New Zealand Council of Legal Education






The Council is currently dealing with a critical incident.

The Council is required to move from its premises at 26 Waring Taylor Street, owing to a recent detailed Seismic Assessment which has shown that part of the building is earthquake prone.

This will affect all services including Completion Certificate applications, and assessment of overseas law qualifications applications. These processes will experience delays.

We thank you for your patience at this difficult time.

Work of the Council

The Council is an independent statutory body. The general activities of the Council concern public interest and regulatory matters and centre on the Council's responsibilities for the quality and provision of education and practical legal training that is required to be undertaken by any person either within New Zealand or from overseas wishing to be admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.

These general activities include:

  • Defining and prescribing courses of study for the examination and practical legal training of persons wishing to be admitted as barristers and solicitors in New Zealand
  • Arranging for the provision of those courses of study
  • Arranging for the moderation and assessment of those courses of study
  • Delivery of practical legal training
  • Assessment of qualifications particularly those of overseas law graduates and legal practitioners wishing to practise in New Zealand
  • Arranging for the provision of research as necessary, and tendering advice on legal education
  • Administering and conducting certain examinations required to be taken by some overseas and other applicants.

For more information about the legislation under which the Council operates, please see the About Us page



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