The Sydney Juris Doctor (JD) - Professional Recognition

Completion of the Juris Doctor (JD) will lead to admission to practice law in New South Wales.

Additional requirements must be met before a Law graduate can practice as a lawyer in NSW. Information on these requirements is available from The Legal Profession Admission Board

If you intend to practice in another State or overseas, you must consult the relevant professional body or equivalent to determine whether the Sydney JD is acceptable as a legal qualification. It is not the responsibility of the Sydney Law School to do so.

Practising Law in Australia - Useful Links

New South Wales

Legal Profession Admission Board (LPAB)
GPO Box 3980
Sydney NSW 2001
T: + 61 2 9392 0300
F: + 61 2 9392 0315

The College of Law
2 Chandos Street
St Leonards NSW 2065
T: + 61 2 9965 7000
F: + 61 2 9436 1265

Law Admissions Consultative Committee (LACC)
The LACC website contains useful information and links on practical legal training, admissions and useful documents for all Australian jurisdictions.

The Law Society of NSW
170 Phillip Street
Sydney NSW 2000
T: + 61 2 9926 0333
F: + 61 2 9231 5809

The New South Wales Bar Association
Selborne Chambers
174 Phillip Street
Sydney NSW 2000
T: +61 2 9232 4055
F: +61 2 9221 1149


Law Institute of Victoria
470 Bourke Street Melbourne VIC 3000
T: +61 3 9607 9311
F: +61 3 9602 5270


Queensland Law Society
179 Ann Street
Brisbane Qld 4000
T: +61 7 3842 5842
F: +61 7 3842 5999

Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

ACT Law Society
Level 3, 11 London Circuit
Canberra City ACT 2601
T: +61 2 6247 5700
F: +61 2 6247 3754

South Australia

The Law Society of South Australia
124 Waymouth Street
Adelaide SA 5000
T: +61 8 8229 0222
F: +61 8 8231 1929

Western Australia

Western Australia Legal Practice Board
5th Floor
Kings Building
533 Hay Street
T: +61 8 6211 3600
F: +61 8 9325 2743

Northern Territory (NT)

Law Society Northern Territory
Suite 2, Ground Floor, Beagle House
38 Mitchell Street
Darwin NT 0800
T: +61 8 8981 5104
F: +61 8 8941 1623

Practising Law Overseas - Useful Links

United States

New York

The New York State Board of Law Examiners
Corporate Plaza Building 3
254 Washington Avenue Extension
Albany, New York 12203-5195


The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105


British Columbia

The Law Society of British Columbia

845 Cambie Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 4Z9 Canada


The Law Society of Upper Canada

Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5H 2N6

New for 2013 - Canadian Constitutional Law

Sydney Law School is pleased to announce that from 2013 Sydney JD students can undertake an elective unit in Canadian Constitutional Law:

LAWS5197 Canadian Constitutional Law
Credit points: 6
Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Steve Ross, Dickinson School of Law, Penn State University
Session: Intensive August
Classes: Taught intensively for the first three weeks of semester. 5 x 2hr - 3hr seminars/wk for 3 weeks
Prohibitions: LAWS3497
Assessment: Class participation (20%) and three case analyses (30%) and 3000wd take-home final exam (50%)
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington

This unit provides an in-depth introduction to the principles, core concepts, and key cases of Canadian Constitutional Law. It traces the structure and role of the Supreme Court of Canada and, prior to 1949, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, and the development of constitutional reasoning from confederation in 1867 through the adoption of the Charter of Rights in 1982 to the present. Topics will include federalism, free expression and related rights, the right to fundamental justice when life, liberty, or security of the person are at risk, the lack of economic or property rights in the Constitution, language rights, and aboriginal rights. Students will also be introduced to, and encouraged to engage in, normative debates about constitutional values.

United Kingdom

England and Wales

Solicitors Regulation Authority
Ipsley Court, Berrington Close,
Redditch, B98 0TD

The Law Society of England and Wales
The Law Society's Hall
113 Chancery Lane
London WC2A 1PL


Law Society of Scotland
26 Drumsheugh Gardens
Edinburgh EH3 7YR


Singapore Ministry of Law
The Treasury, 100 High Street
#08-02, Singapore 179434

The Law Society of Singapore
39 South Bridge Road
Singapore 058673

Hong Kong

Admission & Registration – Law Society of Hong Kong

Law Society of Hong Kong
3/F, Wing On House
71 Des Voeux Road Central, Hong Kong

Republic of Korea

Korean Bar Association

1718-1 Seocho-dong
South Korea

T: +82 2-3476-4000