Admission to Practice
Admission of law graduates to practice as a legal practitioner in
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 Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law will assist students by automatically generating letters certifying successful completion once all degree requirements have been fulfilled and the Flinders University Law Board of Examiners has met and final results in all topics have been made official. You will need that letter to attach to your Statutory Declaration when you apply to be admitted (see below). Please note that finalisation of results (ie grades) is a function of the
- 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 (see Law Society of SA link below).
- Then click on ‘Select other services and information'.
- Then click on ‘Admission and Practice in SA'.
- Then click on ‘First Admission: Local Applicants’.
- Read the information on that page.
- Then click on ‘Guide to Admission Procedures’. 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
When can I get admitted?
There is a an admission ceremony in the second week of each month (except January). For the schedule of admission dates, go to the Law Society of SA website (see link above) and under the 'Other Services and Information' heading click on 'Admission and Practice' in SA. Then click on 'First Admission, Local Applicants' and then 'Schedule of Admission Dates'.