Admission to Practice (in Victoria)
Please follow these steps:
- Finish exams and wait for results to be officially released.
- Apply online to graduate after you have received a letter of invitation from the Division of Student Administration.
- Applications to graduate are processed. progressively and you will receive confirmation of your application within approximately 6 weeks.
- Following receipt of your confirmation contact Deakin Central and request a copy of your academic transcript be sent to the Assistant to the Head of School, School of Law, Deakin University, Locked Bag 20001, Geelong, Victoria, 3220.
- Interstate admission to practice. Follow steps 1 to 4 and include a request for your transcript and Conduct Report to be forwarded to the relevant State's Admission Board.
- Following receipt of your academic transcript in the Head of School's office, an Academic Conduct Report will be generated. This report will be forwarded to the Board of Examiners with your academic transcript and a letter from the Head of School confirming you have completed the course requirements for the LLB. )Please note: without a course completion date, your academic transcript will not be accepted by the Board of Examiners.)
At the request of the Board of Examiners academic conduct reports are not sent to the student.
It is important that you allow at least 15 working days from when the Law School receive your request, for your academic transcript to be forwarded to the Board of Examiners.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING CPL
Law students should note the following: at present to meet the requirements of admission to practice as a barrister and solicitor in Victoria, university graduates are required to firstly ensure their LLB and Priestly 11 subjects do not invoke the 'stale admission' policy.
If graduates completed their law degree and/or Priestly 11 and it is clear that the law in that discipline has since changed substantially, a student will need to re-enrol in the relevant Deakin unit/s and assessment, fees will be incurred. This re-enrolment in unit/s will depend upon the level of change that has occurred within the specific unit in issue, which must be assessed on an individual basis by an expert in the unit discipline.
Further, students who have received credit for prior learning (CPL) between the period of 2008 and 2014 may not satisfy the legal admission requirements for COLE. This is because it is now required that the CPL unit be identical to the requirements under the legal admission rules. The law school has now amended its policy accordingly.
Any student who has or had CPL issued between 2008 and 2014, which is not accepted by COLE for the purposes of admission must re-enrol in the unit/s and will be required to sit all of the assessment.
For further information please contact the Faculty office use the online form.
For further information about the requirements for Admission to Practice visit the Supreme Court of Victoria website.
Practice Notes: Academic conduct reports and disclosure requirements
Academic misconduct is an issue that is treated very seriously and it is important that you remember this when completing your assignments. Do not be tempted to cheat - it may be the end of your hopes of being a lawyer. The Board of Examiners views plagiarism so seriously that it now requires all Victorian law schools to provide a certificate stating whether or not the relevant university holds a record of any academic misconduct by that student (in their law studies or elsewhere).
While not all past misdeeds will prevent someone being admitted to practice, failure to disclose may well have that consequence.
Please take the time to read the two Practice Notes from the Victorian Council for Legal Education and Board of Examiner provided here as they contain extremely important information relating to admission to practice. While the Practice Notes apply only to people seeking admission in Victoria, every jurisdiction has requirements around disclosure of any matter that may go to fitness to practice.
- Practice Direction No. 3 of 2009 (Academic conduct reports)
- Practice Directon No. 2 of 2012 (Disclosure guidelines for applicants)