Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
24d ago

Pay for solicitors varies depending on their experience, what organisation they work for, and what region they work in.

  • Graduate solicitors usually earn $40,000 to $45,000 a year.
  • Solicitors with two to four years' experience usually earn $45,000 to $70,000.
  • Solicitors with more than three years' experience usually earn $70,000 to $250,000.
  • Source : Robert Walters, 'Global Salary Survey', 2017.

    This information is a guide only. )

    What you will do

    Solicitors may do some or all of the following :

  • give legal advice to clients, including families, businesses and individuals
  • research and study details of the law and examine legal arguments
  • prepare legal documents such as wills and affidavits
  • prepare and advise on paperwork for property or business deals
  • handle clients' funds
  • instruct barristers to appear in court on behalf of clients.
  • Solicitors need to have :

  • knowledge of New Zealand laws and the legal system
  • knowledge of the way courts work
  • legal research skills
  • skill in researching, interpreting, analysing and evaluating information
  • Solicitors :

  • usually work regular business hours but may need to work evenings and weekends doing research
  • work in offices and courts
  • may travel to attend conferences and meetings.
  • Becoming a solicitor

    To become a solicitor you need to :

  • complete a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB)
  • complete a Professional Legal Studies Course
  • get a completion certificate from the New Zealand Council of Legal Education
  • get a certificate of character from the Law Society
  • be admitted to the roll of Barristers and Solicitors of the High Court of New Zealand
  • hold a current practising certificate issued by the Law Society.
  • Secondary education

    A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter further training. Useful subjects include English, history and classical studies, social studies and te reo Māori.

    Solicitors need to be :
  • analytical
  • analytical
  • able to think on their feet
  • good at working under pressure
  • ethical, responsible and able to keep information private
  • Useful experience

    Useful experience for solicitors includes :

  • research work
  • public sector experience.
  • Registration

    Solicitors need to be registered with the New Zealand Law Society and hold a current practising certificate.

    Patent attorneys need to be registered with the Intellectual Property Office.

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