An Accredited Specialist is a solicitor recognised by the Law Institute of Victoria as having expertise in a particular area of the law.Only the best lawyers in their field of expertise become Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Specialists. Accredited Specialists must have at least 5 years full time practice experience and at least three years practice experience in their area of specialisation. Accredited Specialists must maintain a high degree of Professional Development in their area of specialisation. All specialists must pass a comprehensive examination process, testing technical knowledge, writing and practical advocacy skills.This examination process is developed and assessed by industry experts. Specialists need to apply for re-accreditation every 3 years.