The Southland branch of the New Zealand Law Society had its beginnings on 21 December 1878 when the Southland District Law Society was founded. This became the Southland branch of the Law Society on 1 February 2009.
Governance is by an elected Branch Council, consisting of the branch President, the Vice-President and five Council members. The President, Paul Gray, represents the branch on the New Zealand Law Society's Council.
The branch functions include:
The Southland branch includes the centres of Gore, Invercargill, Mataura, Otautau, Riverton, Tapanui, Te Anau, Tuatapere, Winton and Wyndham.