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Specialist Areas & Key Dates

“Achieving specialist accreditation gave great definition to my career, enabling key progressions and more confident use of my developed skills.”
Daniel Kelliher, LIV Accredited Specialist in Wills and Estates Law


Accredited Specialisation is offered biennially in 16 areas of law.  

Areas of Accredited Specialisation

Click on the areas of law below to find out more about the assessment program and key dates.



COVID-19 update

The Accredited specialisation program will be continued to be offered in 2020. 

The LIV has consulted broadly to understand the impact that COVID-19 has presented to each practice area and practitioners’ capacity to complete their Specialisation this year. Despite the current challenges of remote working and the evolving legal landscape, it is critical that we continue to look beyond these immediate circumstances and ensure we are set up for the future and allow you the opportunity to set yourself apart as an expert in your field.

To support applicants through this time:

  • We have adjusted the program timings, so the LIV can best support applicants and provide continuity
  • We will be offering enhanced support through the learning management system (LMS) – including forums, additional resources, online discussions and digital study groups
  • Offering payment instalment options for the application fee (further information will be available shortly)
  • We will be planning for a complete digital delivery of the assessments in September.

New dates are as follows:

  • Monday 24 February – Accredited Specialisation Information Evening
  • Friday 15 May – Special Consideration Application closing date
  • Friday 29 May – Application closing date
  • Week of 29 June – Examination Techniques Session
  • Early-mid September  – Written Examination
  • September – Oral assessments and take home assignments
  • Early December– Results sent. Candidates will be advised by email
  • TBC – Accredited Specialisation Conferral Ceremony


Please email or call 03 9607 9460 if you require further assistance.


Accredited Specialisation
T: 03 9607 9460