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How to apply for the ACL Costs Lawyer Qualification

We anticipate offering Units 2 and 3 of our existing course commencing in January 2023 onwards.  More information will be available on this page shortly and we hope to open enrolments in Summer 2022.

On 2nd February 2022, the CLSB issued a new Costs Lawyer Competency Statement -

We are still awaiting full details of the proposed new qualification course but hope to be able to provide more information during summer 2022.  Our aim is to offer the new course in 2023.  In the meantime, please register your interest by providing us with your contact details and we will be in touch as soon as we have more information.

Entry to the ACL Costs Lawyer Qualification run by ACLT is open to all those that meet the entry requirements.

There are two elements to qualifying as a costs lawyer. The first element is the completion of a level six academic qualification and the second element is a three year period of supervised practice.

Element 1: Academic
The course is divided into three separate units which include assignments, compulsory practical seminars and an end of unit examination. If a student wishes to postpone their studies, due to work pressures or their personal life, they can postpone their studies and return at a later stage. 

What you study with us and how long this part of the qualification takes depends on the qualifications you already hold.

Element 2: Supervised Practice
To achieve costs lawyer status you must undertake at least three years of supervised practice, before, during or after study for the Costs Lawyer qualification. More information can be found here

No Legal Qualifications

If you do not hold any legal qualifications you will need to complete all three units of the qualification. It will currently take you three years to complete the academic  element of the qualification.

Legal Qualifications

If you already hold a legal qualification, such as a qualifying law degree or Graduate Diploma in Law, then you will be entitled to apply for exemptions. Depending on your prior learning it is possible to reduce the time taken to study to 12 months. If you wish to apply for exemptions you should consult the ACLT exemption policy.