of admission forms are no longer being accepted. 

These changes relate to the commencement of a uniform regulatory regime for the legal profession in NSW and Victoria, under the Legal Profession Uniform Law

Further information about the Uniform Law is at the website of the Legal Services Council.​