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First Steps: The experiences and retention of New Zealand's junior lawyers

02 July 2016

Law graduate Josh Pemberton has prepared a report on his research into the experiences of lawyers in New Zealand within the first five years of their admission.

The report First Steps: The Experiences and Retention of New Zealand's Junior Lawyers, summarises and analyses research which included 40 hour-long interviews and a survey of over 800 junior lawyersIt can be downloaded here.

It was funded by the Law Foundation and supported by the New Zealand Law Society and Otago University Law Faculty.

Cover of the First Steps report

The report provides both statistical data along with extensive commentary from the young lawyers themselves about various aspects of their life in the law – including

  • how well they were prepared for legal practice
  • early challenges in lawyering
  • satisfaction
  • work-life balance
  • pay and progress
  • future plans


Last updated on the 2nd July 2016