To help maximise efficiency and productivity, we offer a range of professional support and business development services.
We offer a range of business services to help law practices and individual solicitors maximise efficiency and productivity. Our Legal Information Officer can assist with general guidance across a range of areas, including business, criminal, employment, family, general litigation, property, powers of attorney, and wills and estates. We can help you sell or buy a legal practice, and our locum service provides quick solutions for immediate resourcing needs.
Lawyers Assistance Program
The program is a free, confidential service for solicitors experiencing practice management issues. The program coordinator is an experienced solicitor who can refer members to counsellors, agencies or schemes for assistance.
Professional standards and compliance
We can assist with ethics, costs and compliance issues. Our Professional Conduct Advisory Panel provides support to solicitors subject to disciplinary proceedings, including complaints, show cause events, and trust accounting issues. Our experienced Ethics Unit provides free advice for solicitors facing ethical issues.
Our Solicitor Referral Service helps members of the public find law firms appropriate for their individual circumstances, while our Pro Bono Scheme connects firms willing to provide pro bono assistance for disadvantaged members of the community in need of legal services.
Knowledge is power. We inform our members so they’re ahead of the game.
We create quality, expert content across our extensive print and digital publications. We provide practical information, educational resources and essential updates to cover all your needs. This year, we are launching a suite of enhanced digital products aimed at making our publications even more accessible.
LSJ – print and digital
Our award-winning flagship publication, LSJ, is published monthly in print and digital formats. It features contributions from the creme de la creme of the legal profession, as well as a network of talented journalists. For those who prefer their content online, we now have LSJ online – a beautiful, mobile responsive website where you can find all your LSJ content. In 2019, we are launching a full digital archive of LSJ featuring every edition since 1963.
E-newsletters and other resources
Monday Briefs, our most popular e-newsletter, covers key issues and events happening each week and offers valuable and timely updates on important news and developments, legislative changes, exclusive services for members, as well as upcoming seminars and training.
Our segmented e-newsletters, including In the House, Public Record and Small Talk, provide bi-monthly inspiration and insights, no matter what field you’re working in. Our range of other resources from books to leaflets, blogs and handbooks are all available via our e-shop or behind our member-only firewall.
There are plenty of CPD providers on the market, but none understand your needs, habits and interests quite like we do.
CPD via LawInform
Join the thousands of solicitors who have chosen the Law Society to advance their career and stay on top of their professional development. Our CPD program, accessible via our LawInform portal, aims to enhance the knowledge of solicitors and provide the perfect opportunity to network with peers and experts. Our profession-leading courses are available in both virtual and face-to-face environments.
Our CPD program is one of the largest in Australia and provides free CPD points tracking. Law Society members receive up to a 30 per cent discount on all courses (excluding the Practice Management Course).
Specialist Accreditation enables practitioners to gain recognition as an expert in their area of law. It is a significant achievement and valuable asset that allows practitioners to differentiate themselves from their colleagues and competitors, enhance their reputation, and demonstrate commitment to being a valued and experienced practitioner.
The accreditation highlights to both the public and the profession a solicitor’s legal knowledge, skills and services. Applications to this program are only available to Law Society members.
Managing a busy legal career can take a toll on your health. We’re here to help.
The Law Society has a diverse set of services and resources designed to keep you well and thriving as you practise. We’re here to support you at any time in your career when you face a challenge to your wellbeing.
Being a member of the Law Society allows you to access wellness and counselling services targeted to lawyers. These include Lifeline for Lawyers for 24/7 confidential crisis support, and the Law Society’s Specialist Panel, which provides members with confidential access to healthcare professionals such as psychologists and counsellors experienced in working with lawyers.
Courses and resources
Members can access CPD sessions on staying well in the law and managing common wellbeing issues. Members also can access online information and resources that will help you understand and build professional resilience, as well as make healthy choices as you practise. Our various mentoring programs, including for women and young lawyers, are extremely popular, and help you feel supported in the profession.
Member Benefits program
Our Member Benefits program entitles you to a range of health benefits via our partners, including Bupa and F45. Visit Member Connexions online.
Events and conferences
Meet, greet, learn and celebrate at the Law Society’s extensive range of onsite and external events.
