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New Zealand Law Students' Association

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New Zealand Law Students' Association
InstitutionLaw schools in New Zealand
MembersLaw Students' Societies

The New Zealand Law Students' Association / Te Roopu Tauira Ture o Aotearoa (NZLSA) is the overarching representative body for law students in New Zealand. The members of the NZLSA are the Law Students' Societies (LSSs) of each New Zealand law school, along with individual New Zealand law students (as student members).

The NZLSA also has two representatives on the New Zealand Council of Legal Education, which is an independent statutory body whose general activities concern public interest and regulatory matters and centre on the Council's responsibilities for the quality and provision of legal training within New Zealand. The Council of Legal Education oversees the LLB curriculum at all NZ universities and regulates professional studies providers. The NZLSA representatives promote student views and are ex officio officers of the NZLSA Council.


The Current Members of the NZLSA are:[citation needed]

  • AUT University Law Students Society (AUTLSS)
  • Auckland University Law Students' Society (AULSS)
  • Waikato University Law Students' Association (WULSA)
  • Victoria University of Wellington Law Students' Society (VUWLSS)
  • University of Canterbury Law Students' Society (LAWSOC)
  • Society of Otago University Law Students (SOULS)

At the September 2010 Council meeting of the NZLSA in Dunedin, the AUT University Law Students' Society (AUTLSS) confirmed its intention to affiliate to the NZLSA and become a Member in January 2011.[citation needed]

NZLSA Conference[edit]

Each year the NZLSA holds its annual conference at a different New Zealand law school. The right to host the conference is rotated equally amongst the law schools, with the host LSS taking responsibility for the conference.[citation needed]

While the majority of conference delegates are competitors in the National Championships of the NZLSA competitions, the conference also hosts Council members, incoming Presidents of the LSSs and general delegates. The 2010 conference, hosted by SOULS and the University of Otago, was the first NZLSA conference to welcome general delegates from Australia and from the AUT Law Students' Society (AUTLAWSS).[citation needed]

NZLSA Competitions[edit]

One of the core functions of the NZLSA is to facilitate the regular legal skills competitions that are offered to students in each law school (with the LSS winners representing their university at the National Championships).[citation needed] The current competitions are the NZLSA Bell Gully Mooting Competition, the NZLSA Minter Ellison Rudd Watts Witness Examination Competition, the National Client Interviewing Competition, and the Buddle Findlay Negotiation Competition.[1]

See also[edit]

  • Australian Law Students Association
  • European Law Students' Association


  1. "Conference 2015 Competitors | NZLSA". www.nzlsa.co.nz. Retrieved 2015-10-25.

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