How to apply
Applications for Specialist Accreditation in 2018 are now open. Click here to apply.
Discover the areas of law in which you can become an accredited specialist.
For everything you need to know about the application and assessment processes, download the 2018 Guide to Application and Assessment.
Are you eligible to become an Accredited Specialist?
To take part in our Specialist Accreditation program you must:
Hold a current solicitor’s practising certificate;
Be a current solicitor member of the Law Society of NSW or full solicitor member of an equivalent body in an Australian state or territory;
Be engaged in the practice of law on a full time basis for at least 5 years;
In each of the three years immediately preceding your application, have been engaged in the area of practice or law in which you would like to become an Accreditation Specialist;
In the three years preceding this application, have practised in the area for not less than 25% of full time practice.
In relation to any period during which a practitioner has worked part-time in the 3 years preceding this application, the practitioner has undertaken work in this area not less than the equivalent of 25% of full time practice (for example: not less than 2.5 days per fortnight working exclusively in the area).
Note: The definition of a solicitor can be found in s.6 of the Legal Profession Uniform Law (NSW).
- Specialist Accreditation Program
- The Law Society of NSW
- 170 Phillip Street
- Sydney NSW 2000
- DX 362 Sydney
- T: (02) 9926 0305
- F: (02) 9926 0166
- E: firstname.lastname@example.org