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Practicing in Canada

Graduate qualifications in law from Australian universities are recognized internationally. Canadian students who wish to practice as lawyers upon their return to Canada are required to apply to the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) for assessment as the first step in the accreditation process.

Learn more about the process of becoming a lawyer in Canada.

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What are the average marks for entry?

Varies by university and program chosen. Most eligible candidates have a high school diploma with an overall average of approximately 65% – 75%.

Can I stay in Australia to practice?

While graduates are eligible to continue the steps to practice in Australia, it is imperative to understand the visa process that is associated with continuing to live and work in Australia. Find out more about staying in Australia to practice law.

Is the LSAT required for Australian university law programs?

For graduate-entry law programs, yes, the University of Melbourne Law School will require the LSAT as part of your law school application. However, due to the current pandemic, the university has waived this requirement for the 1–2021 intake only.

Monash University Law School will also accept the LSAT, but it is not required. Depending on your GPA, submitting a strong LSAT can make your application more competitive.

Undergraduate Bachelor of Laws programs do not require the LSAT.

Will my Australian law degree be recognized here in Canada?

Graduate qualifications in law from Australian universities are recognized internationally. The basic process when returning to Canada and meeting the requirements to practice as a lawyer is as follows:

  • NCA – Assessment and challenge examinations
  • Articling (or a Law Practice Program – LPP)
  • Barrister & Solicitor Exams
  • Being “called to the Bar”

When you return to Canada after completing an international Law degree, including a degree from an Australian law school, you will first apply to have your credentials assessed by the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA). All applications are assessed by the NCA on a case-by-case basis, because everyone’s application is usually unique based on their own personal experiences and academic history.

NCA assessments focus on the core common law subjects in which you will demonstrate competence, including five Canadian subjects which are mandatory for all applicants. Most Australian law school graduates who apply through the NCA would be asked to complete challenge exams in the following five areas:

1. Canadian Administrative Law
2. Canadian Constitutional Law
3. Canadian Criminal Law
4. Foundations of Canadian Law
5. Canadian Professional Responsibility

Once you have successfully completed the assigned requirements, the NCA will issue a Certificate of Qualification. That certificate is required to apply to a Canadian law society in a common law jurisdiction. Be sure to visit the Federation of Law Societies of Canada website for accreditation and certification information, and contact us if you have any questions.

For further details on the steps required, please visit our Practicing law in Canada page.

When can I start my law studies in Australia?

Australian law programs commence in the first semester of each year, which is in late February/early March. Many of our law programs also have mid-year (June/July) and third-trimester (August/September) intakes as well!

Learn more about your law degree options.

What is the difference between the Bachelor of Laws (undergraduate-entry LLB) the Bachelor of Laws (graduate-entry LLB) and the Juris Doctor (JD)?

The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and the Bachelor of Laws graduate-entry (LLB GE) and Juris Doctor (JD) are all law degrees which upon their completion enable you to apply in your jurisdiction to practice as a lawyer.

Bachelor of Laws (LLB): This is an undergraduate law degree. Students can enter this LLB program directly from high school or after a college diploma or partially completed university degree.

Bachelor of Laws (LLB GE): Some Australian universities offer a graduate-entry stream for the LLB, which means applicants require an undergraduate degree to be eligible for entry.

Juris Doctor (JD): This is a graduate law degree. Applicants require an undergraduate degree to be eligible for entry.

All LLB and JD programs educate students to practice law and allow you to apply for registration in Canada. The main difference is that the LLB is offered at the undergraduate level, and the JD is offered at the postgraduate level.