Coming to the bar
five prerequisites for
Admissionas a lawyer in an Australian jurisdiction
- Passing the NSW Bar Examination to the required standard
- Complete an application for an
Australian practising certificate ,with conditions attached (the Bar Council has 90 days to determine an application for a practisingcertificate and may request further information from an applicant to assist with its determination).
- Completing the Reading
- Professional indemnity insurance
If an Australian lawyer wishes to
a career at the bar open day
Best Practice Guidelines
The New South Wales Bar Association considers that achieving best practice in professional conduct and compliance with New South Wales and Commonwealth laws in the area of equality and diversity should be encouraged among its members and their chambers/floors. To this end, on 19 June 2014 the Bar Council approved the Best Practice Guidelines (BPG).
continuing PROFESSIONAL development
A brief guide for practitioners on where to buy court attire and an outline of attire to be worn by barristers in the various courts, commissions and tribunals in the federal and New South Wales jurisdictions.
Diversity and equality
The New South Wales Bar Association is committed to fostering diversity and equality in a manner that reflects the social and cultural diversity within the legal profession and the communities we serve.
Guide to Becoming a Barrister
The Bar Association publishes the Guide to Becoming a Barrister to assist you in finding out whether the Bar is a career path for you.
The Bar Association on request will publish its
All New South Wales barristers'
The Bar Association's Professional Conduct Department facilitates the investigation and reporting to Bar Council of conduct complaints. For information about professional conduct, the complaints process, relevant legislation, ethical guidance and disciplinary cases, visit the Professional Conduct page.
A lawyer, when issued with an initial practising certificate with reader conditions, is termed a 'reader'. The reader embarks on the Reading Program, which has two major elements, the Bar Practice Course & reading with a tutor.
In order to assist new readers, the Bar Association publishes Readers Rooms, a page with all the relevant information regarding chambers, such as fees, application dates, selection criteria and contact details.
Information for Indigenous practitioners
For over a decade, the Association has worked to improve the educational path for Aboriginal law students studying at NSW universities and to assist in providing career development opportunities and career prospects for Aboriginal lawyers through the Indigenous Barristers Trust The Mum Shirl Fund. Our primary goal is to increase the number of Aboriginal barristers
Tutors provide a supervisory and mentoring role for new barristers. The Bar Association has replaced the Statutory List of Tutors with the Current Tutor List and the Potential Tutor List. The Bar Association recommends that arrangements for seeking a tutor should be initiated between six months to a year before coming to the bar. Learn more here.
Legal Profession Uniform Law came into operation in NSW and Victoria on 1 July 2015, creating a common legal services market across NSW and Victoria. The Uniform Law aims to