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A stronger profession together

Membership of the Law Institute of Victoria connects you with a collegiate community of peers and provides access to high quality education, resources, networks and opportunities so you are best placed to achieve professional excellence throughout your career. 

The LIV continues to play an invaluable role as the trusted resource, advocacy and networking organisation for law firms across the state. This year during COVID-19, the LIV has excelled in responding to the needs of its members, providing the latest in online resources and information, practical learning options and opportunities to network and build connections in a virtual world. Significantly, and more than ever, the LIV has advocated strongly with key players on behalf of its members, ensuring continued access to justice and an ability to serve our clients in difficult times.”

Genevieve Collins, Chief Executive Partner, Lander & Rogers Lawyers

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Member Benefits Are Within Your Reach

Join the LIV and gain access to a range of benefits exclusive to LIV members. Your membership also supports the LIV's efforts to advocate on issues that matter to the profession on your behalf. Click the icons below to learn more about LIV member benefits:

About LIV Membership

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Membership Categories & Eligibility Requirements

LIV membership is divided into three categories: practising full membership, affiliate membership and student membership. These categories are further divided into membership types, each of which have clearly defined eligibility requirements. Use the information below to determine which membership type is most suitable for you.

Practising Full Membership Requirements

Firm Member: Hold a current Victorian Practising Certificate and work mainly in a firm or as a sole practitioner. Must participate in or apply for exemption from the Professional Standards Scheme.

Corporate Lawyer Member: Hold a current Victorian Corporate or Employee Practising Certificate and work mainly as in-house counsel for a business.

Government Lawyer Member: Hold a current Victorian Government or Employee Practising Certificate and work mainly for a government organisation.

Legal Aid Member: Hold a current Victorian Practising Certificate with a "Government" Practising Certificate type and are employed at Victoria Legal Aid.

New Solicitor Member: Admitted to practice after 1 January 2020 and hold a current Victorian Practising Certificate. Must participate in or apply for exemption from the Professional Standards Scheme (if eligible).

Honorary Member: 50 years continuous membership of the LIV or awarded to individuals as decided by the LIV Council.

Community Legal Centre Lawyer Member: Hold a current Victorian Practising Certificate and are employed by, or volunteer with an LIV member CLC as your main source of legal work

*Visit the Practising Full Members: Membership Types & Benefits page for additional information.

Affiliate Membership Requirements

Barrister Member: Hold a current Victorian Practising Certificate and engage in legal practice solely as a barrister.

Judicial Member: Employed in the judiciary.

Interstate Lawyer Member: Hold a current Australian Practising Certificate issued outside of Victoria.

Legal Practice Support Member: Employed to support a legal practice or practitioner, such as a paralegal, practice manager, HR professional or law librarian.

Non-Practising Member: Have previously been admitted to practise law; however, do not hold a current Australian Practising Certificate.

"Other" Member: Demonstrate a link to the legal sector not captured in an existing membership type.

Overseas Lawyer Member: Have previously been admitted to practise law; however, reside overseas and do not hold a current Australian Practising Certificate.

Retired Member: Have previously been admitted to practise law; however, have retired from practice and do not hold a current Australian Practising Certificate.

Graduate Member: Have completed a law degree but are not yet admitted to practice

*Visit the Affiliate Members: Membership Types & Benefits page for additional information.

Student Membership Requirements

Student Member: Studying law at an undergraduate or postgraduate level and have not yet been admitted to practise law.

*Visit the Student & Graduate Members: Membership Types & Benefits page for additional information.

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How to Join the LIV

There are three ways to apply to become an LIV member.

  1. Online – Click the button below to complete the online application form:

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  2. Call – Speak to a member of the LIV membership team by calling 03 9607 9470, Mon to Fri, 9am–5pm.
     
  3. Post or email – Download the appropriate PDF application form and return via post or email.

Return via email: membership@liv.asn.au

Return via post: LIV Membership, Law Institute of Victoria, Level 13, 140 William Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 or GPO Box 263, Melbourne VIC 3001 or DX 350 Melbourne

Membership Expression of Interest

We welcome your inquiries about membership of the Law Institute of Victoria. Complete an online expression of interest form, including any specific questions you may have regarding membership.

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