Join the Society

Join the Society and/or apply for a Practising Certificate

People wishing to join the ACT Law Society can do so either as Solicitor members (members with a Practising Certificate) or Associate members (members not practising in law). 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:

  • Confidential counselling and advice on business, ethical, and professional issues.
  • A system of mentors and advisors to offer guidance, advice, and support.
  • A confidential counselling program available face to face or online.
  • Free hire of meeting rooms.
  • Discounted professional development courses.
  • Access to a range of social, sporting, and other networking events.
  • The opportunity to contribute to the Society and the community by joining a Committee.
  • Specialised events and resources for interest groups such as family law, international law, government lawyers, and young lawyers.

For all membership and practising certificate enquiries contact the Society's Executive Secretary on 02 6274 0300.

Please click here to join the Society for the current financial year. You will then have an expiry date of 30 June 2021.

If you don't wish to join the Society, but would like to receive regular emails about upcoming events and professional development courses, please send us an email.

Joining the Society: Fees 2020/21

Private lawyer

  • ACT Unrestricted Practising Certificate - Private = $1,060
  • ACT Restricted Practising Certificate - Private = $639

In-house lawyer

  • ACT Unrestricted Practising Certificate - In-house = $896
  • ACT Restricted Practising Certificate - In-house = $639

Government lawyer

  • ACT Unrestricted Practising Certificate - Government = $777
  • ACT Restricted Practising Certificate - Government = $532

Not practising in the ACT

  • ACT Unrestricted Practising Certificate - Non-ACT = $833
  • ACT Restricted Practising Certificate - Non-ACT = $452

Note: 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.

Please note that fees apply from 1 July to 30 June and are pro-rated from August onwards.

Practising certificates are available free of charge to lawyers who will be undertaking specified pro bono legal work. Holders of volunteer practising certificates must still arrange appropriate professional indemnity insurance, and they may only undertake work of a pro bono nature. Applications for volunteer practising certificates must be submitted with the relevant form.

  • ACT Unrestricted Practising Certificate - Volunteer = free
  • ACT Restricted Practising Certificate - Volunteer = free

Please note that fees apply from 1 July to 30 June and are pro-rated from August onwards.

  • No PC member (Full) = $142.50
  • No PC member (Associate) = $142.50

Please note that fees apply from 1 July to 30 June and are pro-rated from August onwards.



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