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Specialist Accreditation

Specialist Accreditation
Law Society of South Australia

What is an Accredited Specialist?

An Accredited Specialist is a lawyer recognised as having expertise in a particular area of law.
Law Society of South Australia (LSSA) Accredited Specialists:
  • have at least five years full-time practice experience and at least three years practice experience in their area of specialisation;
  • maintain a high degree of professional development in their area of specialisation, which involves the continual development of their skills;
  • pass a comprehensive assessment process testing technical knowledge, writing and practical advocacy skills; and
  • apply for re-accreditation every three years, ensuring the highest standards are maintained.

Please click here to view the Accredited Specialisation Scheme Rules. 


How can I apply to be an Accredited Specialist?          

Please click here to download the SA Accredited Specialisation Application Form 2017.

How can I tell if a lawyer is an Accredited Specialist?

Only practitioners who complete an LSSA Accredited Specialist course of assessment can call themselves an Accredited Specialist. You can easily recognise any lawyer who displays the Accredited Specialist logo and certificate of accreditation.
Law Society of South Australia Specialist Accreditation is only available in the following areas:

Why use an Accredited Specialist?

When a client chooses a lawyer who is an Accredited Specialist they: 

  • can expect experience and expertise in a particular area of law; 
  • can expect a high standard of professionalism; 
  • are choosing a lawyer who is recognised as having an enhanced level of skill and a commitment to achieving higher levels of expertise through ongoing professional development. 


Accredited Specialists raising the standard

Accredited Specialists are required to maintain a high level of education involvement in their areas of specialty by:
  • ensuring that the speciality remains a substantial part of their practice;
  • maintaining a higher level of continuing professional development than other lawyers; and
  • continually striving to improve the standing of their firm.


How to find an Accredited Specialist?

A list of all Law Society of South Australia Accredited Specialists is available below.

Law Society of South Australia Accredited Specialists