The Law Society is proud to host a wide range of events each year, from inspiring thought leadership panels to networking events, gala balls, exclusive member dinners, fundraising events and more. We bring together representatives from the legal, political and business worlds to network, discuss ideas, exchange opportunities, and forge friendships and solutions.
Our industry-leading conferences and events cover a spectrum of legal and business-related topics in a face-to-face environment, providing the perfect opportunity to learn as you interact with peers and experts.
Our extensive range of events includes:
- Opening of Law Term Dinner
- Annual Members Dinner
- Young Professionals Charity Ball
- Golden Gavel competition
- Regional Law Society events
- Extensive range of CPD and educational seminars
- Government Solicitors Conference
- Just Art and Just Music nights
- President’s initiative fundraising events
- Thought Leadership seminars and forums
- Future of Law and Innovation in the Profession (FLIP) Conference and Innovation Dinner
- So much more!
Share your skills and knowledge, network and connect with the broader community through our volunteer program.
Our network of expert policy committees draws on the collective knowledge and experience of members to promote public debate on law reform and legal policy issues.
Join a committee
Members have the opportunity to make a direct impact on law reform and policy development by serving on one of 18 expert policy and practice committees. The Law Society committees bring solicitors together to actively engage in law reform through policy submissions. They also provide solicitors with a range of useful resources in specific areas of practice.
Members will be invited to apply for committee positions in September each year. The Law Society’s committees have their powers, authorities and tasks delegated by the Council. They are established as a source of expert advice and assistance to Council, the Law Society and the profession.
Give back to the community
The Law Society is always looking for volunteers to assist with the annual Mock Law and mentoring programs. Whatever your area of expertise, you will find something of interest at the Law Society.
A diverse and engaged community of graduates, young lawyers and new practitioners awaits.
NSW Young Lawyers (NSWYL) is the largest body of young and newly-practising lawyers and law students in Australia. With more than 50 years of experience and expertise to support practitioners in the early stages of their career, discovering all that NSWYL offers is a must for young (under 36) and newly-practising (first five years) Law Society members. Begin your journey with the Law Society today and be the voice for young lawyers in NSW.
NSWYL has 15 committees, each dedicated to developing policy and advocating in a particular practice area. It also has a Special Committee of Law Student Societies with representatives from all universities. The success of NSWYL is contingent on the passion, initiative and commitment of its volunteer committees.
Events and resources
The organisation delivers an exciting calendar of events for members and the wider community. NSWYL has a range of professional projects including submissions to government, creating practitioner’s guides and other publications, and facilitating public forums and pro bono activities.
NSWYL provides members with the perfect platform to extend their network, expand their leadership opportunities, and contribute to the profession. It also offers the fundamental support needed to advance your professional development.
The iconic Law Society building, easily accessible and located in the Sydney CBD, offers an extensive range of services.
Purpose-built to meet a range of corporate needs, the Law Society is the perfect venue for hosting networking events, cocktail functions, training sessions, workshops, seminars and more.
Your central location for business meetings large and small the Law Society building includes our restaurant, The Dining Room, open weekdays to both members and the public. A series of function rooms are also available, which can be divided into different sizes to accommodate various groups and event styles, in addition to well-equipped training rooms. Members also have access to complimentary meeting rooms.
Library and research services
The library holds a comprehensive collection of law reports, precedents, textbooks, loose-leaf practice books and digital resources. The Library Research Service can help you find the answers to simple enquiries, or relevant materials for a particular matter.
Mediation and arbitration facilities
The Law Society provides purpose-designed mediation, arbitration and meeting facilities in a private and secure environment. Located on Level 12, the facilities offer superbly appointed rooms with adjoining party rooms and optional catering.
Shop and e-shop
The shop on Level 1 offers member discounts on a range of publications, legal documents and merchandise. Alternatively, visit our e-shop.
MEMBERS & PRACTICE CONNEXIONS
Member Connexions and Practice Connexions are bespoke member benefits programs that offer discounts and benefits exclusively to members of the Law Society. Member Connexions offers a range of personal and lifestyle products and services. Practice Connexions offers business discounts and benefits for small to medium sized legal practices and sole practitioners.