Admission to Practice
Admission of law graduates to practice as a legal practitioner in South Australia is a matter for the Supreme Court of South Australia and is governed by the Rules of the Legal Practitioners Education and Admission Council (known as the LPEAC Rules 2004). Accordingly, successful completion of the LLB/LP degree does not guarantee the right to practise law. Rather it makes students eligible to seek admission on the basis of having satisfied academic and practical requirements for admission (Flinders students who choose to exit with only the LLB degree satisfy only the academic requirements for admission).
An essential requirement for admission to practice is for applicants to satisfy the Supreme Court that they are ‘fit and proper’ persons to be admitted as legal practitioners. The Supreme Court, in making its determinations, relies upon (but is not bound by) reports prepared by a body known as the Board of Examiners, which has as its Secretariat the Legal Practitioners Registry. It is a consequence of the ‘fit and proper’ person requirement that applicants are required to disclose certain matters to the Board of Examiners. Applicants are expected to act with the utmost frankness and candour in making their disclosures and any matters likely to affect their good name and character or otherwise affect their fitness to be admitted must be disclosed. This includes, but is not limited to, convictions of or charges with criminal offences. It also includes disclosure of academic dishonesty or plagiarism matters. (see 'Academic Integrity in the Law Handbook)
Information about the process and time lines for admission is set out below. Students should note that there are several steps that must be followed, each with firm deadlines, and the entire process takes time. Students can be admitted to practice prior to formal graduation from the University, ie prior to the actual conferral of a degree at a graduation ceremony.
The finalisation of results (i.e. grades) is a function of the Law School’s Board of Examiners (note, this is a different body from the Board of Examiners referred to above). Once the Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law has carried out the degree completion process for your degree, a statement will appear on your official academic transcript, as evidence of having completed your degree requirements.
To obtain a copy of your official academic transcript: You will receive a free copy of your official academic transcript at your graduation ceremony.
If you require a copy of your official academic transcript prior to graduation (e.g. for admission purposes), you can purchase a copy via the methods outlined in this link.
To ensure that your degree completion details have been finalised by the Faculty Office, please check your unofficial transcript on the Student Information System before you place an order for your official academic transcript.
The LawSchool’s Examiners Board meets several times a year to finalise results for all the LawSchool’s topics. Special efforts are made for the Board to meet in time for students whose only enrolment in Semester 2 is in PLT topics, to be admitted no later than the final Supreme Court Admission Ceremony in early December, thus obviating the need to have admission delayed by several months over the summer. However, students must note:
- it is not possible to hold Examiners Board meetings immediately following the completion of each and every PLT topic;
- if a student is enrolled in ordinary (ie non-PLT) topics in the same semester as PLT topics, the finalisation of results for all of the student’s topics will only take place at the Examiners Board meetings that are regularly scheduled to occur several weeks following the end of each semester’s Examinations Period; and
- a given student’s results in a topic will not be marked or finalised in advance of or in isolation from the finalisation of results of all the other students enrolled in that topic, as that is neither educationally sound nor conducive to ensuring appropriate concern is demonstrated at institutional level for matters of academic honesty.
Accordingly, prior to making commitments to employers, family members or others in relation to dates of admission to practice, students should take all of the above into account, and in particular should check with the Law School as to exactly when their degree requirements will be officially satisfied under the University’s procedures.
How do I apply for Admission?
There is a strict procedure you have to follow:
- Go to the Law Society of SA website/Admission to Practice
- Then click on ‘Start your local admission application now’. This will take you through exactly what you have to do.
Make sure you complete the Statutory Declaration by making reference to a Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice from Flinders University. In completing the Statutory Declaration you are required to disclose any matters likely to affect your fitness to be admitted (refer above).
When can I get admitted?
There is a an admission ceremony in the second week of each month (except January) as detailed in the link Law Society of SA website/Admission to Practice