How to become a Costs Lawyer

Qualification requirements

In order to become a Costs Lawyer, you will need to complete the Costs Lawyer Qualification. This is a modular course of study that is delivered in three year-long units. You might be eligible for exemptions from certain aspects of the Costs Lawyer Qualification if you have completed relevant prior learning, such as a law degree or a professional training course.

In addition to the academic element of your training, you will need to complete a period of supervised practice. This can be carried out before, during or after studying for the Costs Lawyer Qualification.

In our Course Documentation you can find more information about:

  • the aims and objectives of the course
  • the course syllabus
  • the exemptions that are available

In 2021, we developed a new Competency Statement that sets out the level of competency we expect of Costs Lawyers at the point of qualifying. During 2022, we will be using the Competency Statement to update our Course Documentation and other regulatory rules for the Costs Lawyer Qualification. We will add more information to this page as our work progresses.

The CLSB’s role

The CLSB doesn’t deliver the Costs Lawyer Qualification directly to students. Instead, we accredit established study providers to deliver the course and we make rules about what the course content must cover.

Accredited study providers must comply with our Training Rules, which establish parameters for delivery of the course. The current accredited study provider is ACL Training Ltd.

After you qualify, you can apply to the CLSB for a practising certificate. This will allow you to carry out reserved legal activities and have your name included in the Register of Costs Lawyers.

How to apply for the Costs Lawyer Qualification

You can find out more about the Costs Lawyer Qualification, including the entry requirements, course information and application process on the LawCAB website.