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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 Specialisation professional development and our leading Accredited Specialists Breakfast with the Experts series.

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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.


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


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  • Criminal Law – Year in Review

    This special Year in Review event will unpack the key developments from the last 12 months and share knowledge that will set you up for the year ahead.

    Tue 12 Nov - 05:30 PM
    LIV Members' Floor

    Level 13, 140 William Street, Melbourne

  • Wills and Estates – Year in Review

    Are you an Accredited Specialist in Wills & Estates or an experienced practitioner in this area? Don't miss this special Year in Review Breakfast with the Experts.

    Tue 19 Nov - 07:30 AM
    LIV Members' Floor

    Level 13, 140 William Street, Melbourne

  • Business Law and Commercial Litigation – Year in Review

    Join us for a very special Breakfast with the Experts as we the unpack key developments from the last 12 months and share knowledge that will set you up for the year ahead.

    Wed 20 Nov - 07:30 AM
    LIV Members' Floor

    Level 13, 140 William Street, Melbourne

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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 4+ years of post-admission experience and are interested in applying for accredited specialisation in 2020, we invite you to join us for an informal networking evening at the LIV.

    Wed 30 Oct - 05:30 PM
    LIV Conference Room

    Level 13, 140 William Street

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  • Upcoming Accredited Specialisation Events

    Find more information about upcoming Accredited Specialisation information sessions, professional development opportunities and other various programs and events specifically designed for Accredited Specialists.

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