New Zealand Law Society Legal Executive Diploma (Level 6)

Qualification code OP6600

This qualification will give you a recognised formal qualification and practical and theoretical skills that will help you advance your legal career. You will be able to apply for legal executive positions in law offices, banks, accounting and property firms, insurance companies, share-broking firms, local authorities, government departments and state-owned enterprises.

If you already do some legal work or work in a law office as a librarian, personal assistant, secretary or office manager, then this qualification will assist you in your role.

Advance your legal career and enrol in a legal executive course

Fast track your way to an exciting legal career by enrolling by Monday 22 June!

All you need to do is choose a course* and set aside 12.5 hours of study per week over 16 weeks. Your course will start in July and finish in October so that you can sit the NZ Law Society exams.


*Prerequisites apply. Your enrolment is not eligible for a student loan and we are unable to take late enrolments. Enrolment is not available to students already enrolled in the programme for 2015.

For more information view the brochure below or request a brochure to be sent to you. If you have any questions please contact us.


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  • Level 6  
    Credits 120 
  • Workload

    Approximately 10-12 hours study time per week for each 20 credit course. Your workload may be higher around assessment due dates or exam time.

  • Study type Trimester
  • Cost $3,016 NZ Domestic

    This cost is an approximate total cost for the full qualification. The cost does not include annual administration fees, course fee increases, set textbooks, course materials or external exam fees. 

  • Student loan

    This qualification is eligible for student loans, if you meet the criteria. Student loans and eligibility

What you need to know about this qualification

First year study

If you’re applying to enrol in the diploma for the first time, we recommend you apply to enrol in one course only: ILS Introduction to the Legal System. View the ILS Introduction to the Legal System course syllabus 

In your first year, approval must be given by the academic registrar for enrolment in more than one course.

New Zealand Law Society Registration

To study this qualification you also need to register with the New Zealand Law Society. You will be sent an application with your ILS Introduction to the Legal System study materials. Please fill this in and send to the New Zealand Law Society along with the required one-off fee. Once registered, you will be able to apply to the New Zealand Law Society to sit your exam. If you do not receive a form please request one from the Programme Leader.

The New Zealand Law Society (NZLS) and the Open Polytechnic are separate organisations with differing roles in your study. The Polytechnic provides teaching, the NZLS administers the qualification and the exams. The NZLS supplies the applicable information about Diploma exams in the documentation sent out with the examination entry forms.


Each course includes a number of progress reviews that you need to do and send to the lecturer for marking. These do not decide your result, but you must finish them and send them to us by 1 October in the year you sit your examination. Your marks for these assessments become your course mark, which is used by the New Zealand Law Society if you cannot sit your exam and need to be considered for an aegrotat or impaired performance pass.


Each course has a final examination in October that is run by the New Zealand Law Society. View the exam timetable

In May we will send you an examination entry form to fill in and send to the Law Society. If you have not received the form by 10 June, contact the Programme Leader.

Examination applications usually close on 30 June each year, but the Law Society can accept late applications until 31 August.

There is a fee to sit the examination (usually around $140 per course), and there is also a fee for a late examination registration.

If you want a copy of your examination paper, you can request your examination answers from the New Zealand Law Society. This costs around $30.00 per subject and your request needs to be made by 31 January.

Please note: you must sit the exam in the same year as your enrolment.

For more information

If you have any questions, contact the programme leader, Cedric Hunt, on freephone 0508 650 200 extension 5528. Or you can email him at cedric.hunt@openpolytechnic.ac.nz

Key dates

Enrolments open


Enrolments close

22 June

Course begins

29 June

Law Society registrations due by

31 July

Last day to apply to sit exams

31 July (July starting students only)

Last day to apply for late exam applications (fee applies)

31 August

All course work must be with 
Open Polytechnic

1 October


19-22 October

Enrolment period ends

31 October


See key enrolment dates

Assessment and exam

Each course has a final examination in October that is run by the New Zealand Law Society. View the exam timetable

Refer to the assessment and examination information to the left of this box for more information.

New Zealand Law Society

Courses you could do in this qualification

For information about selecting courses to study towards this qualification, check out the Enrol in courses tab.

You must read the information provided within the Qualification Structure table, which details the order in which courses must be studied to complete a valid qualification.

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