Historical documents

Uniform Admission Requirements: Discussion Paper and Recommendations

In 1992, LACC's predecessor produced a Discussion Paper and Recommendations to build on the Academic Requirements endorsed by the Committee in 1984 and to promote agreement on practical legal education requirements. It also proposed a National Appraisal Committee to examine whether particular law courses met the Uniform Academic Requirements and to recommend the additional studies to be undertaken by overseas applicants for admission.

Building on work undertaken by Mr Kevin Parker QC, Solicitor-General for Western Australia, the paper also recommended principles to be embodied in proposed Uniform Admission Rules.

Uniform Admission Rules 1993

As a result of feedback on the 1992 Discussion Paper, LACC's predecessor produced Uniform Admission Rules "for the guidance of "Admitting Authorities, and recommended them for adoption in each jurisdiction.

Proposed Uniform Practical Legal Training Requirements

In 1993, the Council of Chief Justices asked LACC's predecessor to "investigate and report on the question of standardising pre-admission and post-admission practical legal training prior to the obtaining of unrestricted rights of practice."

The Committee proposed both a principle relating to the academic and practical legal training pre-requisites for an unrestricted right of practice and 12 topics which a practitioner should have studied prior to obtaining an unrestricted right of practice. These became known colloquially as the "Priestley 12" and were subsequently endorsed by both the Council of Chief Justices and the Law Council of Australia in its Blueprint for the Structure of the Legal Profession: A National Market for Legal Services 1994.

Proposal for an Australian Legal Admission Council

Following the suggestion for a National Appraisal Committee set out in the Uniform Admission Requirements: Discussion Paper and Recommendations referred to above, the Law Council of Australia similarly called for a Council, modelled on the Australian Medical Council. As a result, LACC's predecessor and the Law Council of Australia made a joint proposal to SCAG to establish a Council that would ensure that national standards were developed and applied for appraising the academic and practical training required for admission; for determining any additional studies or training required of overseas applicants for admission; and appraising the suitability of subjects offered by both academic and practical legal training courses.

In the event, which SCAG did not oppose the proposal it was unprepared to approve the proposed funding arrangements during the proposed trial period. For this reason the proposal was unable to proceed.

Proposed project to develop competencies for entry-level lawyers

In September 1999, LACC proposed a project which, although it did not proceed, eventually led to the adoption of the PLT Competency Standards for Entry-level lawyers by all Admitting Authorities. These Standards are set out above.

The Project Schedule has several important attachments, which include the results of LACC's Review of the so-called Priestley 12; its Report on Practical Legal Training of September 1997; APLEC's Standards for the Vocational Preparation of Australian Legal Practitioners 1997; and a Report on the APLEC document by Mr Gordon Joughin.

Revised Uniform Admission Rules 2002

Following the adoption of the PLT Competency Standards for Entry-level lawyers LACC proposed a revised version of the Uniform Admission Rules previously adopted in 1993. The revised version also took into account other contemporary movements towards a national legal profession.