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.


The Council’s offices are scheduled to close on Friday 16th December 2016 and to re-open on Monday 16th January 2017 at 10.00am. No applications for assessment of overseas qualifications or completion certificates will be processed during this closure.


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