Further Education & Recognition

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, read the Mutual Recognition Fact Sheet (PDF).

Credit Pathways

Current and aspiring accredited specialists may be interested in the reciprocal credit pathways recently introduced between the Accredited Specialisation Board and some Victorian universities and other tertiary institutions. The credit pathways are offered at a Master's level both for accredited specialists commencing a Master of Laws (LLM) and LLM graduates commencing Accredited Specialisation.

The following tertiary institutions offer credit pathways for accredited specialists commencing a Master of Laws. For further information, please contact the institution directly.

The College of Law

The College of Law has granted LIV accredited specialists in family law and commercial litigation two units of unspecified credit in a Master of Applied Law (Family Law and Commercial Litigation respectively).


The School of Law will grant accredited specialists a credit of one, and up to two, units of credit towards a Deakin LLM.

La Trobe

The School of Law will grant practitioners who have attained their LIV specialist accreditation within the last three years a one subject credit towards an LLM degree.

If you are interested in finding out more about the credit pathways between Accredited Specialisation and Master of Laws studies, please email special@liv.asn.au or contact the university directly. The Accredited Specialisation department recommends you confirm details in writing of your credit eligibility and any dispensation you may be entitled to prior to commencement of the Accredited Specialisation assessment program or appropriate LLM studies.

Speaking Opportunities

Academy Workshops

As part of the LIV’s expansion of its professional development offerings, we are currently scoping an “Academy Workshops” program for practitioners between 3 to 5 years post qualification experience which would act as a pathway to Accredited Specialisation.

The substantive law streams within the program are proposed to be modelled on the key areas of required knowledge in the respective Accredited Specialist stream and the LIV proposes to work closely with Accredited Specialist working groups in each area of law to design the workshops and facilitate their delivery.  The LIV would like to launch the product in August 2017 with the first workshop streams to commence in September 2017. Please click here for further information about the new program.

We welcome your expression of interest to be involved in developing and delivering these workshops. To express interest, please email LIV Professional Development Consultant Terri Abeysekera at tabeysekera@liv.asn.au by Friday 19 May.

As an accredited specialist, you may also like to put your name forward to the Professional Development department to assist in conducting other seminars and workshops in relation to CPD. If you are interested in participating in running any CPD activities, please forward your details to Mollie Tregillis, Manager of Professional Development at MTregillis@liv.asn.au.

Join an Advisory Committee

Each area of accreditation has an Advisory Committees appointed by the Board to assist in the development and facilitation of accredited specialisation programs. The committees comprise current specialists who play a critical role in assisting with delivery of the program. Members contribute to reviewing the program structure, development of assessment pieces, and assisting in the assessment of candidates undertaking the LIV Specialisation program. The initial term of appointment on the Committee is for three years, with re-appointment made available after this date. 

To apply to join a committee, please complete and return the Advisory Committee Nomination form.