Admission to Practice in Victoria
Australia's six states and two territories each have separate admission boards with varying requirements for law practitioners. Deakin Law School is endorsed by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board (VLAB) as meeting the areas of knowledge required for admission to practice in Victoria.
Admission to Practice Process for Graduating Students
If it is your intention to apply for Admission to Practice upon successful completion of your studies, you will require verification documentation (including an academic conduct report, a copy of your academic transcript and a letter from the Head of School confirming you have completed the course requirements for the LLB) to be sent to the Board of Examiners.
Leading up to your graduation, and prior to release of your final results, you will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org inviting you to apply for verification documentation to be sent to the relevant Admissions Board pending successful completion of your Laws degree. If you would like Deakin to organise this for you please respond to this email by the closing date specified in the email, with your request clearly stating which State (eg Victoria) Admission Board you will be applying to.
It is a requirement of VLAB that the content of an academic conduct report is not shared with the student
You should allow at least 15 working days following result release for your documentation (including an academic conduct report, a copy of your academic transcript and a letter from the Head of School confirming you have completed the course requirements for the LLB) to be forwarded to the Board of Examiners.
If you have already graduated in a previous year but did not apply for Admission to Practice at the time of graduating, you still can by contacting Deakin Student Central.
Admission to Practice - Practical Legal Training
The Deakin Law Program is designed to satisfy the university component of the requirements to become qualified for admission as an "Australian Lawyer " in Victoria as set by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board. Study may be undertaken on either a full-time or part-time basis.
At present, to qualify for admission as an 'Australian Lawyer' in Victoria, university graduates are also required to complete Practical Legal Training (PLT) requirements.
There are two options for completing PLT:
- Supervised Workplace Training (SWT) (12 month period) or
- An approved PLT course
The law admission consultative committee has released a policy that requires admitting authorities to advise all applicants that rely upon qualifications that is more than 5 years old to seek an assessment. Please refer to the Victorian Legal Admissions Board website for further information.
Credit for Prior Learning for Priestley 11 units
Students seeking Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) must note that relevant consideration in granting specified credit for the 'Priestley 11 subjects' as noted by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board (VLAB), is that the areas of knowledge in Schedule 2 have been satisfied to 100% equivalency.
Practice Notes: Academic conduct reports and disclosure requirements
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).