New Zealand Law Society - Law Society and section membership

Law Society and section membership

Law Society membership 

You can choose to bcome a Law Society member when you apply for your practising certificate. Membership is optional, but most lawyers have elected to be members.

Membership of the Law Society entitles holders to benefits such as preferential rates for NZLS Continuing Legal Education Seminars and selected branch activities. Law Society members are automatically members of the local branch and are eligible to join a Law Society section.

There is currently no fee for membership of the Law Society. Membership renews automatically each year and this will appear with no cost on your invoice.

To join, or if you no longer want to be a member of the Law Society please email

Section membership 

Being a member of the Law Society also allows you to join our sections. Sections give you access to member-only resources, discounted conferences and seminars, and regular updates with information relevant to the practice areas, among other benefits. 

There are three specialist sections of the Law Society. If want to join, or find out more about the sections, please visit the appropriate membership page:

Fees for the Family Law Section and Property Law Section are invoiced on joining. If you are already a member of the Family Law Section or Property Law Section, your membership renewal fee will be included on your invoice and as part of the annual practising certificate renewal process. There is no fee for membership of the In-house Lawyers Association of New Zealand (ILANZ) membership. 

If you are not intending to renew your section membership at the end of the practising year, please advise as soon as possible.

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