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The LIV offers Accredited Specialisation across 16 legal areas. Set yourself apart as an expert in your field and become an Accredited Specialist.

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Ensure you are meeting your ongoing requirements, learn about professional development available, and discover how to make the most of your exclusive status.

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Learn more about what constitutes Accredited Specialist professional development, our leading Breakfast with the Experts series and additional resources available.

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About Accredited Specialisation

The Accredited Specialisation program has operated for more than 25 years and has accredited more than 1100 specialists across 16 areas of law. LIV Accredited Specialisation sets you apart as an expert in your field, providing a definitive mark of excellence for peers and clients.

Mark of excellence

Accredited Specialisation is a significant achievement, providing practitioners with the opportunity to:

  • Attain a higher level of competence and specialist skills
  • Enhance career development and opportunities
  • Achieve greater recognition among peers
  • Promote their expertise in a particular area of law
  • Differentiate themselves from others practising in a specialty area
  • Increase referral work from the public and peers.

National Accreditation

Since the LIV introduced the Accredited Specialisation program in 1989, law societies in other states have followed suit. Family law, immigration law, mediation and tax law are currently offered on a national basis, with workplace relations building strength on a national level.

The Specialisation Board supports accreditation on a national scale by sharing information and resources and seeking common ground on policy and procedural matters. The LIV maintains a leadership role in the accreditation of interstate specialists – and the law societies Victoria has a relationship with.

Mutual Recognition

The mutual recognition scheme has been developed by the law societies in each state to assist practitioners who wish to have their specialist accreditation gained in one state recognised in another state. You may be moving interstate or your firm may deal with clients from both states. For more information about conditions for recognition and fees, please view the Mutual Recognition Fact Sheet.

Credit Pathways

Current and aspiring accredited specialists may be interested in the reciprocal credit pathways recently introduced between the Specialisation Board and some Victorian universities and other tertiary institutions. The credit pathways are offered at a Master level both for accredited specialists commencing a Master of Laws (LLM) and LLM graduates commencing the Accredited Specialisation program. More information is below in the FAQs.

Contact

If you have any questions about our Accredited Specialisation program, or want to know more about upcoming activities and events for accredited specialists, please contact the Accredited Specialisation department at:

T: 03 9607 9460
E: special@liv.asn.au

 

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  • Complex Property Issues in Estate Planning & Estate Administration

    This 'Breakfast with the Experts' session takes an in-depth look at joint tenancy, severance and forward estate planning when time is short, as well as valuation of assets and occupation rights.

    Wed 29 Sep - 09:00 AM
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  • Prospective Accredited Specialist Networking Evening

    Accredited Specialisation offers the opportunity to set yourself apart as an expert in your area of law. If you have 5 years of post-admission experience and are interested in applying for accredited specialisation in 2022, we invite you to join us for an informal virtual networking evening.

    Wed 20 Oct - 05:30 PM
    Online

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  • Upcoming Accredited Specialisation Events

    Learn about upcoming Accredited Specialisation information sessions, professional development and other programs and events specifically designed for Accredited Specialists.



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  • Succession Law Conference

    LIV Member early bird price available until 17 September.

    Featuring a keynote presentation by Supreme Court Registrar of Probates Kate Price, don’t miss this opportunity to debate key developments in the sector and connect with industry leaders and reputed practitioners in the field.

    Fri 08 Oct - 09:00 AM
    Online

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