Queensland Law Society

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Bar Association of Queensland

The Bar Association of Queensland was established in 1903 as the professional body representing the interests of members of the Bar practising in Queensland.

Whilst the scope and functions of the Association have broadened since its establishment, its primary goals of promoting the rule of law and maintaining the high ethical standards of the Bar remain in place. Since July 2004, the Association has assumed important regulatory responsibilities under the Legal Profession Act 2007 (Qld) and issues practising certificates for local legal practitioners who wish to practise as a barrister.

Membership is available to all barristers practising in Queensland, to interstate barristers and to others associated with the legal profession. The Association provides a comprehensive range of member benefits and services, including regular continuing professional development (CPD) seminars, conferences, mentoring through our Readers system, and on-going professional advice and assistance.

Working as a barrister is intellectually stimulating and rewarding. For many barristers, the independence and challenge of having to rely on their own skill and reputation to earn a living is a very satisfying aspect of life at the private Bar. To become a Barrister, you need to be an admitted legal practitioner and successfully undertake the Bar Practice Course run by the Association. However, before applying for a position in the Bar Practice Course, you must pass the Bar Exams which consists of three examinations, focusing on legal ethics, practice and procedure, and evidence.

The Association’s Bar Practice Course is a full time six week course with a strong practical and interactive emphasis. The majority of sessions are conducted by members of the Bar, the Judiciary and the Magistracy. The course is held twice per year, with exams also being held twice per year.

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Women Lawyers Association of Queensland Inc (WLAQ)

Women Lawyers Association of Queensland Inc (WLAQ) is an organisation dedicated to women who are jurists, practising professionals, legal academics, legal graduates and students of law. WLAQ was formed in 1978 by Leneen Forde AC (Founding President) and Carmel MacDonald, Veronica McCarthy, Barbara Newton, Fay Silcock, Joan Bennett, Mollie Whitehouse, Una Prentice, Noela L’estrange, Margaret McMurdo and Ros Lian.

The creation of WLAQ was a historic moment. It demonstrated that when women worked together we could achieve more for the advancement of women in the law, than individuals acting alone. WLAQ is proud of the legacy the committees of years past and has recognised those achievements through the conferral of its honorary membership.

As an association of professionals, we seek to help members directly and indirectly by:

  • raising awareness and proposing changes on issues facing women in law
  • advocating for appointments on merit
  • providing resources around flexible working arrangements
  • liaising with other peak bodies including the Bar Association of Queensland and Queensland Law Society
  • supporting mentoring and guiding of more junior members
  • organising events to provide networking and educational opportunities

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Bond University

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College of Law

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