A world class, independent, law society committed to justice and the rule of law
The LSZ is dedicated to effectively and efficiently representing and regulating the legal profession to promote the sustainable development of the legal profession, the observance of the rule of law, and foster public trust and confidence in the justice system.
The LSZ Council and all members of its management and staff are united by the core values that they each uphold, as individuals and as a team. The organizational culture at the LSZ is shaped by these shared core values. These core values are:see them here
The Law Society of Zimbabwe was formed in 1981 to replace the previous bar association.
The membership of is drawn from all registered legal practitioners residing in Zimbabwe whether in private practice, in commerce or in civil service. The primary duties of the law society are:
Promote the study of the law
To contribute, undertake or make recommendations on legal training
Control of admission of new members to the profession
Maintain a register of members
Regulate the profession in respect of continuing training, discipline and trust accounts
Represent the profession and articulate its views on various issues
Promote justice, defend human rights, rule of law and the independence of the judiciary
And generally, control and manage the legal profession
You are advised to make a written complaint to the Executive Secretary. To speed up the process your written complaint should give out all relevant details and where possible attach relevant documents in support of the same. Kindly provide your full contact details including, full name, phone number, e-mail address and postal address to facilitate for return communications and updates. You can also complete the complaint form by clicking here
The Law Society does not assist anyone in choosing lawyers but encourage people to choose lawyers they are comfortable with. You can choose these lawyers in terms of charges and their experience. Available for a small fee is a directory for all registered lawyers in private practice or you can search for the lawyers.
A free version of the directory is downloadable by clicking here
The first step in converting a foreign LLBS qualification in order for one to be registered as a legal practitioner in Zimbabwe is to go to the Council for Legal Education. Their offices are situated at Number 7, Waterhill Avenue Eastlea, Harare. Tel: 04 2788446/7 or 0715 036 315 or you can visit their website http://www.cle.gov.zw.
Currently there are no formal tutorials in respect of the Bar Conversion Exams. The LSZ has, however, developed a full set of tutorial manuals canvassing all areas on the syllabus for exams. These will shortly be available to candidates at a nominal cost recovery price. The reason the LSZ is doing this is because it carries a mandate in terms of section 53 of the Legal Practitioners Act [Chapter 27:07] to provide means of securing efficiency and responsibility on the part of those seeking registration in Zimbabwe. Accordingly the project to come up with Bar Conversion Exam Tutorial Manuals is not a profit making venture but a response to an identified gap in terms of the provisions of the law.
Exams are offered every year in June and November, registration is generally open a month before exams but it is crucial to submit your application in advance. Kindly consult the Council for Legal Education offices well before your preferred month of sitting to avoid any disappointments.
Our structure is founded of an excellent and enabling legal framework that enables us to have full control of the profession from training, admission to regulation of the membership in terms of discipline, trust accounting transparency, quality of service and client compensation as well as independence of the profession.