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 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 complete this diploma with Open Polytechnic prior to July 2020 and were registered with the NZLS as of 30 June 2017, they will recognise Open Polytechnic papers for the purposes of awarding the NZLS Diploma in Legal Executive Studies. You need to apply to the Law Society to be awarded their diploma once you have successfully completed your legal executive studies with us. 

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



  • 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 2018 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

Suggested study plan

View our suggested study plan to see what order you could study your courses in, and how long it may take you to complete this qualification

Suggested study plan (opens in new window)

Bachelor of Business upgrade for legal executive graduates

If you’ve graduated with a New Zealand Law Society Legal Executive qualification, we’re pleased to offer you 120 credits (6 courses) towards our Bachelor of Business

Study support from our Student Advisors

Our Student Advisors are here to help you plan your study journey. They can help you make the right choices for your study, help you to plan your study load to ensure you can fit your study around your existing commitments, and show you how you can pathway from a certificate to a diploma, then onto a degree.

We want to help you achieve your study goals as quickly as possible. If you're new to studying with us, please think carefully about the number of courses you will be able to study at one time – get in touch with us if you need help to work out how to fit your studies in with your other commitments. If you’re already studying with us, we can help you complete your studies quicker or help you on the way to your next qualification.


For help planning your study, contact
a Student Advisor on:
  freephone 0508 650 200
  or email customerservices@openpolytechnic.ac.nz