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  1. LawyerAbroad

    189 Visa Application - Lawyer, Barrister, Solicitor

    Hi Daniel, You need to submit your qualifications to a State Legal Admissions Board. It will assess how closely related your existing academic qualifications and practical skills are to what are required of lawyers/law students in Australia. It will specify the additional subjects you need to study and it is likely you will be required to complete further study. You do not need to study to get your qualifications assessed, that is a formality conducted by the SLAB. However, you will need to study to become admitted as a lawyer. It is only by being admitted as a lawyer that you will be able to demonstrate an occupation on the list. If you do not become admitted as a lawyer in Australia then you cannot apply for a 189/190 visa using Solicitor/Barrister as your specified occupation. You do not need to obtain a separate skills assessment. Your Australian lawyer admission certificate is accepted in lieu of a skills assessment. Good luck
  2. LawyerAbroad

    189 Visa Application - Lawyer, Barrister, Solicitor

    Just be sure to forensically set out everything you have done that is relevant to each component of the skills / knowledge required and explain why it is relevant. I don't think you can be criticised for too much information. I sent a lever arch of evidence!
  3. LawyerAbroad

    189 Visa Application - Lawyer, Barrister, Solicitor

    Glad you have found it useful. Good luck with the process.
  4. LawyerAbroad

    189 Visa Application - Lawyer, Barrister, Solicitor

    Great news. Congrats on getting your assessment. An important stage of the process completed!
  5. LawyerAbroad

    Solicitor applying for VISA 189. Skills assessment

    It's outside of my experience to advise you on appropriate visas for your particular circumstances. From my own enquiries, I did not find any Australian institution that ran both PLT and academic subjects. In my experience, they must be studied at two separate institutions, although I will defer to anyone else who has better experience than my own.
  6. LawyerAbroad

    Solicitor applying for VISA 189. Skills assessment

    I studied the academic subjects through the University of New England. Again, all remote learning from the UK. Online lectures and tutorials. I sat the exams at a venue in the UK. You may find this thread I set up helpful:
  7. LawyerAbroad

    Solicitor applying for VISA 189. Skills assessment

    I studied the PLT subjects through the College of Law in Australia from the UK (remote learning). You submit coursework online and oral assessment takes place via a platform similar to Skype. You don't need to do it in Australia.
  8. LawyerAbroad

    Solicitor applying for VISA 189. Skills assessment

    Just a heads up, this wasn't correct as of when I applied for a visa early in 2018. You simply need to attach a scanned copy of your admission certificate. The reference number is your admission/roll number.
  9. LawyerAbroad

    Solicitor applying for VISA 189. Skills assessment

    No, you can do select PLT subjects alongside select academic subjects. In practice - it becomes a lot of work and it was too much for me to manage alongside the day job. So I got the academic subjects out the way then turned my mind to PLT. Does that answer your question?
  10. LawyerAbroad

    189 Visa Application - Lawyer, Barrister, Solicitor

    Hi KC24, Not having your current employer to do a reference does make things tricker, I suspect. I was in chambers / self-employed / open with my plans. I got several colleagues to sign statutory declarations detailing everything known about my practice for the 10 years I was in chambers. Including: type of work, its complexity, etc. I specialise in only one area of law, which is unrelated to the academic subjects, so these references were not helpful for getting academic exemptions. They were, however, useful for getting PLT exemptions. I hope that helps.
  11. LawyerAbroad

    189 Visa Application - Lawyer, Barrister, Solicitor

    Brilliant. Congrats on getting it all together. It's an effort! I didn't use any particular email, just the online portal for submission of questions ... https://www.une.edu.au/askune
  12. LawyerAbroad

    189 Visa Application - Lawyer, Barrister, Solicitor

    Hope it goes well for you. Don't forget to update on how it works out! PS. Also might be worth contacting your university and they may be able to provide you with the tutorial schedule and reading lists from when you were at university. My university couldn't help, but I was able to get a subject list from BVC provider, which was useful for PLT exemption.
  13. LawyerAbroad

    189 Visa Application - Lawyer, Barrister, Solicitor

    Hi KC24, Really glad this post was of some interest / use to you. So I broke the subjects down into two categories. 1) Those I could try to get exemption from based on my university studies. 2) Those I could try to get exemption from based on being a practising barrister (that included trust accounting). For items in (1), I put together as much as I could. For example, I studied the Law of Evidence at university. I went to my parents' attic and found my old text book (photocopied the Contents pages), found all my old lecture /tutorial handouts and put them into a file. In my submission I explained how what I studied was very similar / identical to Evidence in Aus. And I did that for every subject that I was looking for exemption for. I remember doing the same for Administrative Law and the other subjects. For items in (2), I wrote quite a lengthy piece for each item. For example, for trust accounting I explained that I am Direct Access qualified (I sent over the lever arch of study material for that course). I explained, making reference to the course material, how I understood the restrictions on dealing with client money, etc etc and how I deployed that in practice. I used the University of New England. They are very quick at responding to online queries and will provide individual course quotes. The university was very easy to deal with overall and I would recommend it. Don't forget about the (not insignificant) cost of buying textbooks and shipping them over. I used the UNE book shop. So I did continue to work. I had the luxury of being self-employed, which meant I could take the days off for the 3 hour exams, which I took at the University of Leeds. All the exams were open book, which took some of the pressure of revision, but I still prepared crib sheets with key cases, etc so I wasn't wading through my course notes or text book. The study during the term was intense. Its an 11 week course (I think) for each subject. You have your 3 hour exam during week 12. So if you get behind with the work you end up in a bad place! Every week involves at least 100 pages plus of text book reading across two textbooks, usually. In addition there is a 2-3 hour lecture to watch AND a 1 hour tutorial. That is all per 1 subject. I studied over 2 semesters and did 2 subjects in both semesters. So that was 200 pages, 2 letters, etc. In week 5 (again I think) there is a 2,500 word coursework per subject to complete that is usually 30-40% of your final grade. Is that any help?
  14. LawyerAbroad

    189 Visa Application - Lawyer, Barrister, Solicitor

    Hi, so yes the first step is to get your qualifications assessed by one of the State Legal Admissions Board. Whether you would have the same number of courses as me, just comes down to what they say. I had to do four academic and two practical legal training, which I know is fewer than most people. This isn't a quick process and there is always the risk you will start cross-qualifying, only to find that Barrister / Solicitor is taken off the list! It has been flagged for removal in years past. Good luck
  15. LawyerAbroad

    189 Visa Application - Lawyer, Barrister, Solicitor

    Hi selfhelp My profuse apologies for my tardy reply. I haven't been on the site for a while! About to DM you. Kind regards
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