- Apprentice Lawyer
The path to practising in Australia has been made easier for students of Jindal Global Law School (JGLS), after the Law Council of Australia (LCA) recently recognized the law school.
The LCA and the Law Admissions Consultative Committee (LACC) gave the green signal to all LL.B. degrees offered at JGLS, making it the first Indian law college to be recognized by Australia.
Commenting on the development, Founding Vice Chancellor of O.P. Jindal Global University and Dean of JGLS, Prof. Raj Kumar said,
“The recognition by the LCA is also a part of our vision to promote opportunities for further study and work in Australia. Australia hosts numerous world class law schools and many top law firms. However, despite the similarities between our legal systems, Australia remains a relatively untouched option in terms of further studies and work.”
In 1992, the LACC determined eleven subjects (known as the Priestley 11) that a person had to pass in order to practice law in Australia. These subjects include Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Company Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, and Federal and State Constitutional Law, among others.
Now, the LACC has recognised that JGLS students will have pre-approval of seven of these subjects, assuming they score more than a minimum grade in those subjects. These students will only have to complete four prescribed subjects and complete their practical legal training in order to become a qualified practising lawyer in Australia.
Therefore, the passing of the Priestley 11, which would take years to complete, has now been made much easier for JGLS students.
This development comes in the background of the inauguration of the Centre for India Australia Studies (CIAS) at JGLS last year. CIAS has been working to create opportunities for Indian stuents to gain work experience in Australia, and vice-versa. The Centre has tied up with various Australian firms, government departments in order to arrange internships for JGLS students. Last year, two students interned at Mitry Lawyers in Sydney.