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Frequently Asked Questions

Definition of NSW Young Lawyer

  • Lawyers and Barristers under the age of 36
  • Admitted for less than five years
  • Law students

Benefits of being a NSW Young Lawyer


benefits for YL member


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What do Committees do?

  • Help shape the law through writing submissions on proposed policy or law reform
  • Contribute to drafting policy statements to assist NSW Young Lawyers
  • Create and implement projects for the benefit of the profession and wider community
  • Network with like-minded professionals to raise your profile and increase career opportunities in a professional and social environment
  • Meet high-profile members of the profession and the business community
  • Develop leadership skills by becoming a Committee Chair, or leader of a project sub committee
  • Assist with the drafting and publication of practitioners guides on various aspects of law


NSW Young Lawyers Committees regularly produce a range of publications for both solicitors and the community.

View all current NSW Young Lawyers publications

Submissions and Policy Statements

NSW Young Lawyers committees are active in influencing and shaping government policy and legislation through their written submissions. Members have the opportunity to contribute to the process once they have joined a Committee.

NSW Young Lawyers also have standing positions on law and justice policy issues that are of importance or interest to its members. Those positions are published in the form of policy statements. Policy statements are prepared in close consultation with the members of NSW Young Lawyers, to ensure that those positions are reflective of the views of the membership as a whole.

View all current NSW Young Lawyers Submissions and Policy Statements 

NSW Young Lawyers Events

NSW Young Lawyers work to support the professional aspirations of our members by providing events that promote and advance knowledge in specialist areas and provide the opportunity for development of strong professional networks.

View all current NSW Young Lawyers Events and Sessions 

Mentoring Programs

NSW Young Lawyers Mentoring Program

The NSW Young Lawyers Mentoring Program unites practitioners of 2-5 years' experience with more experienced practitioners who are willing to volunteer their time to offer guidance and support to those starting out in the profession.

Find out more about the NSW Young Lawyers Mentoring Program

Graduate Mentoring Program

The Graduate Mentoring Program connects final year law students and recent graduates with young lawyers to provide support and guidance through the transition from student to professional.

Find out more about the Graduate Mentoring Program

Job Network

The Job Network advertises job opportunities for NSW Young Lawyers with 2+ Years PQE.

View all current job opportunities


LegalVitae is a new law student and graduates jobs portal, which was launched in January 2017.

The portal is designed to showcase to law students and graduates all opportunities available to them. Connect now with premium employers right across the legal industry and all across the country.

Find out more about LegalVitae

Associate Membership with the Law Society – what is it?

Any person who is studying law or has successfully completed a course in law at any university, college or institution in New South Wales recognised by the Legal Profession Admission Board and who signifies the intention to practise as a solicitor.

Become an Associate Member of the Law Society of NSW

How do I Become a NSW Young Lawyers Member?

Membership is free and open to all young legal practitioners (including barristers), graduates and law students across New South Wales.

Become a Member by subscribing to one or more of the 16 Committee mailing lists. Members will receive all the latest updates on events, projects, monthly meetings and current issues, and have the opportunity to post questions to the list in an open forum.

New members will receive a confirmation email at the time of subscription from the Committee Chair. Any queries relating to a particular Committee can be directed to the Chair; details are listed on the respective Committee pages.


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