Benefits of Membership
With more than 3500 members, the Law Society is the peak body
representing South Australia’s legal profession. Several membership
categories cater for the different stages of your career and as a
Society member you will receive invaluable support and access to a wide
range of resources.
Some of the benefits include:
- regular publications, such as the Society’s monthly Bulletin
journal, weekly In Brief e-newsletter and Happenings e-newsletter;
- discounted rates for CPD events;
- the chance to network with other members at various social,
educational and sporting events;
- the opportunity to become join one of the Society’s committees,
which cover different types of law and law interests;
- involvement in the development of submissions to the government
and other organisations regarding legal issues that affect the
profession and community;
- connecting with the community through the Society’s Referral
- utilising a range of discounts from preferred suppliers and
through the Frequent Values discount program;
- accessing various information sources from the Society covering
news, developments and changes in the profession;
- getting involved in community activities such as the Mock Trial
Competition, Speakers Bureau and Law Society Legal Advisory Service.
Law Society Membership Loyalty Rewards
A Member becomes a Platinum Member after 30 years of consecutive membership from the date of the following renewal and receives the following additional benefits:
Attend any Law Society of South Australia Standard CPD Session* free of charge
Discounted pricing for other selected CPD & Members events
* A Standard CPD Session is defined as any Law Society CPD session of up to 1.5 hours duration held at the Society. Excludes all conferences, joint events with other organisations and webinars (except for country and metropolitan practitioners).
Members who achieve 45 years membership with the Society become a Senior Member and receive the following additional benefits:
- Free Law Society membership subscription each year
- Invitation to attend the Society’s annual Senior & Honorary Members luncheon
- Name displayed on the Senior Member honour board at the Society and in the Annual Report
Membership Application - SA Admitted Practitioners Only
Student Associate Application - Law Students Only
Associate Application - Non Practitioner, Non Student
Company Application - Incorporated Legal Practices
Membership Application - PDF Version - Admitted Practitioner.
Rules of the Society
The Law Society offers a diverse range of services to its members, the
legal profession and community of South Australia:
The Voice of the profession
Society is a member of the Law Council of Australia that makes
representations on national and international legal issues.
Media: The Society
provides media comment on behalf of the legal profession on issues such
as legislation, law reform, the rule of law, and community education.
Committees: Many members
volunteer their time to participate in one of the Society’s 30-plus
committees that focus on different areas of law.
Several special interest, social and sporting events are hosted by the
Society each year and they provide the perfect opportunity for members
to mingle and build their professional network.
Members are the first to know about the latest developments in the
profession with exclusive access to a range of Society publications,
including the monthly Bulletin journal, weekly InBrief e-newsletter and
regular email alerts. The annual Law Society Diary and Directory and
the Law Calendar are other great sources of information.
Sections of our website are only available to members who can
access regularly updated legal and professional resources, member
privileges and current projects.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
Seminars and Conferences: The Society presents CPD seminars and
conferences throughout the year that enable members to meet their
Mandatory CPD requirements (click here). Special member pricing applies on Society events and members
are also encouraged to use their annual Free CPD Voucher in the Member
Track your CPD activity: Members can both view and record their own CPD activity via the MCPD Compliance tab on their Law Society profile to assist members manage their MCPD requirements. Members CPD record will follow them even if they change employers.
Members - Don’t forget to use
your annual Free CPD Voucher in the Guide to Member Services handbook.
Careers in Law
Locum Register: The Society maintains a register of admitted
legal practitioners seeking employment or offering locum services.
Notices: Employment opportunities are advertised in InBrief
and the Bulletin.
Supporting the Community
Referral Database: The
Society offers a legal referral service for members of the community
who are seeking a practitioner in a particular area of law. Member
firms can register to be included on this database.
Advisory Service: The
Legal Advisory Service is available Monday and Wednesday, 5.30pm to
7.00pm. Members who would like to become involved in the advisory
service should contact Member & Community Services on 8229 0200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supporting the Profession
Throughout their lives, members may be affected by depression, stress,
alcoholism, drug abuse, gambling addiction, matrimonial difficulties, a
family crisis or work pressure. To assist at these times, members and
their immediate family can access a confidential professional
counselling service. The Society will pay up to the first $250 per year
of the counsellor’s professional fees, where no rebate is available or
a gap payment is required.
Lawyers' Support Group: In addition to providing help in specific areas
of practice, members of the Lawyers’ Support Group can assist
colleagues with professional, personal and professional
standards/conduct problems, as well as business advice, legal cost
matters and relationships with courts.
Ethics and Practice Support: The Ethics and Practice section
assists practitioners with issues relating to the operation of their
practice and provides support to those who are ill or unable to operate
their practice. The section conducts training sessions on trust
accounts and can also advise on professional conduct and ethical
Risk Management: The Law Claims Section conducts education sessions
on risk management, informing practitioners of issues surrounding the
effective and legal conduct of their practice - and seeking to minimise
the number and severity of claims on the PII Scheme and the Guarantee
The Member Privileges Program enables members to take advantage of
discounts on a range of professional and personal products in the
corporate, finance, health and wellbeing, and travel areas.
In addition, the Frequent
Values programme offers members discounted
products, services, dining and leisure activities throughout Australia
and New Zealand.
Online Membership Application - SA Admitted Practitioners Only
Online Student Associate Application - Law Students Only
Membership Application - Admitted Practitioner.
Associate Application - Non Practitioner
Company Application - Incorporated Legal Practices
Rules of the Society
For any membership queries, please contact our Member Services team on
(08) 8229 0200 or email: email@example.com