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The .law and .abogado Eligibility Policy

Summary:

.law and .abogado are restricted top-level-domains (TLDs) that aim to promote trust in the professional legal community by creating exclusive online spaces in which Qualified Lawyers and Authorized Legal Institutions (i.e., law firms, law schools, Legal Regulators such as bar associations and courts of law) can present themselves in a distinctive and memorable manner. In order to fulfill this mission, the .law and .abogado TLDs will offer domain names only to those verified applicants who satisfy the Eligibility Criteria as set out in this .law and .abogado Eligibility Policy. The strict Eligibility Criteria, which will be applied through a verification process, will enhance the integrity of the .law and .abogado TLDs.

As the .law and .abogado TLDs are open to registrations from anywhere in the world, what constitutes a Qualified Lawyer or Authorized Legal Institution may vary between jurisdictions. For this reason, the Registry for .law and .abogado reserves the right to ask, including through its verification agent, for any further proof of eligibility it considers appropriate and to exercise its complete discretion in the verification of registrants to ensure that the spirit of the Eligibility Criteria is met.

.law and .abogado Eligibility Criteria

In order to register a domain name in the .law and .abogado TLDs, the full official name of the registrant must be recorded in the Name and/or Organization fields in the Registrant Contact information of the relevant whois record AND the registrant must be one of the following:

  • A Qualified Lawyer: A professional who is licensed by a Legal Regulator to practice law. A Qualified Lawyer must be identifiable as a currently-licensed practitioner in the public records kept by the relevant Legal Regulator (a lawyer with inactive or non-practicing status who is not authorized to provide regulated legal services under the rules of their Legal Regulator is not eligible under this Eligibility Policy).
  • A Law Firm: A partnership or incorporated entity formed by one or more Qualified Lawyers to engage in the practice of law. In jurisdictions where applicable, a Law Firm must be authorized by a Legal Regulator to provide legal services.
  • A Court of Law: An organization of government enacted by international, national, or state legislation that has the authority to adjudicate legal disputes between parties and carry out the administration of justice in a given jurisdiction.
  • A Law School: An institution approved by a Legal Regulator or a recognized regulator of education to provide academic or vocational legal education as part of a process for becoming a Qualified Lawyer within a given jurisdiction.
  • A Legal Regulator: An institution that is enacted and/or approved by international, national, or state legislation to regulate the provision of legal services in a given jurisdiction.
Required Information

In order to be able to verify the eligibility of a registrant of a .law or .abogado domain name, the registry will also require that a registrant provides the following information at the time of their registration:

  • Their name as registered with their regulator;
  • The official name of their regulator (e.g., The State Bar of California)(Accreditor Name Field);
  • The year of registration with their regulator (Accreditation Year Field);
  • The license number of their registration with their regulators (Accreditation ID Field); and
  • The jurisdiction of their regulator (Accreditation Jurisdiction Country plus State/Province/Region Fields, as applicable)

Field Information Required
Accreditation ID Accreditation ID or “NA” if not applicable1
Accreditiation Year Year of Accreditation2
Accreditation Jurisdiction Country Jurisdiction of Accreditation2
State/Province/Region if Applicable State/Province/Region or “NA” if not applicable
Accreditor Name Accrediting Body

1 - Some jurisdictions do not publicly disclose their accreditation IDs

2 - Required

The Registry for .law and .abogado reserves the right to engage an independent verification agent to carry out the verification of applicants against the Eligibility Criteria in this Eligibility Policy. The .law and .abogado registry reserves the right for the independent verification agent to contact applicants in order to request any further information or supporting documentation that it deems necessary to satisfy itself as to whether or not a applicant meets the requirements of this Eligibility Policy.



Authorized Legal Institutions

  • The full official name of the Legal Institution (e.g., John Smith Law Firm);
  • The official name of their Regulator or Governing body (e.g., The State Bar of California) or other regulatory or overseeing body, if applicable (Accreditor Name Field);
  • The year of their accreditation with their Legal Regulator or other regulatory or overseeing body or of their formation (Accreditation Year Field);
  • Their license number or other identifying reference as recorded with their Regulator or Governing body, if applicable (Accreditation ID Field); and
  • The jurisdiction in which they are based (Accreditation Jurisdiction Country plus State/Province/Region Fields, as applicable).

In the case of applicants that are Authorized Legal Institutions and may not be governed by a Legal Regulator, they should enter the name and jurisdiction of any other applicable overseeing body (e.g., The California Supreme Court) or enacting legislation (e.g., The State Bar Act). Or, in the alternative, enter N/A to indicate that the information is “Not Applicable”.


Field Information Required
Accreditation ID Accreditation ID, Registration ID or NA if not applicable
Accreditiation Year Year of Accreditation or Formation1
Accreditation Jurisdiction Country Jurisdiction of Accreditation or Establishment1
State/Province/Region if Applicable State/Province/Region or “NA” if not applicable
Accreditor Name Accrediting, Governing body or NA if not applicable

1 - Required


Note: The Registry for .law and .abogado reserves the right to engage an independent verification agent to carry out the verification of applicants against the Eligibility Criteria in this Eligibility Policy. The .law and .abogado registry reserves the right for the independent verification agent to contact applicants in order to request any further information or supporting documentation that it deems necessary to satisfy itself as to whether or not an applicant meets the requirements of this Eligibility Policy.