Qualification
Diploma

New Zealand Law Society Legal Executive Diploma (Level 6) (Closed to New Enrolments)


Qualification code OP6600

This qualification is now closed

From 2018 Open Polytechnic will be offering a new qualification, the New Zealand Diploma in Legal Executive Studies (NZ3508) to replace the New Zealand Law Society Legal Executive Diploma (OP6600).

Please go to the New Zealand Diploma in Legal Executive Studies (NZ3508) programme page.

Already enrolled in the New Zealand Law Society Legal Executive Diploma (OP6600)?

If you have already begun your studies in the New Zealand Law Society Legal Executive Diploma (OP6600), and you will complete all six courses in the diploma by the end of 2017, then you will be awarded this qualification by the Law Society.

If you have already begun your studies in this qualification, but will not finish all six courses by the end of 2017, Open Polytechnic will transition you into the new qualification, the New Zealand Diploma in Legal Executive Studies (NZ3508), when you next enrol.

If you are transitioned into the new qualification in 2018, we will be in contact with you regarding the cross credit process. Please see the table below for the corresponding courses.

New Zealand Law Society Legal Executive Diploma

New Zealand Diploma in Legal Executive Studies (courses credited)

ILS Introduction to the Legal System

LES501 Introduction to the Legal System

LOP Law Office Practice

LES502 Law Office Practice

ELP Estate Law and Practice

LES601 Wills, Trusts and Estates Law and Practice

LLP Litigation Law and Practice

LES602 Litigation Law and Practice

BLP Business Law and Practice

LES603 Business Law and Practice

PLP Property Law and Practice

LES604 Property Law and Practice

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

    For each credit, allow about 10 hours of study. This may be higher near assessment due dates.

  • Study type  
  • Cost $3,016 NZ Domestic

    Approximate cost for the full qualification based on 2017 fee information, not including annual administration fees, fee increases, textbooks, course materials or external exam fees.

  • Student loan

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

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

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Denise Roux - Registered Legal Executive and  NZ Law Society Legal Executive Diploma graduate

What you will learn

When you achieve this qualification you will know about:

  • contracts and torts
  • client relations, rules of professional conduct, searching and registration, trust accounting and office practices
  • sale and purchase of businesses and company law
  • trusts, wills, administration of deceased persons’property (estates), and asset planning
  • debt collection, bankruptcy, litigation ethics, civil and family law procedures, legal aid applications, and District and High Court procedures
  • buying and selling property (conveyancing) and sale and purchase agreements.

Career opportunities

This qualification will prepare you for a career in law offices, banking, property, insurance, finance or in-house government work.

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 contact us to request one.

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.

Assessments

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.

Examinations

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

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 us

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.

Key dates

Our open courses are open for enrolment every month. Each open course starts on the first Monday of the month you choose for enrolment. You must complete your study within the given start and end dates.

See key enrolment dates

Assessment and exam

Every course is assessed differently - some require assignments and others exams. Check the individual course pages for more information.

Information about assessment and exams

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