Queensland Law Society

Specialist Accreditation

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Specialist Accreditation

There are currently over 12,000 Solicitors in Queensland, of which just over 500 are accredited specialists in Queensland. So clearly, gaining accreditation will mean that you will form part of this small and elite group. 

The Specialist Accreditation Scheme was established a number of reasons, but the two primary reasons are to provide:

  • Solicitors with an opportunity to formally recognise their high level of competency and knowledge in their chosen area of legal practice; and
  • guidance to the public and the profession as to which legal practitioners are truly leaders in their area of expertise.

The QLS Scheme is part of a National framework of Schemes run by other law societies like the Law Institute of Victoria and the Law Society of New South Wales. The QLS Scheme is therefore part of a national benchmark for recognising specialist expertise. 

The QLS Scheme currently offers accreditation in 9 areas of specialty.

2021 speciality areas for accreditation are Family Law, Succession Law, Property Law and Taxation Law.

In 2020 and 2022 speciality areas for accreditation are Business Law, Commercial Litigation, Criminal Law, Personal Injuries Law, Workplace Relations Law and Immigration Law.

Applications for 2020 programs are open now until 30 March.