I have nearly achieved the Member or Fellow requirements, except for the College examination or another ACLM course requirement. What level of membership should I apply for?

All Members/Fellows initially join the College as an Associate member. However, you have two options for how to submit your application:

Option One:

- Apply for Associate membership ($220 application fee)
- Complete all final requirements to reach Member or Fellowship, including ACLM courses and examination.
- Once Member/Fellow requirements appear to be complete, apply to upgrade to Member/Fellow ($110 application fee). This includes submitting the Fellowship application form. College Council will then assess whether you have fulfilled all requirements and advise of your application outcome.

Option Two:

- Apply for Membership/ Fellowship ($330 application fee). Your application will be assessed by College Council with a view to Member/Fellowship.
- You will most likely be offered to join as an Associate Member and informed which requirements are still needing to be completed to achieve Member/Fellowship, e.g. sit the Exam
- Once all final requirements are completed, Council will review your completion of Fellowship requirements and advise whether you are ready to be awarded Member/Fellowship. 

The benefit of the second option, is that you can receive specific feedback from Council as to your future eligibility for Member/Fellowship. This is a good option if you are unsure whether your university qualifications or experience are enough to fill the criteria.

For both options, please note that we expect you to have attended the relevant ACLM courses within 2 years of the date of your application for Fellowship. So make sure not to start our courses and then leave many years between finally applying for Fellowship or we may ask you to attend again to make sure your knowledge is current. 


What is the Exam and can I get exemption?

Please refer to our Members Area - ACLM Examination for more details. All persons wanting to attain Membership or Fellowship must complete the examination - no exemptions are given.


Can I sit the Exam while I am not a member, and then apply for Membership/Fellowship?

No. The College Examination is only offered to current members who have completed all other requirements in working towards Member/Fellowship. 


I am a law student. Can I join as a Student member?

The category of Student membership is for medical or dental students who are also undertaking or planning to undertake studies in legal or forensic medicine.

If you are a law student who has no medical qualification or current area of study, you are not eligible to be a Student member of ACLM.

If you are a medical/dental professional who is currently studying law or forensics, then the Associate category of membership is applicable to you.


What courses will give me a qualification in legal or forensic medicine which fulfill ACLM's requirements for Fellowship?

Fellows must hold a qualification in legal or forensic medicine which the Council considers appropriate, being at least a bachelor's degree or the equivalent in law, or a master's degree in medical law relevant to the practice of legal medicine, or a master's degree or equivalent relevant to the practice of forensic medicine.

Some examples are:

- Any reputable Bachelor of Laws
- The University of Melbourne - Master of Health & Medical Law
- The University of Sydney - Master of Health Law
- Monash University - Master of Forensic Medicine


What courses will give me a qualification in legal or forensic medicine which fulfill ACLM's requirements for Membership?

Members must hold a graduate qualification in the field of law which the Council considers appropriate, being at least a graduate diploma or equivalent relevant to legal medicine, or being at least a graduate diploma or equivalent relevant to forensic medicine (for example a diploma in medical jurisprudence).

Please feel free to contact us if you are intending to study a particular course and would like to know if it fulfills ACLM's Member or Fellow requirements.