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This information was published in 1966 in An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock. It has not been corrected and will not be updated.

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Admission to practise either as barrister or solicitor is governed by the Law Practitioners Amendment Act 1961, which established a Council of Legal Education comprising two Judges, four representatives of the Law Society, and the deans of the faculty of law in the four universities. The council has power to prescribe the courses of study and other qualifications required for admission as barristers and as solicitors of the Supreme Court. Each of the four universities provides the required courses of study and conducts the examinations.

A candidate for admission as a barrister must be matriculated, must have kept terms, and must have passed the examinations prescribed for the degree of Bachelor of Laws. A candidate for admission as a solicitor must be matriculated, must have kept terms, and must have passed examinations in subjects that include English, an optional subject as for the degree of B.A., the legal system, and the 13 subjects pertaining to the practice of law.

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