Benefits of Membership

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As an industry association for Canberra lawyers, the ACT Law Society is committed to providing value for money to its members, including through a range of high quality services appropriately tailored to our diverse membership.

In accordance with that commitment, the Society offers a range of member benefits, including a range of social, sporting and networking events, general and specialist newsletters, a quarterly magazine, access to counselling and mediation services, and discounted commercial services.

The Society also offers Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as an additional member service. Members can access relevant, practical and inexpensive CPD at discounted prices, to maintain and build on professional knowledge and skills.

Join the Society

People wishing to join the ACT Law Society can do so either as Solicitor members or Associate members. Solicitor Membership is open to anyone who has been admitted as a solicitor in Australia. Associate membership is open to anybody who would like to join the Society.

Joining the Law Society enables you to access a range of services including:

  • Access to the 'members only' section of the Law Society website
  • The opportunity to participate in Law Society Committees
  • Practice advice and support
  • Business, ethical and professional counselling, education and training
  • Discounted CPD
  • Discounted membership of the NSW Law Society
  • Information, social, sporting and other networking activities
Online access to practising certificates

Current members

All Practising Certificate holders (with the exception of Volunteer Practising Certificate holders) have access to their certificate online even if a hard copy was also requested.

  1. You need to be logged in to the Members Centre and go to "My Membership" found on the left of screen.
  2. Click on the "View Details" pencil relating to your active membership and you will see a link for a PDF version of the online certificate.

Membership Categories

  • Practising Certificate Unrestricted

    The eligibility criteria for applying for a First ACT Unrestricted Practising Certificate is set out in Regulation 10 of the Legal Profession Regulation 2007. You are required to attach a statutory declaration to your application addressing the eligibility criteria.

    For all membership and practising certificate enquiries contact Debbie Sims at the Society on (02)62740300.

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  • Practising Certificate Restricted

    Once you have been admitted in an Australian jurisdiction you are eligible to apply directly to the Law Society for a restricted practising certificate. You are required to attach a copy of your Certificate of Admission or a copy of your current interstate practising certificate to your application. Section 50 of the Legal Profession Act 2006 and Regulation 13 of the Legal Profession Regulation 2007 sets out the requirements for supervised legal practice.

    For all membership and practising certificate enquiries contact Debbie Sims at the Society on (02)62740300.

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  • No Practising Certificate

    Membership of the Society alone does not entitle you to engage in legal practice. To engage in legal practice you must hold a current practising certificate.

    For any enquiries contact Debbie Sims at the Society on (02) 62740300.

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Please note the following:

  • Practising Certificates are not distributed to members until payment has been received by the Society.
  • Private Practising Certificates are not distributed to members until confirmation of professional indemnity insurance (PII) has been received by the Society from the PII provider.
  • Practising Certificate approvals can lapse if payment is not received by the Society within a period of 30 days of the approval by the Executive Committee. Approvals may also lapse if confirmation of PII is not notified to the Society within a period of 30 days of the approval by the Executive Committee. In such instances the applicant will have to reapply for their certificate.
  • An administration charge of $75 (incl GST) will be levied in specific circumstances, namely where an applicant has to reapply for a certificate because their application has lapsed after 30 days; or wants to surrender their certificate within 60 days of it being granted.
  • A fee of $25 (incl GST) will be imposed for a replacement hard copy practising certificate where it is lost or destroyed by the holder.
  • The Society requires interstate practising certificate applicants to supply with their application a certificate of good standing from each jurisdiction the applicant has been admitted and/or practised in.