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23 June 2020

College Announces Legal Profession Support Package

Published on 23 June 2020

As part of the College of Law’s AU $3M education support package to assist legal professionals negatively affected by COVID-19, the College will also be making available a Master of Law (Applied Law) Scholarship for New Zealand residents and permanent citizens.

Mr Marcus Martin, Chief Executive Officer, New Zealand said, “The legal industry, like the rest of the economy has been impacted the COVID-19 pandemic. The College exists for the purpose of supporting the legal profession and has an obligation to support the profession during this global pandemic. This scholarship allows legal practitioners who have been negatively impacted to upskill and gain new qualifications during this challenging time.”

The New Zealand Master of Laws (Applied Law) programme is developed by New Zealand practitioners for New Zealand practitioners. It is targeted at practising New Zealand lawyers looking to further career or develop a practice. It offers a choice of four practice area majors being Criminal Law, Family Law, In-house Practice, Wills, Estates and Trusts.

There will be three criteria for the award of a scholarship.

Negative Impact of COVID-19

Demonstrated direct negative impact of COVID-19 related economic circumstances on career, broadly at the level of government endorsed guidelines (30%).

Commitment to Career Development

Demonstrated commitment to re-forging career utilising education strategies to build career-relevant knowledge, skills and credentials.

Positive Benefit for Profession and Community

Demonstrated likely positive impact of career strategy on the wider legal profession and the communities it serves.

Applications can be made on the College website at