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Membership with the LIV connects you with a collegiate community of peers and provides access to high quality education, resources, support and opportunities. 

We are critically aware of the impact of COVID-19 virus on our members and are focused on how best to support the profession, keeping you informed and connected during these challenging times. We remain ‘open for business’ to provide real-time services, support and advocacy for our members, and are committed to supporting members with appropriate resources, tools and information, including:

  • Daily updates via our LawNews email
  • Ethics and practice advice lines
  • Online education, CPD, and wellbeing programs
  • Practice continuity and contingency resources
  • Up-to-date information from the courts
  • Talk to our phone concierge for service and support.
  • The latest information and resources in regards to COVID-19 via our Information Hub

 

2020-21 Membership Year Fee Reduction

 

Membership Category Membership Type 2019 Fee (inc GST) 2020 Fee (inc GST)
Full Member Firm $515 $99
Full Member Corporate $515 $99
Full Member Government $515 $99
Full Member Legal Aid $515 $99
  New Solicitor $365 $99
  Community Legal Centre (per centre) $225 $99
  Honorary Member Waived Waived

 

Membership Category Membership Type 2019 Fee (inc GST) 2020 Fee (inc GST)
Affiliate Member Barrister $315 $99
Affiliate Member Judicial $315 $99
Affiliate Member Legal Practice Support $315 $99
Affiliate Member Interstate Lawyer $315 $99
Affiliate Member Non-Practising Lawyer $315 $99
Affiliate Member Overseas Lawyer $295 $90 (ex GST)
Affiliate Member Retired $225 $99
Affiliate Member Graduate $190 $99
Student Member   Complimentary Complimentary

 

Additions to Membership   2019 Fee (inc GST) 2020 Fee (inc GST)
Mediators   $250 $250
Arbitrators   $250 $250
Accredited Specialists   $420 $99
Find Your Lawyer Referral Service Sole Practitioner $420 $420
Find Your Lawyer Referral Service 2-5 partners $630 $630
Find Your Lawyer Referral Service 6+ partners $820 $820
Professional Standards Scheme   $167 $167

 

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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 Victorian Legal Aid

New Solicitor Member: Admitted to practice after 1 January 2019 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 practise or practitioner, such as a paralegal, practice manager, HR professional or law librarian

Non-Practising Member: Have previously been admitted to practice 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 practice law; however, reside overseas and do not hold a current Australian Practising Certificate

Retired Member: Have previously been admitted to practice 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 practice law

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

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2020/21 Membership Brochure

Click the cover below to read the 2020/21 membership brochure and learn the five key ways that the LIV supports members and works to advance the Victorian legal profession.

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“For small practices like mine, LIV membership is so important. The law is constantly changing, and the LIV helps me stay on top of what’s happening. I always appreciate the objective perspective the LIV is able to give me about practice management and ethical issues.”

Fatoum Souki, Principal Solicitor, Souki Lawyers

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Become an LIV Member

Membership with the LIV enables you to:

  • Support your professional body in working for the sustainability of the legal profession
  • Stay connected with your peers
  • Access the latest information from the courts, government and regulators affecting your practice and the profession
  • Access LIV services including ethics, wellbeing and practice support, practice and trust consulting, CPD and online learning, daily updates, library services, the Accredited Specialisation program and the Legal Referral Service.

Visit the Member Benefits page for additional information. Click here to join.


Membership Expression of Interest

We welcome your inquiries about membership of the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV).  Complete an online Expression of Interest form, including any specific quesions you may have regarding membership.

 

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