Legal help

Every now and then you might require legal advice and assistance. In New Zealand, all lawyers have to hold current practising certificates to be able to practise law.

Depending on the nature of the matter, you can access different legal services. Try the following as a starting point:

  • Free on Campus Advice
    Room 151A, Business and Law Building, University Drive

    At certain times, the UC Law Clinic, in association with Community Law Canterbury (CLC), is available to offer a free on-campus legal advice service to students and staff of the University (and their families) on any topic. This confidential service, under the supervision of a qualified and practising CLC solititor, is currently available on selected Wednesday afternoons from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm. Appointments may be made for the time-slots of 2.00 pm, 3.00 pm, or 4.00 pm on any of the following Wednesdays: 7 September, 14 September, 21 September, 28 September, 5 October and 12 October 2016. Please email your preferred appointment date and time and a confirmatory email will be sent in reply. If you have any queries, please email Professor Robin Palmer at
  • Community Law Canterbury
    198 Montreal Street, Christchurch Central
    Phone: +64 3 366 6870
    Legal information line 0508 226 529 (0508 CANLAW)

    Community Law Canterbury is a free law centre which can help with information by phone and email on most areas of law. It is operated by volunteer solicitors, senior law students and graduates, under the supervision of a solicitor. Legal advice can only be provided in person. To gain advice visit during one of the drop-in times listed on the Community Law website or make an appointment to visit one of the centres at Montreal Street or Shaw Ave, New Brighton.
  • Canterbury Migrants Centre
    166 St Asaph Street, Christchurch
    Phone: +64 3 355 1315 or 366 1379 

    The Canterbury Migrants Trust offer a free law clinic every Wednesday from 1.00 pm - 3.00 pm on immigration and employment issues and more. Bookings are essential via the email and phone contacts above.