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Accredited Specialisation Application - Instructions & Form

Applications for the 2021 program are now closed.

For information on becoming an Accredited Specialist see here.

Eligibility for Accreditation

To be eligible for accreditation you must be able to answer 'YES' to all the criteria listed below:

  • I am a member of the LIV
  • I hold a current practising certificate
  • I have been engaged in legal work after admission to practise for a total period equivalent to at least five years’ full-time practice
  • In each of the three years immediately preceding this application, I have been engaged in the area of practice in which I wish to be accredited
  • The time I have devoted to this area of practice in each year of that three-year period is at least 25 per cent of the time required to conduct a full-time practice.

If you do not satisfy ALL of the above prescribed conditions concerning eligibility, you may request the Specialisation Board to exercise its discretion to accept your application by submitting a Special Consideration Application. 

If you are seeking an exemption from the written examination assessment due to completion of a Masters program, you must also use the Special Consideration Application form. See below:

*Special Consideration Applications closed at 4pm Friday 30 April 2021.

Special Consideration Application Form

Standard Applications

Please complete the form below to submit your application. Upon submission, you will be directed to a page to make your payment of $1100.

Following submission of the form and payment the Accredited Specialisation team will review your application and will contact you by Monday 24 May 2021 regarding the outcome of your application.

To complete your application, you will need to have the following supporting documentation prepared to upload in the form below, including:

  • Three references on the prescribed reference form. Download Form (PDF)
  • Resume of practice / CV (2 pages maximum)
  • Portrait photo (jpeg format)

You will need to complete the application in a single session (you are not able to save and continue later). 

Key Steps:

  • Review the form below to see what it required from you prior to commencement
  • Prepare your supporting documentation
  • Review the LIV Privacy Policy & Terms and Conditions (confirm where indicated in the following form)
  • Complete all the mandatory fields* and click the SUBMIT APPLICATION button (if any mandatory fields* are neglected the application will not submit).

Contact

If you are a practitioner who seeks accreditation in more than two areas of practice you must obtain the permission of the Board before undertaking any further assessment.  See contact details below.

If you have any questions regarding your application please contact the Accredited Specialisation team.

  • E: special@liv.asn.au
  • T: 03 9607 9541

LIV Special Needs Policy

The Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) acknowledges that suitable arrangements must be made to ensure that all people with special needs are able to participate in LIV activities. This policy has been designed to comply with the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth) and applies to individuals who wish to attend an LIV event, LIV Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activity or apply for Accredited Specialisation. Candidates seeking Accredited Specialisation Request for Reasonable Adjustment for Disability or Impairment will need to contact the Accredited Specialisation team for further information.

 

Accredited Specialisation Application Form

Applicant Details

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Eligibility for Accreditation

I am a member of the LIV*:

I hold a current practicing certificate*:

I have been engaged in legal work after admission to practise for a total period equivalent to at least five years’ full-time practice*:

In each of the three years immediately preceding this application, I have been engaged in this area of practice*:

The time I have devoted to this area of practice in each year of that three-year period is at least 25 per cent of the time required to conduct a full-time practice*:

I have three referees to support my application*:

I gained my experience with the organisations below (include at least 5 years. Minimum one Firm/Organisation required):

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The time I have devoted to this area of practice in each of the following years is (approximate percentage of full-time practice):

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Referee 1

 
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Referee 2

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Referee 3

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Declaration

I have read the Specialisation Scheme Rules and agree to be bound by those Rules, as amended from time to time*:
I consent to the Specialisation Board making such inquiries as it sees fit to determine my eligibility and my suitability for accreditation as a specialist*:
I agree to attend a personal interview before the Specialisation Board of the LIV if requested*:
I agree to abide by all rules, guidelines and standards set by the Specialisation Board of the LIV, as amended from time to time*:
In the event that the Specialisation Board and/or its nominated agents requires the release of information by the Legal Services Board, Legal Services Commissioner, Law Institute of Victoria Limited or equivalent state or territory body, I undertake to provide all necessary consents and approvals to obtain any information concerning any findings of unsatisfactory conduct or misconduct under the Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Act 2014 (Vic) (or the Legal Practice Act 1996 (Vic) and the Legal Profession Act 2004 (Vic) if applicable) or equivalent legislation of any state or territory body. (Note: if you do not provide the undertaking requested, the Specialisation Board may decline your application.)*:
I agree that an administration fee of $220 (GST included) will be withheld if I withdraw from the accreditation process after the application closing date and that no refund will be available under any circumstances for any withdrawal after 30 June 2021 as all examination arrangements will be finalised after this date*:
I understand that as per Specialisation Scheme rule 4.11.4 any special consideration application must be made within two days of the particular assessment which it pertains to*:
I declare the contents of this application to be true*:
I have read and understood the LIV privacy policy and the following Privacy Statement*: