New Zealand Council of Legal Education




The New Zealand Law and Practice Examination

The Council requires most 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

The Examination may only be sat at a New Zealand University Law School, or at one approved venue in the United Kingdom.

Past Exam Papers

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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