ADLS Newly Suited

ADLS is committed to supporting Newly Suited Lawyers throughout the early stages of their careers by offering professional development and collegial opportunities on a range of programmes and initiatives. Listed below is a range of opportunities in which Newly Suited Lawyers can become involved through their membership with ADLS.

Newly Suited Events

Throughout the year, ADLS provides a dynamic calendar of events for Newly Suited Lawyer members of ADLS to assist them in developing strong networks with colleagues within the profession.

ADLS’s events include opportunities to meet the Judiciary, Lawyers Lunches, exclusive fashion events, sporting activities, cocktail evenings and much more. View our upcoming events calendar here.

Building Connections

Building connections between the profession, academia and law students is an important focus for ADLS. ADLS runs two programmes designed to assist Newly Suited Lawyers and law students with their entry into the profession; a Newly Suited Lawyer & Students Buddy Programme and a Work Experience Opportunities programme.

Newly Suited Lawyer & Students Buddy Programme

Newly Suited Lawyers are invited to be part of the Newly Suited Lawyers & Students Buddy Programme and to consider becoming a mentor to a law student in their final year of study. A simple catch up over coffee can provide great support to students as they face important choices that may influence the rest of their legal career. Mentoring evenings will be held in Auckland, Waikato and Christchurch. If you are interested in becoming a lawyer mentor, please email your contact information to, including your location, and ADLS will confirm details on the next mentoring evening in your area. If you are not located in one of the above regions, we will look to match you with a student close to you.

Work Experience Opportunities for Law Students

ADLS runs a Work Experience Opportunities programme for final year law students with a number of New Zealand University Law Students’ Societies. ADLS is working with Law Students’ Societies in Auckland, Waikato, Wellington and Canterbury, with the aim of connecting students at each university to firms within their regions who are able to offer such opportunities.

Firms are able to post, free of charge, either part-time paid or volunteer work experience opportunities on the ADLS website throughout the year. A guideline on what ADLS considers best practice for work experience positions can be viewed here. If you think your law firm may be interested in posting a work experience opportunity, please raise this with a partner or senior lawyer within your firm - we would appreciate your help in connecting more students with firms. Please either contact us for more information or alternatively, fill in the form here

Get Involved

ADLS operates 16 legal committees comprised of a broad cross section of ADLS members from the legal profession. Committees comment on policy reforms, make submissions to Parliament and educate and inform ADLS members by providing expert advice and assistance. If you are interested in volunteering on one of our committees and making a valuable contribution to their work, click here to find out more.

Newly Suited Committee

The ADLS Newly Suited Committee provides a monthly forum to raise and discuss matters of concern for those new to the profession. The Committee members promote and create networking and mentoring opportunities, as well as a number of collegiality events. The members of the Committee are all new to the profession, ranging from recent graduates through to those who have 5 years’ PQE. Members are drawn from a diverse range of firms and practice areas from graduate students to junior barristers and solicitors at large and small private practice firms. The Committee is not limited to Auckland as it has attracted members from Palmerston North and Hamilton – and the Committee is keen to hear from the newly admitted from all around New Zealand. Click here to find out more.

ADLS Newly Suited Facebook Page

Click here to like the ADLS Newly Suited Lawyer Facebook page. We post regular updates on a range of relevant topics designed to assist Newly Suited Lawyers in their career, to help them to stay informed and connected.