New Zealand Diploma in Legal Executive Studies (Level 6)

Looking for a challenging, well paid legal career that only requires one year of tertiary study to get you started?

This New Zealand qualification is the answer and Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology is the only tertiary institution currently approved to offer it.

This diploma examines the New Zealand legal system, allowing graduates to assist in the transfer of land ownership, administer deceased estates and prepare and file court documents.

Topics include conveyancing, consumer law, buying and selling businesses, debt collection laws and practices, bankruptcy and court procedures.

You’ll have an array of study options; full-time or part-time, online or face-to-face via the Bongard Centre in Tauranga. The workload for this diploma is intensive; if you're planning on studying full-time you'll need to be committed to putting in up to 40 hours per week of class and study time.

Several of the papers can be cross-credited towards the Diploma in Conveyancing.

This qualification is also an ideal foundation for those considering a law degree further down the track.

FAQ: Why has this qualification changed and will I still be eligible to become a registered legal executive once I’ve graduated from this course?

Content Details

You'll become familiar with the New Zealand legal system and be qualified to assist in the transfer of ownership of land, administer deceased persons' estates and prepare and file court documents. You can complete between one and eight papers in any year (seven or eight is deemed full-time study). You may study full or part-time and papers are offered online, as well as in class at Tauranga.

Note: If you want to attend classes at Bongard Campus in semester 2 2017 you will need to have completed the pre-requisite JUST5003 New Zealand Legal System and JUST6006 Contract Law (or equivalent from the NZ Law Society Diploma programme).

Paper 1: New Zealand Legal System
An introduction to the New Zealand constitution, the function of law, types of law, the courts, property, and tort.

Paper 2: Law Office Practice
Law office procedures and trust accounting.

Paper 3 Professional Practice
Developing an understanding of professional standards and responsibilities, professional practices and ethical decision-making.

Paper 4: Contract Law
The elements of a valid contract, rules of contract formation and discharge and remedies available for breach of contract.

Paper 5: Land Law
Procedures for transferring land (conveyancing). 

Paper 6: Business Law
Contract, insurance, consumer law, personal securities, commercial leases, buying and selling a business, and company law. 

Paper 7: Estates Law
Administration of deceased persons’ property (estate).

Paper 8: Litigation Law
Debt collection, bankruptcy, family law procedures, legal aid applications and District and High Court procedures.

New Zealand Law Society exams are not part of this qualification and each course will be assessed internally.



  • Tauranga – Bongard Centre, 200 Cameron Road
  • Online - see below

Each paper is taught intensively over 15 weeks.

Refer to the timetable available from the Information Centre for scheduled class days and times and online tutorial times.

  • Programme commences for semester one the week beginning 27 February and finishes 23 June: Semester two starts 17 July and finishes 10 November 2017
  • In addition to the 30 teaching weeks there will be four weeks holiday/study break; 17-28 April, 4-15 September 2017. The break between Semesters is 26 June – 14 July

Online Study
We offer an online programme that can be completed at any location where you have access to a computer. It will suit you particularly well if you're already in employment. Course materials and learning activities are all accessible through our online system, Moodle.

An introductory course will teach you how to use the system and prepare you for your live tutorial sessions.

Like all courses, there is a tutor who will answer your questions, provide feedback and comment on your assignments. They also conduct a weekly online tutorial which involves the use of a virtual online classroom similar to Skype.

Every week you'll see and hear your tutor and classmates in an interactive, real-time discussion that enhances and brings together the self-directed learning you've completed during the week.

The online programme follows the same schedule as the Tauranga classes. You will complete similar learning activities and exactly the same assessments.

Note if you wish to print out course materials you will need to allow for ink and paper costs.

Computer Requirements for Online Study

  • Access to a computer and high-speed internet service
  • Latest Internet Explorer or Firefox
  • A headset with microphone, and a webcam
  • Microsoft Word - minimum version 97-2003
  • Latest Adobe Flash and Reader (free to download online)
  • Latest Java installed

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Indicative Fees

2017 domestic students please enquire

2017 international students please enquire

The fee shown for domestic students is applicable to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. If an international fee is not listed above please refer to the international fees page. All fees are indicative only and subject to change.

You MAY be eligible for a StudyLink Student Loan for your tuition fees.

Find out if your programme qualifies by visiting the Studylink website.

If you also need to pay course related costs, i.e. if outlined in programme costs above, you need to apply separately to StudyLink (up to $1,000/academic year for eligible students). Note course related costs are paid directly into your bank account by StudyLink and you will be required to pay this to Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Qualifications Gained

Upon successful completion of the programme you will receive:

  • New Zealand Diploma in Legal Executive Studies (Level 6)

Career Opportunities

  • Legal executive
  • Personal assistant
  • Office administration specialist
  • Legal assistant in banks, government departments and other large organisations

Entry Criteria

To gain entry into this programme, you must meet the following criteria. Students younger than 20 years old must have:

  • NCEA Level 2 with passes in English/Te Reo Maori or education achievement at least equivalent to NCEA Level 2 (including 10 level two Numeracy credits) and a minimum of 42 credits (including 10 Reading and Writing credits) at level 3 or
  • Evidence of ability to complete academic requirements for the programme
  • This requirement may be waived for applicants over 20 years old.

Applicants complete a questionnaire and may be required to attend an interview. You will be advised in advance of the date; time; place; and requirements. Attendance of whanau members and/or supporting associates are encouraged as a natural part of the process. Students will be required to produce original or notarised copies of examination and/or qualification documents.

Selection Criteria
In the event of there being more applicants than places available, the Programme Co-ordinator will select applicants for entry into the programme according to the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated evidence of ability to undertake the programme with a reasonable likelihood of success based on a combination of the information provided on the application form and the written answers provided to the questions
  • Relevant work experience
  • Level of secondary school qualifications
  • Secondary School subjects taken, with preference for passes in English and Mathematics
  • Order of receipt of completed application


International applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to show evidence of language competency, issued within the last two years, before being eligible to enrol in any non-English programme. The level of competency required is outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013. And below under the title English Competency.

English Competency

Level 6 certificate or diploma IELTS Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language L4 with the Academic Endorsement or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013.

For domestic applicants for whom English is not their first language, evidence of language competency may be required.