New Zealand Council of Legal Education
Important Changes to NZLP Examination Overseas Venues
The Conduct of the New Zealand Law and Practice Examinations Regulations 1996 were amended to allow only one venue in the United Kingdom for overseas sitting of the NZLPE Examination. The amendment takes effect from 1 November 2012.
The New Zealand sittings are not affected by this change.
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Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Admission Regulations 2008
Under section 274(f) of the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006 the Council is empowered to prescribe mechanisms and criteria for the recognition of Australian qualifications under the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997. It is important for the profession that applicants and registration authorities have consistent and transparent criteria and mechanisms when applying or making decisions under the TTMRA.
To carry out its function under the Act the Council has promulgated regulations, the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Admission Regulations 2008. These regulations cover process issues (ie the form of application and checks to be undertaken by the Registrar), and also set out the criteria for equivalence.
The Regulations received Ministerial approval in October 2008 and came into force on 1 January 2009. An amendment was made to the Regulations effective 1 June 2011.
Please click on this link to download the Regulations.
Important Changes to Admission and to the Professional Examinations in Law Regulations
Important changes to the above came into force on the first of August 2008.
The first change related to regulations affecting some applicants for admission. Please select this link to read them.
The second change related to the Professional Examinations in Law Regulations. Please select this link to read them.
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External Qualifications and English Requirements
In respect of overseas qualifications assessments, the Council has expanded the policy on English language requirements, and also introduced a new policy on external qualifications. Click Overseas Qualifications for more details.
The fees for New Zealand Law and Practice Examination will increase from 1 January 2014. Click Law Practice Exam for more details.
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