SOUL Membership

SOUL Membership Categories

There are three types of membership:
  • Ordinary Membership;
  • Associate Membership; and
  • Honorary Membership.

Currently, there are no fees for 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.

If you have changed employment, please email a statement as to the elapsed period between jobs; the currency of your practising certificate in your University's state; confirmation that you continue to provide legal advice to a University and your new contact details.


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.

HONORARY 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 SOUL of the change in your employment circumstances and provide your new contact information.

Honorary Membership is open to any person who:

  • has been an Ordinary Member and remains employed by a University but not in the capacity of legal advisor; or
  • previously held the office of President, Secretary, Treasurer or Director of SOUL (or a similar role in any predecessor body),
provided that the person:
  • contributes to and supports the purposes of SOUL; and
  • is accepted by the Board of SOUL in its absolute discretion as an appropriate person to be admitted as an Honorary Member.