As many as one-third of all female lawyers in New Zealand have been sexually harassed during their working life.

That's one of the shocking findings of a law society survey.

It also showed that one in every three Māori lawyers have been bullied in the last six months.

The New Zealand Law Society president told Breakfast there's a cultural crisis in the profession and something needs to be done.

“What we're hearing is so many of our profession are suffering. 40% of our lawyers under the age of 30 said that they thought there needed to be a fundamental change in their work place. That’s tragic.

“29% of all lawyers thought the same thing.

“So we’re not only suffering, we are looking for change and that’s what needs to happen here.”

Just 6% of lawyers in NZ are Māori.