New Zealand Law Society - Law Reform and Advocacy Advisor - Wellington

Law Reform and Advocacy Advisor - Wellington

New Zealand Law Society Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa, Wellington

About the role
We are seeking an exceptional candidate to join our in-house law reform team, to assist our specialist committees in making submissions on diverse, interesting, and important law reforms. This is a great opportunity to make a real contribution to supporting the administration of justice and rule of law in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

You’ll be working with a collegial, supportive team of in-house lawyers, and liaising with lawyers across New Zealand who serve on our specialist committees. The work is challenging, varied and fast-paced, and requires a high level of judgment and political nous. This is a rewarding position and a rare opportunity to work across a range of practice areas and advocate for the benefit of the public and Aotearoa’s justice system.

The ideal applicant will have:

  • A law degree (3+ years post-qualification experience is preferred)
  • Ideally, experience in criminal law, whether in a defence, prosecutorial, or courts role
  • An understanding of policy development and law-making
  • Strong analytical, project and time management skills
  • A high standard of accuracy, clarity and consistency in written and oral language
  • Political nous and diplomacy
  • The ability to work well in a team
  • A sense of humour and a belief in having fun at work!

The Law Society wants to attract, support and retain quality staff and one of the ways we achieve this is by offering employees flexible working, to support staff to deliver their best and achieve a good work/life balance. The Law Society is committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion and is keen to ensure that appointments reflect New Zealand’s multicultural society. Applications from a diverse range of backgrounds are encouraged.

About the Law Society
The New Zealand Law Society Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa is the professional body for barristers and solicitors and the kaitiaki of legal services in Aotearoa New Zealand. The Law Society regulates all lawyers practising in New Zealand and is the membership organisation for practising lawyers. It also has a unique statutory obligation to assist and promote, for the purpose of upholding the rule of law and facilitating the administration of justice in New Zealand, the reform of the law.

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For information on the Law Society’s law reform work, see

For a confidential discussion please contact a member of the People and Culture team

If you would like to apply, please complete the application form and submit this together with your cover letter and CV to

Applications close 5pm Friday 29 September 2023

Shortlisting may occur whilst the advertisement is open, so we encourage you to make an early application.

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