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Certificates of Completion

Under the Lawyers and Conveyancers (Lawyers: Admission) Rules 2008, in order to show that the educational requirements have been completed, a candidate seeking admission to the High Court of New Zealand needs, to obtain a Certificate of Completion from the Council.

Christmas Closedown

The Council will close on 23 December 2022 and reopen on 16 January 2023.

The last date for submission of New Zealand Completion Certificate applications is 25 November 2022 to allow enough time to process and send your completion certificate before we close on 23 December 2022. Any applications received after this date will not be processed until after 23 January 2023, please allow for standard processing times after this date.

Fast Track applications will be accepted up to 9 December 2022. Any applications received after this date will not be processed until after 23 January 2023, please allow for standard processing times after this date.

Courier

If you would like to send your application in as a physical copy, please be aware that we can ONLY receive physical applications via our P.O. Box 5671 Wellington. If you use a courier for this please ensure the courier you make use of is able to deliver to a PO Box.

Stale Qualifications

Please note that if any part of your qualification is affected by staleness you will need to make an application for assessment of stale qualifications before applying for your completion certificate. Please click on Stale Qualifications for more details.

If any of the following LLB core subjects were completed before 2011, you should make a stale application:

  • The Legal System
  • Legal Ethics
  • Public Law
  • Contracts
  • Torts
  • Criminal Law
  • Property law (or Land Law and Equity and Succession)

New Zealand Law Graduates

The application form may be downloaded here.

Processing time

Allow for 6 to 8 weeks (up to 40 working days) processing time from the date your application is received by the Council. All applications received will be processed as soon as possible, but we cannot guarantee the date of receipt of your certificate. Please do not contact the council to enquire about the status of your application as this causes further delays.

Email application process - NZ Law Graduates only

Completion certificate application can be emailed to completioncertificatesnz@nzcle.org.nz. When sending applications to this email, please note that you will not receive a reply to any queries sent with your application. All queries should be directed to operations@nzcle.org.nz.

Fast-track fee - NZ Law Graduates Only

The fast-track fee is $200 (including GST) and is in addition to the standard fee of $189.75 (including GST). Your certificate should be dispatched within 8 working days from the date we receive the application, granted that payment and all correct documentation is received. Note the fast-track timeframe of 8 working days is not a guarantee as we rely on external organisations and institutions to verify your supporting documentation.

Overseas Law Graduates and Practitioners

When you have completed all the requirements imposed on you by the Council, you will be entitled to apply for a Completion Certificate.

The application form may be downloaded here.

Please allow for 6 to 8 weeks (up to 40 working days) processing time from the date your application is received by the Council. All applications received will be processed as soon as possible, but we cannot guarantee the date of receipt of your certificate. Please do not contact the council to enquire about the status of your application as this causes further delays.

 



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