Practising Certificate - New South Wales

Description

You will need this certificate if you intend 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 classes:

  • 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).

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type

Licence

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.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Prerequisites

Ongoing eligibility requirements

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

Duration

12 months

Fees

Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Fees are listed on the attached document.

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Comply All 2020/21 Scale of Fees - PDF (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Legal Profession Uniform Law (NSW) 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.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Enquiries, Registry

Law Society of NSW

Operating address: 170 Phillip Street
Sydney
New South Wales 2000
Phone: 02 9926 0156
Email: registry@lawsociety.com.au