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Practising Certificate - New South Wales


You will need this certificate to practice law in New South Wales. Legal practice means being paid to do any work in connection with the administration of the law, including preparing deeds, instruments or contracts relating to legal proceedings of any kind.

Depending on the type of legal practice you intend to undertake, there will be different certificate categories:

  • principal of a law practice (e.g. partner in a law firm)
  • employee of a law practice (e.g. associate at a law firm)
  • corporate legal practitioner
  • government practitioner
  • volunteer (e.g. volunteer at a community legal service).

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

Your eligibility requirements will depend on whether you are a:

  • local applicant
  • interstate practitioner
  • New Zealand practitioner
  • practitioner from overseas.

In general, to be eligible for this certificate you must:

  • be a fit and proper person
  • have been admitted to the legal profession
  • have professional indemnity insurance.


Ongoing eligibility requirements

You must comply with the continuing professional development conditions of your practising certificate.


12 months


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All Fee information is in the attached fee resource.

Other resources

Act(s) name

Legal Profession Uniform Law (NSW) 2014 New South Wales

Administering agency

Law Society of NSW

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.