New Zealand Council of Legal Education




The New Zealand Law and Practice Examination

The Council requires many overseas applicants to pass all or a number of Parts of an examination on the law of New Zealand.

The Examination consists of a six Part written Examination following a comprehensive self-taught prescription. The exam is held twice a year. Each sitting consists of two days (three Parts per day). The purpose of the Examination is to test the applicant's knowledge of the distinct features of the New Zealand law, and proceeds on the basis that the applicant will already have an understanding of the common law principles in that subject, by virtue of the applicant's overseas law degree.

The Examination covers the areas of Legal System, Contract Law, Criminal Law, Property Law, Torts, and Equity. Each Part consists of one written Examination of 90 minutes duration.

Increase in New Zealand Law Practice Examination Fees

The New Zealand Council of Legal Education will be increasing the fee for each part of the New Zealand Law Practice Examination by $250 bringing the cost to $750.

Under Regulation 11 of the Conduct of the New Zealand and Practice Examination Regulations 1996, the cost of concession applications will also increase to $200 each for compensation passes (Reg 11.4), aegrotat passes (Reg 11.1) and compassionate passes (Reg 11.2).

The Council is increasing the NZLPE fee to account for the increased administrative and operational costs to process and assess each assessment script. The increase also includes some additional compliance costs required as a result of COVID-19 including increase in invigilation costs, venue hire, and charges associated with implementing contact tracing and other public health measure controls.

November 2020 examination sitting

General Information (click to download)

Dates and Times (click to download)

Thursday 26th November 2020      
Part I Legal System 9:00am - 10:30am Open Book
Part II Contract 11:00am - 12:30pm Open Book
Part III Criminal Law 2:00pm - 3:30pm Open Book
Friday 27th November 2020      
Part IV Property 9:00am - 10:30am Closed Book
Part V Torts 11:00am - 12:30pm Closed Book
Part VI Equity 2:00pm - 3:30pm Closed Book

Application form (click to download)

Schedule of fees (click to download)

Request for past papers (click to download)

Prescription for the Examination November 2020 (click to download)

Please download, complete the application form and email with proof of payment to NZLPexam@nzcle.org.nz

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