New Zealand Law Society - Pre-register for 2024-25 membership

Pre-register for 2024-25 membership

Pre-register for 2024-25 membership

Pre-registration for the 2024-25 membership year is now open. Pre-registering now ensures you will continue to receive the same great service, with even more value. Law Society membership benefits include advocacy for the profession, membership to a section* and access to a range of services to help you connect, grow, learn and stay informed. A full list of benefits can be found on our website. *eligibility criteria apply

As the New Zealand Law Society Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa introduces a paid membership subscription, Chief Executive Katie Rusbatch says the refreshed offer means lawyers will get the same great service with even more value.

Ms Rusbatch is calling on members of the profession to pre-register now to take up the new offer which includes member-only benefits, with more detail on these coming in the next few months.

“The Law Society is a strong voice and trusted advocate for access to justice and rule of law across the motu.”

And, in the last year alone, over 10,000 members of the profession participated in events run by the Law Society’s 13 branches.

Ms Rusbatch says the Law Society delivers real value to the profession throughout the country.

More than 16,000 lawyers are currently members of the Law Society and receive membership services at no cost (unless they are a member of the Family or Property Law Sections).

“We’ve already received positive feedback from lawyers who are telling us that they see real value in the services we provide for what they consider is a modest subscription,” she says.

Ms Rusbatch notes the money the Law Society receives from practising certificate fees can only be spent on regulatory matters, not on representative services for members.

Section 67(4) of the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006 prohibits any cross-subsidisation, and the Law Society has separate regulatory and representative accounts.

“We are now moving to a model of paid membership to support the delivery of our representative services,” she says.

From 1 July, for the 2024/25 year, an annual membership subscription will cost $290 +GST (including complimentary membership to a Law Society Section). Lawyers in their first two years of practising will receive free membership.

Ms Rusbatch says services that are currently funded by regulatory, such as libraries, counselling, and mentoring, will continue to be available to the whole profession, regardless of membership status.

The value of membership

Ms Rusbatch says the Law Society is the only national organisation that represents and advocates for all of the profession.

“We work for the interests of the profession through our advocacy for access to justice and the rule of law,” she says. “This can range from providing feedback on proposed law changes to advocating for increased rates for duty lawyers.”

The Branches and Sections offer a wide range of opportunities for lawyers to meet, connect, share their experiences, and learn from each other and experts.

“We have 13 Branches from the top of the north to the bottom of the south and we know that the support and services our Branches offer are deeply valued by lawyers,” says Ms Rusbatch.

“We also perform a critical role in providing lawyers with the most up-to-date information and advice across all aspects of the law.”

Ms Rusbatch says the Law Society offers support, advice and guidance on health and wellbeing, career, complaints, practice area and technical issues.

“We are there for lawyers when it really matters,” she says.

Member benefits for the 2024-25 membership year

Effective from 1 July 2024

Advocacy for the profession
A strong voice and trusted advocate for access to justice and rule of law across the motu

Complimentary membership to a Section
Gain access to the broad range of services and support offered by our Sections (FLS, PLS, ILANZ)Note that eligibility criteria apply to Section membership

Member savings on CPD
Enjoy savings with up to 30% off full price NZLS CLE Limited and Law Society education

Networking and learning events
Stay connected with events, learning and support via our 13 Branches and Sections

Local support through our Branch network
A community to turn to when you need help

Listed on Find a Lawyer
Be discovered with Find a Lawyer, a publicly searchable lawyer database

Save money
Enjoy member-only offers and discounts through our Partner Programme

Specialist tools and resources
Access our growing library of tools, resources and guides for your practice and area of law

Mentoring and career hub
One-stop-shop of tools and resources to support you in your career

Enhance your brand
Build confidence with your clients and promote your membership of the Law Society with the use of Law Society and FLS/PLS logo and Law Society Member-only post-nominals

Member-only bulletins
Stay informed on critical issues related to your area of practice

Complimentary membership for new lawyers in your first two years of practice
Membership, support, collegiality and resources designed especially for new lawyers in your first two years of practice

Personal, Wellbeing and Professional Support
As a member, the Law Society is here to support you through various stages of your professional life, with resources and support in times of need. Support is available to all lawyers on a confidential basis by fellow lawyers on your questions or concerns related to practice issues

And more coming soon...

The value of Section membership

Membership to the New Zealand Law Society includes membership to a Section, which offers deeper value to members working in particular areas of law.


  • Member rates bespoke education for in-house lawyers
  • Events to connect with inhouse lawyers in your region and practice area
  • Advocating for issues impacting the in-house community
  • Member rates for posting jobs on ILANZ Job Hub
  • Member price for our annual ILANZ conference and other events
  • Specialist events for General Counsel
  • Regular member updates
  • Access to ILANZ Inhouse Insights reporting

Family Law Section

  • Family Law reform and advocacy on family law issues
  • Free and member rates for bespoke education and CPD for family lawyers including Family Law conference
  • Guidelines and protocols
  • Events to connect with family law lawyers in your region
  • Listed on the publicly searchable Find a Lawyer database
  • Support on a confidential basis by fellow lawyers via our FLS Friends Panel, Immediate Issues Team and regional representatives
  • Member bulletins and Family Advocate magazine
  • Member rates for advertising in member publications
  • FLS member logo

Property Law Section

  • Property Law Reform
  • Property law resources including the PLS Guidelines
  • Thinking Property seminars and other CPD
  • Advocacy and guidance on property law issues
  • Member updates and The Property Lawyer magazine
  • Listing on the publicly searchable Find a Lawyer database
  • PLS member logo
  • PLS Accredited Specialist scheme

Lawyers can join an additional section for $100 plus GST per section.

Our Partner Programme brings you more

We’re introducing a Partner Programme and from 1 July you’ll be able to save money through member only offers and discounts, including:

  • Banking
  • Insurance
  • Accommodation and travel
  • Retail and more

We’ll also have special early access offers available so make sure you’re following us on social media to get access. We’ll provide more information about these offers in the coming months.


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The fine print

Membership can be a great way to access services on offer by the Law Society, but it is voluntary. Lawyers who choose not to remain members will still be able to participate in Branches and Sections. However, members will receive member benefits, discounted pricing for events and education, including up to 30% off full price NZLS CLE Limited and Law Society education, and are able to participate in in the Branch and Section Council governance and elections.

Lawyers in their first two years of practising will receive free membership.

Want to know more?

You can learn more about our 2024-25 membership offer, how to pre-register and read the membership frequently asked questions by visiting our website