Solicitor Rōia

Solicitors give legal advice, prepare legal documents and study the details of legal arguments.

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.

Becoming a patent attorney

To become a patent attorney you must register with the New Zealand Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) and complete a number of approved courses.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for solicitors includes:

  • general legal work
  • research work
  • public sector experience.

Personal Qualities

Solicitors need to be:

  • analytical
  • able to think on their feet
  • good at working under pressure
  • ethical, responsible and able to keep information private
  • good problem-solvers
  • well organised
  • good communicators.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for solicitors includes:

  • general legal work
  • research work
  • public sector experience.

Subject Recommendations

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 can earn around $40K-$45K per year per year.

Solicitors may progress to set up their own practice or they may become an associate or a partner of the firm they work for.

Solicitors may specialise in:

  • competitions and corporate law
  • criminal law
  • environment and resource management
  • human rights
  • intellectual property
  • public law
  • property
  • tax
  • Treaty of Waitangi.

Solicitors may also specialise as a:

Patent Attorney
Patent attorneys advise on intellectual property and setting up patents, and help prosecute people who copy someone's patented work.
Solicitor