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Specialist Accreditation Scheme

The Specialist Accreditation Scheme was established in 1992, offering accreditation across 14 areas of law; generally on a biannual basis.

Specialist Accreditation is a structured peer assessment process which requires the practitioner to draw on their existing knowledge and skills to demonstrate their competency in their chosen area of law.

The objective of the Specialist Accreditation Scheme is to:

  • Provide the profession and the public with a reliable means of identifying practitioners with proven expertise in their chosen area of law.
  • Contribute to and encourage the continued development and improvement of the standards, quality and delivery of legal services.
  • Promote the advancement of legal knowledge and skills.
  • Provide practitioners with the opportunity to demonstrate their expertise in their chosen area of law and to have this recognised.

If you are a member of the public and would like to know more about the Specialist Accreditation Scheme please visit For the Community

Accredited Specialists


Renewing accreditation

2016 Specialist Accreditation

Updates, information and materials for annual renewal. More… 2016 program areas, benefits of gaining accreditation. More…

Specialist policies

How to apply

Policies, requirements and support. More… 2016 Guide to Application and Assessment, application form. More...

Promoting accreditation

Assessment information

Promote your accreditation and boost your profile. More… 2016 Assessment Requirements, about the assessment process. More...

Recognition in other states

 2017 Specialist Accreditation

Have your accreditation recognised in another state. More…Expression of interest for the 2017 program. More...

Credit for tertiary studies


Which educational institutes offer credit points towards course work for Accredited Specialists? More…

CPD for Accredited Specialists

Professional development seminars for Accredited Specialists. More...




  • Specialist Accreditation Scheme
  • Law Society of NSW
  • 170 Phillip Street
  • Sydney NSW 2000
  • DX 362 Sydney
  • T: (02) 9926 0305
  • F: (02) 9926 0166
  • E: specialists@lawsociety.com.au


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