New Zealand Law Society - Admission dates

Admission dates

Below are the key dates for group admission ceremonies in New Zealand's major centres.

Ceremonies at all other courts are arranged on a one-off basis as required. Contact the High Court or your local Law Society branch for more information

Auckland Admissions

Admission Date: 16 October 2020

Applications to branch for Certificates of Character: No earlier than 22 June 2020 and no later than 10 July 2020
Last date for Referee Reports to arrive: 10 July 2020
Last date to file documents at High Court: 16 September 2020

Admission Date: 27 November 2020

Applications to branch for Certificates of Character: No earlier than 24 August 2020 and no later than 11 September 2020
Last date for Referee Reports to arrive: 11 September 2020
Last date to file documents at High Court: 27 October 2020

Hamilton Admissions

Admission Date: 9 October 2020

Applications to branch for Certificates of Character: No earlier than 22 June 2020 and no later than 3 July 2020
Last date for Referee Reports to arrive: 17 July 2020
Last date to file documents at High Court: 9 September 2020

Admission Date: 27 November 2020

Applications to branch for Certificates of Character: No earlier than 10 August 2020 And no later than 21 August 2020
Last date for Referee Reports to arrive: 4 September 2020
Last date to file documents at High Court: 27 October 2020

Wellington Admissions

Admission Date: 18 September 2020

Applications to branch for Certificates of Character: No earlier than 25 May 2020 and no later than 19 June 2020
Last date for Referee Reports to arrive: 19 June 2020
Last date to file documents at High Court: 21 August 2020

Admission Date: 11 December 2020

Applications to branch for Certificates of Character: No earlier than 17 August 2020 and no later than 11 September 2020
Last date for Referee Reports to arrive: 11 September 2020
Last date to file documents at High Court: 13 November 2020

Wellington candidate information meetings for each admission ceremony will be held as follows:

  • Monday 3 August 2020 – for 11 December 2020 admission (cancelled)

In order to book a place at the appropriate meeting please go to the Book When website.

Please see the information for applicants applying to the Wellington branch for a Certificate of Character.

Christchurch Admissions

Admission Date: 28 August 2020

Applications to branch for Certificates of Character: No earlier than 28 April 2020 and no later than 29 May 2020
Last date for Referee Reports to arrive: 12 June 2020
Last date to file documents at High Court: 28 July 2020

Admission Date: 30 October 2020

Applications to branch for Certificates of Character: No earlier than 29 June 2020 and no later than 31 July 2020
Last date for Referee Reports to arrive: 14 August 2020
Last date to file documents at High Court: 30 September 2020

Admission Date: 11 December 2020

Applications to branch for Certificates of Character: No earlier than 17 August 2020 and no later than 18 September 2020
Last date for Referee Reports to arrive: 2 October 2020
Last date to file documents at High Court: 11 November 2020

Please see the information for applicants applying to the Canterbury Westland branch for a Certificate of Character 

and the information to assist with filing court documents from the Christchurch High Court.

Dunedin Admissions

Admission Date: 22 September 2020

Applications to branch for Certificates of Character: No earlier than 26 June 2020 and no later than 24 July 2020
Last date for Referee Reports to arrive: 7 August 2020
Last date to file documents at High Court: 21 August 2020

Admission Date: 17 November 2020

Applications to branch for Certificates of Character: No earlier than 21 August 2020 and no later than 18 September 2020
Last date for Referee Reports to arrive: 2 October 2020
Last date to file documents at High Court: 16 October 2020

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