Certificate of Admission as a Lawyer - New South Wales


You will require a certificate of admission if you intend to operate as a lawyer in order to practise as a solicitor or barrister in New South Wales. Please be aware that this does not entitle you to engage in legal practice. It is a prerequisite for being able to apply for an Australian practising certificate (which entitles you to engage in legal practice).

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for admission you must:

  • be 18 years of age or above
  • be considered fit and proper to be admitted to the Australian legal profession
  • have attained the specified academic qualification prerequisite
  • have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite practical legal training requirements
  • not have already been admitted to the Australian legal profession
  • take an oath of office, or make an affirmation of office, in the required form.

The attached document outlines further information on eligibility criteria, information on the documents you must submit with your application and provides general guidance on the application process.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Admission is ongoing.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $950.00 -
Renew Renewal All $1450.00 Re-admission as a lawyer.

Act(s) name

Legal Profession Uniform Law (NSW) NSW

Approval time

The application deadline is 5:00pm AEST on the Friday, which falls approximately 4 weeks prior to the date of the next admission ceremony.

Administering agency

Department of Justice

Justice Strategy and Policy

Legal Profession Admission Board

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.


Legal Profession Admission Board

Justice Strategy and Policy

Department of Justice

Operating address: Level 4
37 Bligh St (cnr Hunter)
New South Wales 2000
Mailing address: GPO BOX 3980
Sydney, New South Wales 2001
Phone: 02 9338 3500
Fax: 02 9338 3555
Email: ag_lpab@agd.nsw.gov.au