Legal Profession Admission Board

Studying at the Legal Profession Admission Board

The Legal Profession Admission Board (LPAB) of New South Wales is responsible for making rules for, and approving, the admission of lawyers and appointment as a public notary. The Board also registers Students-at-Law who, after passing the Board's exams, receive a Diploma in Law and satisfy the academic requirements for admission as a lawyer.

The LPAB provides the following services; maintains the rolls of lawyers and public notaries, administers the Student-at-Law exams, Processes applications for admission as a lawyer, appointment as a public notary, registration as a Student-at-Law, assesses the qualifications and experience of applicants from NSW or interstate or overseas, for admission to the profession, accredits law degree courses and courses of practical legal training in NSW, provides certificates, diplomas, academic records and other documents, and the Board also provide application forms, information booklets and advice about its services.

Student profile

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How to apply

Apply online directly to the Legal Professional Admissions Board. Visit the LPAB website for an application form for registration as a student at law. Applications are always open. Do not apply through UAC.

Applications are approved through the year, and may be submitted at any time. Please note that, in order to commence the course in May for the Winter Semester, an application must be submitted by 1 March. Applications must be submitted by 1 September for the summer semester commencing November,

Enrolment takes place in April and October for the May and November semesters respectively.

Courses offered

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Get in touch

tel: +61 2 9338 3500



Admission criteria
Australian Year 12 students

Students who have completed an Australian Year 12 or equivalent will be considered for entry into the Diploma of Law course.

Applicants with higher education study

Students who have enrolled for an undergraduate degree (or equivalent) at a recognised institution will be considered for admission into Diploma of Law course. For more information, visit the LPAB website.

Applicants with work and life experience

Students who have worked as a police officer, a registered nurse or as a paralegal may also apply for consideration.


You will receive information about acceptance and enrolment procedures with your letter of offer.

Advanced standing

The Legal Professional Admissions Board  may provide credit for prior learning from accredited courses with other institutions. Applicants may put in an application for assessment of previous qualifications.

Fees and charges

A major component of accessibility is the cost of obtaining the Diploma in Law, which is significantly less than comparable qualifications.

There is a once-only Student-at-Law registration application fee. Tuition fees are payable at the time of enrolment in each subject prior to the start of each semester.

Financial assistance

FEE-HELP is unavailable for the Board’s course. With the significantly low tuition fees, this is the most affordable law course which meets the academic requirements for Admission as a legal practitioner in NSW.

Student and campus services

The Legal Professional Admissions Board offers a range of student support services and experiences. These include counselling, academic assistance and learning support, career advice and social activities, including an active Students’ Association.

For more information on student and campus services, visit the LPAB website.