The Legal Profession Admission Board was created on 1 October 2005 under section 679 of the Legal Profession Act, 2004. It is a corporation with the corporate name of the Legal Profession Admission Board and is not and does not represent the Crown. (1) It is the successor to the Legal Practitioners Admission Board. (2)
The Legal Profession Admission Board consisted of 11 members, being:
(a) the Chief Justice of New South Wales, and
(b) 3 Judges of the Supreme Court nominated by the Chief Justice of New South Wales, and
(c) the Attorney General or a person appointed by the Attorney General
(d) 2 persons nominated by the Committee of NSW Law Deans, and
(e) 2 barristers nominated by the Bar Council, and
(f) 2 solicitors nominated by the Law Society Council. (3)
maintained the rolls of lawyers and public notaries
administered the Student-at-Law examinations (Diploma in Law)
processed applications for admission as a lawyer, appointment as a public notary, registration as a Student-at-Law and various applications under the Board’s rules
assessed the qualifications and experience of applicants for admission to the profession, including applicants from interstate or overseas
provided certificates, diplomas, academic records and other documents to lawyers, students-at-law and professional bodies
provided application forms, information booklets and advice in relation to the above services
accredited law degree courses and courses of practical legal training in New South Wales. (4)
The Board reported to the Assistant Director General, Legal Services within the Attorney General's Department. (5)
From 1 July 2009 when the Attorney General's Department was abolished the Legal Profession Admission Board became a branch of the new Principal Department, the Department of Justice and Attorney General. (6)
From 4 April 2011 when the name of the Department of Justice and Attorney General was changed the Legal Profession Admission Board became a branch of the Department of Attorney General and Justice. (7)
(1) Legal Profession Act, 2004 (Act No.112) s.679; NSW Government Gazette (No.105), 19 August 2005, p.4570.
(2) Attorney General's Department, Annual Report, 2004-05, p.36 (Legal Practitioner Admission Board); and, Attorney General Department's Annual Report, 2005-06, p.108 (Legal Profession Admission Board).
(3) Legal Profession Act, 2004, s.680.
(4) Lawlink website http://www.lawlink.nsw.gov.au/lawlink/lpab/ll_lpab.nsf/pages/lpab_aboutus (accessed 16 July 2007).
(5) Attorney General's Department, Annual Report, 2005-06, p.25.
(6) Public Sector Employment and Management (Departmental Amalgamations) Order 2009 (2009 No 352) cls. 20; notified on NSW Legislation website, 27 July 2009.
(7) Public Sector Employment and Management (Departments) Order 2011 (2011 No 184) cls. 36; notified on NSW Legislation website, 3 April 2011.