The Legal Profession Admission Board's Diploma-in-Law course is recognised for its practical, professional orientation and for being a readily accessible and flexible means of entry to the legal profession. It is designed to be especially suitable for part-time students, including country residents. Many find previous study to be advantageous; and also work experience, particularly in a law-related area.
Students need to possess initiative and a strong motivation towards self-directed study in order to succeed, as the course is academically rigorous and the amount of individual attention and on-campus support usually provided in undergraduate university courses are not available.
Students also need to possess a strong comprehension of both written and oral English language skills in order to study for the Board's examinations.
The program may be taken in evening lecture or weekend school mode. Evening students attend a lecture in each subject each week (6.00pm - 8.30 or 9.00pm), in a 12 - 14 week teaching semester. Distance students are expected to attend lectures at the non-residential weekend schools offered each semester.
Our examinations are usually held in March and September, in Sydney and regional centres in NSW and the ACT.
The Board is not a degree-granting body, and unlike a University, does not offer personal supervision or facilities for research.
For the purpose of admission as a lawyer in NSW, the Diploma is equivalent to a degree from an accredited law school.
Please note, the Diploma-in-law is not registered as a Course for Overseas Students and registration does not, therefore, confer any visa entitlement. Applicants must reside in Australia and must intend to continue residing in Australia during their whole candidature as a Student-at-Law. Consequently, applicants must provide an Australian mailing address for all correspondence relating to the course.
Further details are contained in our brochure, A Pathway to Legal Practice.
Transferring from another institution?
If you have partially completed law studies at another institution and wish to transfer permanently to the Board's Diploma-in-Law you must apply using our standard application procedure.
Exemptions are normally granted for subjects that are substantially similar to those on our curriculum, provided they have been taken within a law faculty of an accredited university. It is recommended that you submit an application for academic exemptions, using Form 16 prior to, or together with, your application for registration as a student-at-law. Please note, exemption applications can take up to six weeks to process.
To help you decide if this is an appropriate course for you, please refer to Frequently Asked Questions for more information or contact our office.