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ADLSI Expands Support for Law Students

ADLSI Expands Support for Law Students

Work experience and buddy schemes to launch at universities of Waikato and Canterbury, and work experience scheme at Victoria University of Wellington

Auckland, 19 April 2016 – Auckland District Law Society Inc (ADLSI), will take its successful law student support programmes to other parts of New Zealand this year, helping the next generation of lawyers transition more easily from studying to the workplace.

In 2015 ADLSI launched a work experience pilot programme and a student-buddy mentoring programme in partnership with the University of Auckland Law Students Society.

Response from students, law firms and lawyer mentors has been enthusiastic, and paved the way for expansion to other regions, says ADLSI President, Brian Keene QC.

“Our aim was always to take these initiatives to other areas. When we presented the programmes to a gathering of law student society Presidents from across New Zealand late last year, they were very well received, which will lead to a significant expansion of both programmes.”

ADLSI will continue its work experience and buddy schemes in Auckland from April, and launch pilot programmes in the Waikato from May and in Canterbury from August. The work experience scheme will launch in Wellington from May. In all cases ADLSI is working in partnership with the local law students’ society.

The work experience programme aims to connect 4th and 5th year law students with paid and volunteer work experience opportunities that may exist in small to medium sized law firms in the respective areas. Students wishing to browse opportunities or firms wishing to post an opportunity on the online noticeboard should visit for more details.

The buddy programme pairs a senior law student with a young lawyer with one or two years’ experience.

“We know from experience that these programmes are highly valued, and we are interested in hearing from students, law firms and potential buddies.

“ADLSI is very pleased to be partnering with three more law schools and making a difference to students and law firms. These programmes strengthen connections within the law and support the future of the profession,” says Brian Keene.

Further information will be available at


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