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.

An Information Pack for the Examination is available by email. Please contact operations@nzcle.org.nz.

Important Notice Regarding NZLPE

At the October 2012 Council meeting, the New Zealand Council of Legal Education determined that as from February 2013 the Examination may only be sat at a New Zealand University Law School, or at one approved venue in the United Kingdom. This followed an earlier amendment which limited overseas sittings to London only. Prior to that, the Examination was held at any overseas venue approved by the Council. The need to change arose out of growing security concerns, and the need to ensure consistency and fairness in the invigilation of the Examination.

Past Exam Papers

After careful consideration the Council has decided to offer the past exam papers to candidates for a fee, as it has done in the past.

Currently there are two 5 year sets of past papers available for purchase (2014 – 2010) and (2009 - 2005). All other papers (including papers for 2015) may be purchased individually or by sitting, as per the application form in the Information Pack.

You may request the past exam papers at the time of enrolment (the application form will incorporate the exam papers request), or, you may contact the Council’s NZLPE Division for assistance. Exam papers will be emailed to candidates in PDF format.

Please note that copyright in the examination papers is held by the Council. On-sale of any papers is prohibited.

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