The Sri Lanka Law College functions under the Council of Legal Education(under the Council of Legal Education Ordinance No.2 of 1900) to administer legal education to person who desire to be enrolled in the Bar of Sri Lanka. The Law College is the only Institution which offers a complete course of study leading to examinations for those desiring to qualify for admission to the profession.
As at today, while other Institutions (eg. University of Colombo, the Open University of Sri Lanka and University of Jaffna) offer academic courses leading to a degree or other academic qualification relating to law, persons become eligible to practise the law, only after admission to the profession as provided for in the Rules of the Council of Legal Education. Thus, the Law College is the only gateway to the legal profession in Sri Lanka. Members of the profession are called Attorneys-at-Law.