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About the Institute of Legal Executives

Is there one category of enrolment or membership for everyone, and who can join?

There are many levels of enrolment with the Institute. Students and those starting a legal career can join, as well as more senior persons. All Applications are ratified by the Council, each being treated on its merits. The Council reserves the right to refuse enrolment to any Applicant, determine the appropriate category of enrolment or membership, admit a person who has not enrolled in a recognised course1 to any category of enrolment or membership, and to vary enrolment and/or membership requirements from time to time.

The highest level is that of Fellow of the Institute. A Fellow2 can administer Oaths and take Statutory Declarations in Victoria pursuant to the Oaths and Affirmations Act 2018, and only Fellows have Institute voting rights. The Institute only recognises use of the term "Legal ExecutiveTM (or 'Fellow'); by a Fellow of the Institute3. Many enrol with the Institute when starting their legal career, and work their way up to become Fellows.

We need to note here that whilst we use the generic terms ‘members’ and ‘membership’ on this website, in the terms of our Memorandum and Articles of Association, ‘member’ means a person admitted to Fellowship; with those in the categories of Provisional, Associate, Affiliate and Accountancy being enrolled in those categories.

Persons in all categories of enrolment or membership are required to comply with the Memorandum and Articles of Association of the Institute, and with the Institute's Code of Conduct. The Continuing Professional Development guidelines also apply to all categories of enrolment or membership.

[1] Advanced Diploma of Legal Practice and others
[2] paid-up, in accordance with the Institute’s Code of Conduct
[3] with certain exceptions such as Fellows of similar Institutes