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This page contains information about supervised legal practice (SLP) conditions on practising certificates.

Once the required period of supervision is complete, you must apply to us to have the condition removed from your practising certificate.  You don’t have to hold a current practising certificate to make this application.  

  1. download our template application form and supervisor letter
  2. ask your supervisor(s) to complete the supervisor letter confirming you have completed your period of supervised practice. Please note that we will accept electronic signatures from your supervisors.
  3. complete the application form and statutory declaration.
  4. send both the application form and your supervisor(s) letters to us via our lawyer enquiry form, selecting ‘Supervised legal practice’ from the categories.

More information about SLP is available here.

Generally no. However in some circumstances we may agree to a lawyer with a SLP condition being supervised by a principal at the same law practice. Please use the lawyer enquiry form to discuss this with a member of our team. Select ‘Practising certificate’ from the category. 

We may approve this in some cases where the remote supervision relates only to location. You should always create a remote supervision plan at the start of your supervision period. However we may apply some discretion and ask you for evidence of how you were supervised. This may be time consuming so to avoid delays in removing your SLP condition a remote supervision plan is strongly recommended.

There are extremely rare scenarios where someone can be supervised external to their place of practice. If you propose a scenario where you will be supervised by a practitioner at an external entity you should seek approval from us before engaging in this kind of remote supervision arrangement. 

Electronic signatures

We accept electronic signatures from supervisors on the supervisor letter.

Multiple supervisors

If you have been supervised by different supervisors over your SLP period (i.e. you have changed jobs or your supervisor changed) you will need to get all your supervisors to complete a letter. 

If you have been supervised by multiple supervisors at the same organisation (i.e. you report into several partners in the same firm) you only need to get one supervisor to complete a letter.

Leaving an organisation

If you are leaving an organisation we recommend you ask your supervisor to complete their letter before you finish your role. The supervisor letter template will need to be updated to remove reference to sighting the statutory declaration.

Your supervisor is leaving

If your supervisor is leaving the organisation we recommend you ask them to complete the letter before they finish their role. The supervisor letter template will need to be updated to remove reference to sighting the statutory declaration.

If your supervisor is leaving and there is no supervisor to replace them please contact us urgently. You cannot practice unsupervised.

I can’t get a letter from my supervisor, what do I do?

If you are not able to contact your supervisor, or there is a problem getting your letter, please contact us and we may be able to assist you. Use the lawyer enquiry form, selecting ‘Supervised legal practice’ from the categories.

Yes. However make sure you keep good records of the hours worked and obtain supervisor letters from relevant supervisors at each location.

Where you have engaged in legal practice overseas you may be able to apply for an exemption from SLP using the template for exemption on our website.  

These applications will be considered in line with our supervised legal practice policy, which is available on our website.  

Where you work full-time ordinary periods of leave do not need to be deducted from the period of supervised legal practice.

Any additional periods such as long service leave, unpaid leave and parental leave will not contribute to your period of supervised legal practice. 

You will need to pro-rata the time that you have engaged in supervised legal practice. For example, someone engaging in supervised legal practice 2.5 days per week, without any additional periods of leave would complete their supervised legal practice period in 4 years.

To calculate your full time equivalent (FTE) you should times the working days in a period by the percentage of supervised legal practice you engaged in. For example someone engaging in supervised legal practice 3 days per week has a FTE of .6. 

No. You can apply to have your SLP condition removed even if you are not employed.

No. The required period is 18 months or 2 years supervised legal practice (depending on how you qualified for admission). This period cannot be reduced to be completed in a shorter timeframe. 

Yes, however you need to meet certain conditions.

If you work at a different location or entity to your supervisor (including interstate):

If you are engaged as an employee at a law practice and are being supervised remotely due to COVID-19 by someone at the same law practice:

More information about remote supervision arrangements is available on our website.   

You need to meet Victoria’s requirements before you can have your SLP condition removed. Time spent being supervised interstate does count towards your period of supervision. You will need to have any interstate supervisors complete the supervisor letter and provide this with your application.

No. You must be supervised while subject to the SLP condition. 

In certain circumstances, you may be granted an exemption from some or all of the supervision period.  For example, if you have practiced overseas you may be able to claim an exemption.

You can apply for an exemption from SLP using the template for exemption on our website.  

These applications will be considered in line with our supervised legal practice policy, which is available on our website. 

No. You are not permitted to supervise the legal work of other lawyers when subject to the SLP condition yourself. You must have the SLP condition removed from your practising certificate first.

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