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
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.
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
able to think on their feet
good at working under pressure
ethical, responsible and able to keep information private
Useful experience for solicitors includes :
public sector experience.
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.