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Bar exams in a nutshell






  • It is necessary to pass all three Bar exams before commencing the Bar Practice Course.

  • Subjects examined are 'Ethics for barristers', 'Aspects of evidence' and 'Practice and procedure for barristers'.

  • A pass mark is 75 per cent for each examination.

  • A pass has a currency of ten months. That is, full time practice at the Bar must commence within ten months of passing the exams.

  • Candidates may take the three examinations over more than one sitting.

  • If an exam is failed, it may be attempted again at a subsequent sitting, but repeated failure could lead to loss of currency of previously passed exams.

  • A non-refundable fee of $250.00 per examination is administered.  Once registered it is not possible to transfer your registration to the next examination period.

  • Applicants are advised not to give notice of termination to employers until examination results and an offer of a place confirms entry to the full-time course.

  • Admission to the Supreme Court is not a pre-requisite for sitting the Bar exams.  Admission is a pre-requisite for commencing practice.

  • Overseas or interstate sittings may be arranged through the Education Assistant: professionaldevelopment@nswbar.asn.au. Candidates sitting as 'distance candidates' will be required to sit their examinations prior to the Sydney candidates. Sitting dates will be provided on application.

  • View the Bar Council's resolutions with respect to the Bar Association Examinations Policy and other Professional Development related policies