Legal Profession Admission Board, NSW Department of Justice

Legal Profession Admission Board, NSW Department of Justice

Study law in our flexible and accessible pathway to legal practice. Our Diploma in Law course provides a qualification that is equivalent to a law school degree for the purpose of entry to the legal profession in Australia.

It is also the oldest law course in Australia. Delivered in partnership with the University of Sydney, lectures are given by leading practitioners and academics at the Camperdown campus in Sydney. 

The aim of the course is to provide an affordable legal education. Our program of evening lectures is especially suited to part-time students, and we also offer intensive weekend school classes designed to make the course accessible to country and interstate residents (please note that study is not available online).

Our entry requirements make law study available to a wide cross–section of the community, while at the same time our course is academically rigorous. We place an emphasis on performance in the course, rather than on restrictive entry requirements.

The course has a practical and professional orientation, and study with us requires independence, perseverance, and a hunger to attain legal knowledge. Coupled with the high academic standards of the course, this approach produces confident and work-ready graduates. Generations of judges, solicitors and barristers have been educated in this way for over 170 years.

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.

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.

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Legal Profession Admission Board
NSW Department of Justice
Level 4, 37 Bligh Street (cnr Hunter)
Sydney NSW 2000

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