SOUL Membership

SOUL Membership Categories

There are three types of membership:
  • Ordinary Membership;
  • Associate Membership; and
  • Pre-Admission Associate Membership.

Ordinary Membership

Ordinary membership is open to any legal practitioner with a current practising certificate in a state or territory of Australia who is employed by an Australian university to provide legal advice to the university. Australian lawyers who are employed by a university overseas in the capacity of legal advisor may also be considered for membership of SOUL under its constitution.

There are no fees for Ordinary and Pre-Admission Associate members.

Associate Membership

You can continue your association with SOUL on ceasing to be an Ordinary Member subject to the criteria set out below. You will need to advise your Regional Member and the Secretary of the change in your employment circumstances and provide your new contact information. You will also need to pay the initial joining fee ($100) and ongoing annual fees ($50 per annum). Please make cheques payable to Society of University Lawyers and post to:

SOUL
C/- ANU Legal Office
Chancelry Building 10, East Road
The Australian National University
ACTON ACT 2601

Associate Membership for an initial two year period is open to any legal practitioner who:

  • practises as a barrister or solicitor of the Supreme Court of any State or Territory in Australia;
  • has been an Ordinary Member and has ceased to be employed by a University in the capacity of legal advisor in the previous period of 12 months;
  • does not normally accept instructions to act against a University; and
  • who is accepted by the Executive Committee as having a continuing contribution to make to the objectives of the Association.

After the first two years of Associate Membership an Associate Member must re -apply for membership annually, with the support of the relevant Regional Chapter. Applications for membership are made to the Secretary.

Pre-Admission Associate Membership

Pre-Admission Associate Membership is open to any person who is employed by a University under the direct supervision of an Ordinary Member but who is not admitted as a legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of any State or Territory in Australia and who satisfies one or more of the following criteria:

  • is studying for a tertiary qualification in law or, having graduated, pursuing study in legal practice or articles of clerkship with the intention of being admitted as a legal practitioner once qualified to do so; or
  • holds an international qualification in law and is in the process of seeking admission as a legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of any State or Territory in Australia.

There are no fees for Ordinary and Pre-Admission Associate members.