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Full Name *

 
Law Society Member No. *

 
Name of Employer

 
Preferred contact details. Note: The contact details you provide  will be used to communicate with you throughout the assessment process. The majority of communications will occur via email. If you do not want communications sent to your work address, please provide an alternative.

 
Postal Address *

 
Phone *

 
Do you have a disability or impairment which may affect your ability to complete the required assessments

     
 
Please indicate which of the following may apply:


 
Please specify

 
Area of Specialisation *


 
Which Personal Injury Mock File would you like to undertake? *


 
I am interested in participating in a Candidate Preparation Group

     
 
I consent to having my contact details (name and email address) distributed to other interested candidates undertaking accreditation in 2018 for the purposes of forming a Candidate Preparation Group

     
 
I am a current solicitor member of the Law Society of NSW or a current full solicitor member of an equivalent body in an Australian State or Territory (Eligibility Criteria 1)


 
Please upload evidence of your membership of an equivalent body in an Australian State or Territory *

 
To apply for the Specialist Accreditation Program you require  membership of the Law Society NSW or membership of equivalent in another state or territory.

Please contact registry@lawsociety.com.au or equivalent body to obtain membership.

 
I hold a current solicitor's practising certificate (Eligibility Criteria 2) *

     
 
You must hold a current solicitor's practising certificate to undertake the Specialist Accreditation Program. To renew your practising certificate please contact the Registry department. 
registry@lawsociety.com.au

 
I have been engaged in the practice of law on a full time basis for at least 5 years (Eligibility Criteria 3) *

     
 
Please outline your reasons for seeking an exemption from the following criteria:

'I have been engaged in the practice of law on a full time basis for at least 5 years' *

 
In each of the 3 years immediately preceding this application, I have been engaged in the area of practice for which I am seeking Specialist Accreditation (Eligibility Criteria 4) *

     
 
Please outline your reasons for seeking a exemption from the following criteria:

'In each of the 3 years immediately preceding this application, I have been engaged in the area of practice for which I am seeing accreditation' *

 
In the 3 years preceding this application I have practised in this area for not less than 25% of full time practice

OR

In relation to any period during which I have worked part-time in the 3 years preceding this application, I have undertaken work in this area not less than the equivalent of 25% of full time employment (for example: not less than 2.5 days per fortnight working exclusively in the area) (Eligibility Criteria 5) *

     
 
Please outline your reasons below for seeking an exemption from the following criteria:

'In the 3 years preceding this application I have practised in this area for not less than 25% of full time practice' *

 
Are you seeking an exemption from any of Eligibility Criteria 3-5:

I have been engaged in the practice of law on a full time basis for at least 5 years (Eligibility Criteria 3)

In each of the 3 years immediately preceding this application, I have been engaged in the area of practice for which I am seeking Specialist Accreditation (Eligibility Criteria 4)

In the 3 years preceding this application I have practised in this area for not less than 25% of full time practice

OR

In relation to any period during which I have worked part-time in the 3 years preceding this application, I have undertaken work in this area not less than the equivalent of 25% of full time employment (for example: not less than 2.5 days per fortnight working exclusively in the area) (Eligibility Criteria 5)

     
 
To support your request for an exemption you will need to submit two letters of support from two professional associates, only one of which may be a co-worker or partner of the same employer. 

Please download template via this link http://lawsociety.com.au/cs/groups/public/documents/internetcontent/1422933.pdf

 Once completed, please upload forms here AS ONE DOCUMENT *

 
Date full time practice commenced (this is not calculated from the date of admission) *

 
Percentage of practice in area in which Specialist Accreditation is sought for the past three years:

 
2015 *

 
2016 *

 
2017 *

 
Please detail your employment history starting with your current/most recent role. Please ensure that the information provided supports your assertion that you have been engaged in the full time practice of law for five years. 

Please list the following details:

Name of employer
DX/Postal address
Employment dates (from-to)
Responsibilities *

 
Please select one of the following that best describes your current position *


 
Please upload a letter of support from your most recent supervisor *

 
All applicants must provide contact details for three referees currently Australian Legal Practitioners.

Referees may not be members of the Board, relevant Advisory Committee, relative or personal friend. A maximum of one referee may be a co-worker or partner at your current employer. Only one barrister may be used as a referee. 

Referees may be contacted by the Advisory Committee if there is a discrepancy in your assessment results. Therefore it is important that the referee is able to provide specific observations in your capabilities in the relevant area of practice.

 
Referee 1:
Name:
Professional Title:
DX/Postal Address
Phone:
Email: *

 
Referee 2:
Name:
Professional Title:
DX/Postal Address
Phone:
Email: *

 
Referee 3:
Name:
Professional Title:
DX/Postal Address
Phone:
Email: *

 
The Specialist Accreditation Board allows applicants who have completed recent (within 3 years of the application due date) and significant study in the same area of practice in which accreditation is sought the opportunity to apply for Advanced Standing.

Do you wish to make and application for Advanced Standing?

     
 
Please provide details of the name of the institution study was undertaken and date conferred/obtained *

 
Please upload a one page summary outlining the study undertaken and why this study should exempt you from the formal written examination *

 
Please upload a copy of your academic transcript *

 
Have you ever been subject to adverse action by a Regulatory Authority?

For the purposes of this application for accreditation adverse action means:
 
• A finding by a Court or Tribunal of unsatisfactory professional conduct or professional misconduct; or
• A decision by a Regulatory or Law Enforcement Agency/Authority to refer the member or applicant to a Court or Tribunal;
• A finding against the member or applicant by a Regulatory Authority resulting in the imposition of a caution, reprimand or fine; and/or
• Any other finding, allegation or matter involving the member or applicant which, in the view of the Board, would likely bring the Scheme into disrepute. *

     
 
If you have been the subject of adverse action, you must upload a written statement to the Specialist Accreditation Board providing:
(a) A statement of the facts; and
(b) An explanation as to the circumstances;
(c) Why, despite the adverse action taken against you, you consider yourself fit to hold Specialist Accreditation. *

 
Declaration

I have read and understood the requirements for Specialist Accreditation as set out in the 2018 Guide to Application and Assessment.

I consent to the Specialist Accreditation Board making such enquiries as it sees fit to determine my capability and suitability for accreditation as a specialist;

I consent to a Regulatory or Law Enforcement Agency/Authority releasing to the Specialist Accreditation Board any information concerning my professional conduct, provided that the information is not the subject of statutory restrictions on passing on information;

I understand that the Law Society of NSW deals with the collection, security, quality, use and disclosure of personal information in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), and that a copy of the Law Society of NSW Privacy Statement is available on request;

I confirm that all the assessment work submitted will be:
• The result of my own efforts;
• Completed by me without the assistance of any other person;
• Any breaches will be referred to the Specialist Accreditation Board.

I agree that I will not disclose or discuss the contents of assessment material or submissions with any other person except the staff of Specialist Accreditation at the Law Society of NSW.

I agree to be bound by the decisions of the Specialist Accreditation Board subject to my right of Reassessment and Appeal;

I declare that the contents of this application are true and correct *

     
 
Please select a method of payment for the application fee of $1044 *


 
Please enter Credit card details below. Please note, your card will  not be debited until after applications have closed.

Card Name
Card Number
Expiry 
CVC *

 
Please make cheques payable to the Law Society NSW and post to:

Specialist Accreditation
DX 362 Sydney 



Thank you you for submitting your application to the Specialist Accreditation Program
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