From Tuesday 28 August until Saturday 1 September 2018, the top law students from New Zealand’s six law schools will congregate in Christchurch to compete in four various law competitions, all vying for a chance to take the national title on behalf of their respective University.

The Conference is run annually, and in 2018 it will be proudly hosted by the University of Canterbury Law School and University of Canterbury Law Students Society (LAWSOC). The Conference provides an opportunity for some of New Zealand’s top law students to show off their talent by competing in the various competitions at the national level. It is also an opportunity for all incoming and outgoing Presidents from the various law school societies to meet with the NZLSA Executive for the fourth NZLSA meeting of the year, and hold our Annual General Meeting.

The competitions on show will include Buddle Findlay Negotiation, NZLSA Client Interviewing, Bell Gully Senior Mooting, and Minter Ellison Rudd Watts Witness Examination. There will be an assortment of social events on throughout the week too.

If you are studying in Christchurch and would like to get involved, or if you have any questions regarding the Conference or the competitions, please don’t hesitate to contact Paige Thomas at Otherwise, get involved in the competitions at your law school, and give yourself an opportunity at representing your University at the New Zealand Law Students’ Association Annual Conference!

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NZLSA would like to thank IPLS

The Institute of Professional Legal Studies is the primary sponsor of the 2018 NZLSA National Conference. Through its sponsorship, IPLS enables the National Conference to host top members of the New Zealand legal sector and facilitate national competitions of the highest caliber. The IPLS also provides a platform for the Law Student Society Presidents to connect and engage with each other.



NZLSA would like to thank the following sponsors for their support of the 2018 NZLSA Conference. 

University of Canterbury



[more sponsors will be added soon]


NZLSA would like to thank the following sponsors who generously sponsor the regional competitions at each law school and national competitions at the NZLSA Conference. 


Bell Gully – Senior Mooting Competition

Buddle Findlay – Senior Negotiation Competition

Minter Ellison Rudd Watts – Witness Examination Competition