The easiest way to become a Lawyer in Sri Lanka is to enter Law College. Each year Sri Lanka Law College conducts an entrance Examination. You only need 3 A/L passes and 3 O/L Credit passes in English and Sinhala/Tamil to enter Law College and become a Lawyer.
Sri Lanka Law College - General Entrance Examination 2022
Admission of students for the academic year 2023 - Apply before 16th October 2022
(See details below)
Law Entrance is a competitive examination that admits about 1050 students to Law College. A student who enters Law College has to sit 3 examinations at the end of the first 3 years at law College. Thereafter the student has to do practical training. He can then take oaths as an Attorney-at Law (Lawyer).
The Sri Lanka Law College has trained almost all the lawyers in Sri Lanka and it is the only gateway to the legal profession in the country.
There are three main channels of admission to the College.
1 - Law Entrance Examination
Direct admission of those who qualify via Law Entrance Examination for admission. The minimum academic qualification recognised for admission is four passes in the General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level) Examination and credit passes in Sinhala/Tamil in the General Certificate of Education (Ordinary Level) Examination. The entrance examination is highly competitive and only a limited number gain admission on the results of this examination.
2 - Law Graduates from Other Universities
Admission of Law graduates of Sri Lankan and foreign Universities - LL.B (Bachelor of Laws) Degree holders from either the University of Colombo, Peradeniya, Jaffna or Open University of Sri Lanka can enter this way. These Law graduates need not sit the entrance examination and they are also exempted from taking the first and second year examinations. They only need to take the final examination at the Law College.
Graduates from foreign universities such as University of London LL.B degree holders can also enter to Law college and become a lawyer this way.
3 - Members of the legal profession of commonwealth countries
The Attorneys at Law course at the Law College is of 3 years duration except for the law graduates as above referred to. On passing the final examination students have to undergo an apprenticeship of six months under a lawyer of at least 8 years standing and follow a practical training course conducted by the Law College with the assistance of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka and their senior members.
Law Entrance Examination
The CLE (Council of Legal Education) conducts an entrance examination each year for eligible persons, for sthe election of students to Law College.
The minimum educational qualifications to sit the Entrance Examination are as follows:-
a) Two credit passes and one simple pass (except General English and General Knowledge subjects) at one and the same sitting at the Sri Lanka GCE (A/L) Examination; and
(b) Credit passes in English Language AND Sinhala/Tamil Language at the G.C.E.(O/L) or N.C.G.E. Examination;and
(c) Applicants should have completed seventeen years of age at the date on which submission of applications closes. For other qualifications, refer to http://www.sllc.ac.lk/sub_pgs/admission.htm
LAW ENTRANCE EXAMINATION
All applicants must sit for the General Entrance Examination to be held ONLY in Colombo on November 20, 2022.
The question papers for the Examination are as follows:
- Language Skills
- General Knowledge and General Intelligence
A candidate can elect to answer the General Knowledge and General Intelligence Paper in the Sinhala, Tamil, or English Language.
If the candidate elects to answer the General Knowledge and General Intelligence Paper in either the Sinhala Language or the Tamil Language, the candidate should elect to sit for the English Language Paper. If the candidate elects to answer the General Knowledge and General Intelligence Paper in the English Language, the candidate should elect to sit for either the Sinhala Language or the Tamil Language Paper.
The Law College does not offer any courses to prepare students for the Entrance Examination, but there are classes conducted by different private institutes.
Check the details of latest curriculum here:
Sri Lanka Law College
244 Hulftsdorp Street, Colombo 12 P.O. Box Address. P.O. Box 1501, Colombo
Telephone # 94-1-473119, 323759. Fax: 94-1-385847 E - mail : <[email protected]>
For details visit Law College Official web site