Certificate of Eligibility

Some qualified lawyers can apply for a Certificate of Eligibility to take the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test - information about the application process is outlined here.

Apply by post

Please note, you must submit your application by post to:

Catherine Byrne, Administrator for Foreign Qualified Lawyers, Education Dept, Law Society of Ireland, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7.

Applications by email are not accepted.

Who can apply

The Certificate of Eligibility application form is for use by the following qualified lawyers who wish to obtain a Certificate of Eligibility to take the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test:

  1. Admitted as an attorney in New York (with one year post qualification experience ‘PQE’ in New York)
  2. Admitted as an attorney in California (with one year ‘PQE’ in California)
  3. Admitted as an attorney in Pennsylvania (with five years ‘PQE’ in Pennsylvania)
  4. Admitted as a solicitor in NSW (and other Australian States – provided an applicant is eligible to practice in NSW).
  5. Admitted as a solicitor in New Zealand
  6. Admitted as a solicitor in Scotland
  7. Admitted as a lawyer in an EFTA member state ie Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland
  8. Admitted as a lawyer in a EU member state ie Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden.

Application form and supporting documents

Certificate of Eligibility applications are accepted throughout the year. Click on the links below for the form which includes important information and supporting documentation you need to supply as part of your application. 

You must submit your application by post to Catherine Byrne, Administrator for Foreign Qualified Lawyers, Education Dept, Law Society of Ireland, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7. Applications by email are not accepted.

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Contact us

For queries in relation to this process, including Certificate of Eligibility renewals, please contact Catherine Byrne.