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Bar exams
The distinctive feature of practice at the Bar is advocacy before the courts and other tribunals. Accordingly, the Bar Council sets examinations of a practical orientation in subjects related specifically to advocacy.
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Bar exams in a nutshell
Your quick guide to pass marks, fees, exam policies and more. Learn More >>

Important information

Preparation for the Bar exams
The Bar Association does not endorse courses provided by bodies other than the Bar Association.  Upon registering for the Bar Exams candidates are provided with examination material, including past papers and reading lists.  Examination tutorials are also offered by the Bar Association in the weeks prior to the examinations.


pic Bar Association Exams Policy
[Bar Council resolution 15 June 2006]
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pic Registration and exam dates
Registration means confirmation, by a given date, of intention to undertake the Bar examinations. Learn more >>
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    Pass mark
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picIn order to pass the exams a candidate must attain a mark of 75 per cent in each of the three examinations. Passing all three examinations is a condition precedent to undertaking the Bar Practice Course



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    Period of currency
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picCurrency for exam passes may be retained for ten months, ie, all three exams must be passed over a ten month period, so that the examinee is qualified to commence the Bar Practice Course within ten months of receiving a notification of a pass in the first of the exams sat.

An applicant may apply in writing to the Director of Professional Development for an extension of exam currency.
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