Admission of legal practitioners

LEGAL REQUIREMENTS

Admission of legal practitioners (CM. 25.1.95)

That the NSW Council for Civil Liberties condemns the new requirements for the admission of legal practitioners instigated by the Law Society of NSW as unnecessarily restrictive, severely curtailing the opportunity for many persons to be admitted as legal practitioners.

This affects the civil liberties of people in NSW in two ways: It severely restricts the opportunity to enter the legal profession by persons without either substantial funds or close contacts with legal practitioners and gives unprecedented control over who is
admitted to the profession by those already in the profession. By necessary implication, it restricts the pool of legal practitioners from which the public may wish to obtain legal advice.