Being admitted is a big deal, congratulations. Here is where you can really start your career and what you put in now will benefit you later.


Solicitors need to have:

  • Hold a Bachelor of Laws (LLB), completed Professional Legal Studies course and have your academic transcript

  • Be granted a Certificate of Completion from your institute and a Certificate of Character from the NZ Law Society

  • Be admitted to the High Court of New Zealand as a Barrister or Solicitor

  • Obtain a Practicing Certificate and a practicing role

  • Practice active listening, time and task management

  • Soak up your early experiences and carve your path

Day to day

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 depending on their practice area for review by a Supervisor

  • Prepare outgoing communication for clients

  • Handle clients' confidential information, represent them to the best of your ability, and charge them fairly

  • Appear in court alongside team members or a Supervisor


The salary range for Solicitors does not have huge variances. Because it is a junior role, most workplaces will have similar ranges.

  • Top Tier, Large National Practice = $58 - 65,000 per annum

  • Large National = $55 - 62,500 per annum

  • Large Local = $55 - 60,000 per annum
  • Local Mid-tier = $52,500 - 58,000 per annum

  • Small / Boutique = $50 - 60,000 per annum



  • Can work irregular hours but will be contextual. Working hard is expected, but going above and beyond will set you apart. Just make sure you maintain life's balance

  • Working alongside senior Lawyers can be exciting and provide great exposure

  • Attending Firm or Client social events can be a great way to get to know your colleagues

Ready to become a Lawyer?