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We can help you start or advance your career as a legal executive, paralegal or legal assistant with our nationally recognised New Zealand Law Society Legal Executive Diploma. If you are currently working in a law office as a personal assistant, secretary or office manager, this highly regarded qualification will give you the legal skills to take your career to the next level. You can also continue to work as you put the skills you’re learning into practice.
NZ Law Society Legal Executive Diploma (207 KB PDF)
Approximately 6-7 hours study time per week for each 20 credit course. Your workload may be higher around assessment due dates or exam time.
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.
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.
When you achieve this qualification you will know about:
This qualification will prepare you for a career in law offices, banking, property, insurance, finance or in-house government work.
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.
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.
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.
Every course has an enrolment close-off date. Make sure you know when you need to enrol by.
Each course has a final examination in October that is run by the New Zealand Law Society
Refer to the assessment and examination information to the left of this box for more information.