The new gTLD’s .Law and .abogado are in general availability but due to the new domain extensions being restricted, registrations are taking a while to show up in the zone file.
Today it appears the domain names registered in the Sunrise Period were loaded into the zone and at the moment the count is 86 domain name registrations in .law and 30 for .abogado.
However interestingly there seems to be some registrants in Sunrise by Companies that are not lawyers.
There are registrants of domain names of companies that certainly have lawyers working for them, but the registrants would not seem to be lawyers or engaged in the legal profession as their main business including; Yahoo, Flickr, Tumblr, WordPress and MarkMonitor.com
This is from the .law official site at nic.law.:
“”Both new domain name extensions are restricted “.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 and ensure that internet users have the confidence that a .law or .abogado applicant is an appropriately-regulated and licensed legal professional.
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.””
Maybe I’m reading the requirements wrong but it talks about the registrant having to have to be a licensed attorney not just the person who is applying on behalf of a registrant.
I’ll reach out to .law today for more clarification.
Here are the domain registrations in Sunrise to date for both .Law and .Abogado: