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Information you must supply

There are a number of documents you must provide directly to the Society. Documents (except passport details) must be originals and copies will not be accepted.

  • The completed application on the prescribed form
  • Passport/birth certificate. A certified copy of the page with your photograph and personal details is required. If you do not have a current passport you must provide the original of your birth certificate.
  • Proof of any name change (if applicable). Originals of the deed poll/marriage certificate and/or statutory declaration are required.
  • Statutory declaration. You must provide a declaration if your name appears differently in different documents or has a different sequence. The declaration should state that you are the person referred to by the various names used in the documents. Check the Society's guidelines on statutory declarations for details.
  • Your resumé/CV. You must provide details of your full employment history to the month and year and a brief explanation of any gaps.
  • If you have been admitted to another jurisdiction, a Certificate of Standing from the regulatory body in that jurisdiction.
  • If you have been regulated in another profession, a Certificate of Standing (or equivalent) from the relevant regulatory body.
  • Request for criminal conviction history by a third party (please note this form is specific to the Law Society and must be used). The Law Society requires all applicants to consent to the request of a copy of the applicant’s criminal convictions from the Ministry of Justice.
  • If you have lived in a country other than New Zealand for more than one year since you turned 18 (other than on a University exchange arranged through a NZ University) you will need to arrange for an equivalent report to be sent direct to the Law Society from that country.
  • If you have declared any mental or physical health conditions that may affect your ability to carry out the functions required to practice law, please include a medical report form your health professional/specialist. Check the Law Society’s Guidelines for applicants declaring health conditions for details.

Please provide an appropriately sized self-addressed pre-paid A4 courier bag with your application to enable safe return of your original documents. Or check with the branch to see if you can collect your certificate.

Last updated on the 18th October 2018