Browse the many areas of law and find relevant practice sections, committees and groups that will connect you with others in your area.

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Find a committee or working group where you can get updates on your area of law and be a part of shaping future legislation.

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The LIV works to increase access to justice, promotes education in the profession and community, and influences legislation.

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Areas of Law

The LIV represent a diverse range of leaders in law across many practice areas, roles and interests. If you want to ensure you stay up to date on your area of law and play a part in influencing future policy, practice and law reform, you can get involved by joining a practice section's committee or working group.

As a member of the LIV, we encourage you to be part of the advocacy efforts and work that we do to lobby for policy and legislative change that positively impacts the legal profession and the community and increases access to justice for vulnerable members of the community. No matter the stage of your career or your area of practice, there are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, have your say and make a difference in the Victorian legal profession.

Practice Sections & Committees

The LIV has 13 practice sections representing a broad range of practice areas. Each practice section has a number of committees and/or working groups which focus on policy and law reform activities in a specific aspect of the practice area/s their section represents. For example, the Commercial Law Section represents a broad range of commercial lawyers and its committees are broken down to focus on specific areas including Business & Corporate Law, Taxation Law, Financial Services, Competition and Consumer Law, etc. Across all 13 Sections, there are 84 committees and/or working groups. More than 1400 members are part of a section and/or committee.

Each committee meets approximately five to eight times per year and is attended and supported by a staff member from the LIV's Legal Policy department, who not only provides secretarial support to each committee but also plays a key role in assisting the committee's advocacy efforts by undertaking research, preparing submissions, coordinating expert guest speakers to attend committee meetings, attending stakeholder meetings and generally liaising between LIV departments and the committee. 

Joining an LIV committee is a great way to:

  • Have Your Say: Committees regularly lobby state and federal governments to make policy and legislative change to improve the experiences of the legal profession and the community. The LIV's committees play a central role in identifying and shaping the LIV's policy and law reform agenda. 
  • Grow Professionally: Tap into the expertise of your peers and leading professionals by working with them and discussing policy and law reform ideas relevant to the committee. 
  • Stay Connected: LIV committee members come from a range of experience levels and include accredited specialists and leading professionals. ​​Committees are a great way to expand your professional network and develop closer working relationships with the leading experts, professionals, judicial officers and other stakeholders in your area of law. 
  • Keep up to date: Committees often discuss the latest section-specific news, developments and upcoming programs and are a great way of keeping up to date with your substantive legal knowledge.
  • Stay ahead of the game: LIV committees are at the forefront of legislative and legal practice change and being a committee member gives you first hand knowledge of what is likely to change in your practice area. 

Upcoming Events View All Events

  • In-House Counsel Conference

    This year's exceptional speakers include two supervising counsel for Telstra, the executive general manager of commercial and general counsel for CPA Australia, and several principals and partners from major global law firms. Join them to investigate key developments and trends in the in-house counsel environment.

    Thu 09 Mar - 08:30 AM
    LIV Lecture Theatre

    470 Bourke St, Melbourne

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  • February–March CPD Program

    Ensure your compliance needs are met with our broad range of education across property, family, commercial, sports, costs, employment, business, technology, personal injury, elder and health, succession, and many other areas of law.

    Sofitel on Collins

    and the Law Institute of Victoria

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  • 2017 LIV CPD Intensive

    Providing comprehensive insights into future developments in the law and the legal profession, this year’s full-day Intensive will cover family, property, commercial, personal injury, succession, and elder and health law.

    Wed 15 Mar - 09:00 AM
    Sofitel on Collins

    25 Collins St, Melbourne

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  • Essential Skills

    Missing a compliance area? These quick half day seminars offer CPD units in ethics and professional responsibility, professional skills, and practice management and business skills to ensure you have your compliance needs covered.

    LIV Lecture Theatre

    470 Bourke St, Melbourne

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  • 20th Commonwealth Law Conference

    The Commonwealth Lawyers Association is delighted to be returning to the southern hemisphere where the vibrant city of Melbourne will host the 20th Commonwealth Law Conference in association with the Law Institute of Victoria.

    Mon 20 Mar - 09:00 AM
    Melbourne Convention Centre

    1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf

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