What is .law?
.law and .abogado are new restricted top-level domains (TLDs).
What makes .law and .abogado unique? .law and .abogado will offer domain names only to Qualified Lawyers who satisfy the eligibility criteria. The verification process will enhance the integrity of the .law and .abogado top-level domains and help ensure that internet users have confidence that a .law or .abogado registrant is an appropriately-regulated and licensed legal professional. For full eligibility criteria, please see the .law and .abogado Eligibility Policy.
Who is a Qualified Lawyer?
A Qualified Lawyer is a lawyer who was been verified by our verification agent as a licensed legal professional in an appropriately-regulated jurisdiction.
Who is .law?
Minds + Machines Group Limited (LSE:MMX), an owner and operator of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs), has been given the exclusive license to be the registry operator for .law and .abogado by ICANN, the regulator of the Internet namespace. Minds + Machines also operates a registrar that sells domain names directly to the public.
The .law and .abogado Eligibility Policy:
.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 lawyers that are regulated and licensed to practice law can present themselves in a distinctive and memorable manner. In order to fulfil 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 the .law and .abogado Eligibility Policy.
As the .law and .abogado TLDs are open to registrations from applicants from anywhere in the world, what constitutes an appropriately-regulated and licensed legal professional will vary between jurisdictions. For this reason, the Registry for .law and .abogado reserves the right to ask, including through its validation agent, for any further proof of eligibility it considers appropriate and to exercise its complete discretion in the acceptance and rejection of potential applicants to ensure that the spirit of the Eligibility Criteria is met, in order to fulfil their mission of creating trusted online spaces for only regulated and licensed legal professionals.
.law and .abogado Eligibility Criteria
In order to be eligible to apply (and continue to be a registrant of) a domain name in the .law and .abogado TLDs, the applicant must be a Qualified Lawyer. For the purposes of this Eligibility Policy, a Qualified Lawyer is a professional who is licensed to practice law by an approved regulator of legal services in a given jurisdiction. A Qualified Lawyer must be identifiable as a currently-licensed practitioner in the public records kept by the relevant approved regulator.
Applications for domain names in .law and .abogado using a registrar proxy or privacy service or any other service having an equivalent effect will not be allowed.
In order to be able to verify the eligibility of a .law or .abogado domain name applicant, the registry will require that applicants provide the following additional information at the time of their application:
- Their name as registered with their regulator;
- The official name of their regulator (e.g., The State Bar of California);
- The year of registration with their regulator;
- The license number of their registration with their regulator; and
- The jurisdiction of their regulator (country plus state, province, and/or district, as applicable).
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 the Eligibility Policy.
Who is eligible to apply for a .law or .abogado domain name?
Only Qualified Lawyers are eligible to secure a .law and/or .abogado domain name. A Qualified Lawyer is a professional who is licensed to practice law by an approved regulator of legal services in a given jurisdiction. A Qualified Lawyer must be identifiable as a currently-licensed practitioner in the public records kept by the relevant approved regulator.
How do you apply for a .law or .abogado domain name?
If you are a trademark holder with your domain name in the ICANN’s trademark clearinghouse, you can apply for your domain name at any registrar authorised to sell .law and/or .abogado domain names during a special period just for trademark owners called sunrise. The sunrise period started on 30 July 2015 and will end on 28 September 2015.
Domain names became available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning on 12 October 2015.
To express your interest in a .law and/or .abogado domain name, you should contact email@example.com. Alternatively, you may also contact any registrar that is authorised to sell .law and .abogado names. For a list of authorised registrars, please see the nic.law Registrars page.
What is the verification process?
The registry that runs the .law and .abogado domain names will engage an independent verification company to verify applicants for .law and .abogado domain names based upon the criteria in the Eligibility Policy, and includes the right to request for any additional information or documentation it deems necessary to complete the verification process.
What information must the applicant provide? The applicant must provide their own Qualified Lawyer information:
- · Their full name as the applicant, as recorded with their regulator;
- · The official name of their regulator (e.g., The State Bar of California);
- · The year of their registration with the regulator;
- · The reference number of their registration with the regulator;
- · The country jurisdiction of their regulator;
- · The state/province/district jurisdiction of their regulator (where relevant).
How long will the verification process typically take?
Timing will depend on the quality of the information submitted and the availability of data from regulatory bodies.
For Sunrise, verifications are expected to be completed prior to the start of the Early Access Program (EAP). During EAP and General Availability, we expect that the majority of verifications will be completed within 48 hours of being submitted.
What is the cost to apply for a .law or a .abogado domain name?
.law and .abogado use a tiered pricing structure with one standard price and multiple premium pricing tiers. Please check with an authorised registrar for pricing.
During sunrise, a one-time sunrise application fee is added to the registration rate.
During the Early Access Program, a one-time fee is added to the registration rate.
What is the Early Access Program?
The opening period, which runs for 7 days, is known as the Early Access Program (EAP) where Qualified Lawyers can apply for their desired names on a first-come, first-served basis for a one-time EAP fee in addition to the annual registration fee.
What is the EAP pricing?
Pricing is scaled based on how soon you want your domain name and will decrease each day for the first seven days of General Availability. Check with an authorised registrar for additional information.
Visit www.nic.law for further information
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Two of the world’s largest firms, DLA Piper and Skadden, Arps, Slate Meagher & Flom, have placed reservations to purchase .law URLs. Unlike .legal, .law and .abogado TLDs are only open to registrations from ‘an appropriately-regulated and licensed legal professional’.