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New Zealand Council of Legal Education

 

 

 

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.

Christmas closedown

The Council will be closed from 24 December 2020 to 10 January 2021.

Please note the following for each division during Christmas break:

New Zealand Completion Certificates

The last date for submission of New Zealand Completion Certificate applications is 23 November 2020 to allow enough time to process and send your completion certificate before we close on 24 December 2020. Any applications received after this date will not be processed until after 18 January 2021, please allow for standard processing times after this date.

Fast Track applications will be accepted up to 11 December 2020. Any applications received after this date will not be processed until after 18 January 2021, please allow for standard processing times after this date.

Stale Qualification Assessments

No applications will be processed between 21 December 2020 and 10 January 2021, please allow for standard processing times after this date.

Overseas Completion Certificates

No applications will be processed between 24 December 2020 and 10 January 2021, please allow for standard processing times after this date.

Overseas Credit Applications

No applications will be processed between 21 December 2020 and 10 January 2021, please allow for standard processing times after this date.

Completion certificates

Processing time

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.

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.

Please ensure that you address your application to the Completion Certificate Division.

NZ Law Graduates only

Email application process - NZ Law Graduates Only

You can now send your Completion Certificate Application From (New Zealand Degree Holders Only) including supporting documents 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

In the event you require a fast-tracked completion certificate application, please email operations@nzcle.org.nz. Fast-track applications is processed within 8 working days from the date we receive the application, granted that payment and all correct documentation is received. The fast-track fee is $200 (including GST) and is in addition to the standard fee of $189.75 (including GST).

NZLP Examination

New Zealand sitting

Please note that the next sitting for the NZLP examination will take place on 2 and 3 March 2021.

The March 2021 New Zealand examination will be sat at the University law faculties.

For enrolments and administrative enquiries please contact the Examination Administrator Breid Keating at NZLPexam@nzcle.org.nz. For academic inquiries please contact the Academic Co-ordinator Professor Catherine Iorns Magallanes at Catherine.Iorns@vuw.ac.nz. For all other enquiries please contact operations@nzcle.org.nz.

Enrolment is now open. Please send your application as soon as possible.

Please refer to the Law Practice Exam tab for more.

Overseas sitting

Due to Covid-19 and travel restrictions no overseas sitting will be held, however the Council may allow each applicant to sit the NZLP examination in their home country provided they can satisfy the necessary requirements. Each applicant needs to arrange a suitable venue and independent invigilator at their own cost. Preferable venues are:

• Education institution
• Consulate
• Business advisory Council New Zealand
• New Zealand Embassy

When submitting your application by email to Council, please include the following details:

• Venue
• Contact details of venue
• Contact details of invigilator

Each application venue will be considered individually, and you will be advised of our decision within 10 working days from receipt of application. The Council may decline to approve any venue at its discretion.


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

 

 

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