Victorian Bar Entrance Exam
The next exam information session will be held on Tuesday 23 July 2013 from 5.30pm - 6.30pm in the Neil McPhee Room, Level 1, Owen Dixon Chambers East, 205 William Street, Melbourne.
Exam information session, held Tuesday 26 February 2013 available below
Gen Info - Entrance Exam
How do I apply to sit the exam?
To sit the exam, please register using the registration form below. Please note applications for the 30 October 2013 exam will close 5.00pm on 30 September 2013.
When are exams held?
The Bar entrance exam will be held in May (for the September readers’ course) and October (for the March readers’ course) each year from 2012.
How much does it cost to apply?
Candidates must pay a non-refundable application fee of $390 prior to sitting the exam.
What happens after I sit the exam?
Approximately 4 - 6 weeks after the exam, you will be notified of your result and may receive an offer to commence the readers’ course.
If you succeed in getting an offer you will be expected to participate in the next readers’ course, approximately two months from the date you receive notification. A deferral to the next reading period may be granted only in exceptional circumstances. An exceptional circumstance includes where your current employment contract requires more than two months’ notice of resignation. You cannot defer beyond the next reading period.
If you are unsuccessful in obtaining an offer you are welcome to sit the exam for future intakes, provided you pay the non-refundable application fee.
Can I sit the exam if I am overseas?
Yes, but you must give notice to the Bar Office at the time of registering for the exam. You will be expected to organise the exam with your local Australian embassy, who will supervise the exam and send it back to us. If this is not viable, candidates will need to submit a proposed alternative exam process to the Bar Office for consideration.
If I am ill is it possible to apply for special consideration?
A request for special consideration must be made at the time of exam or as soon as possible thereafter. Special consideration will only be used if the candidate would not otherwise receive an offer.