Admission to Practice

Admission to Practice

NEW IN 2019

Launching in November 2018, The College of Law will offer its redesigned Professional Legal Studies Course (PLSC). The new Profs programme will offer you:

  • 4 delivery options to choose from including evening and weekend onsites
  • 4 new elective choices – the only provider to offer electives
  • No formal written exams. 

 Ready to enrol in a programme? Find a start date that suits you now.


A requirement for admission as a lawyer in New Zealand.

The first step to becoming a lawyer in New Zealand is to complete a law degree (LLB). Your LLB underpins your theoretical understanding of the law and legal practice in New Zealand.

The second step to being admitted is the completion of your Professional Legal Studies Course (PLSC) – otherwise known as ‘Profs’.

Profs is a structured training course designed to give you the practical skills you’ll need as a new lawyer, as set by the New Zealand Council of Legal Education (NZCLE).

I learnt everything I needed to know. Profs at The College of Law is flexible and their instructors are understanding. They adapted my course to make sure I learnt everything I needed to know about the professional legal world.

Hana Rae Seifert

Solicitor and Professional Golfer and Graduate of Profs at The College of Law


The College of Law offers the most flexible, convenient and engaging Profs in New Zealand. We equip you with practice-ready skills to launch your legal career with confidence - and put you ahead of the rest.

1. Leading

The number one provider in New Zealand with an international reputation for excellence.

2. Preferred
Favoured by the majority of New Zealand's largest law firms – and all ‘Big 4’ accounting firms. 

3. Practical
A task-focused, real-world programme that gets you practice-ready (without exams).

4. Tailored
The only course with elective subjects to suit your personal interest areas.

5. Flexible
The largest range of learning options in New Zealand, offered across five cities.

6. Advanced
Delivered via 'Canvas' - a leading online learning tool also used by Harvard.

7. Connected
Valuable networking opportunities during your Profs – and throughout your legal career.

8. Proven
Over 7,500 students have completed our Profs since 2004.



You can commence your Profs and choose from a range of start dates once you have completed the requirements for your law degree. You are not required to have your final grades or have formally graduated to commence Profs.

After completing your Profs, you can apply for admission as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.

If you have a law degree from outside New Zealand, please see the information for international students and lawyers.

 International students and lawyers


2020 Programme Details

Programme Structure


Programme structure for 2020

Study six core subjects plus one elective in one of four study modes.

Programme Mode


Programme delivery options for 2020

The College offers four delivery options for you to choose from.

Fees and payment


Fees and payment options

More information about what the 2020 course fees cover.


Interactive, Hands-ON LEarning

Learn by doing, not just reading.

Rather than formal essay writing and exams, you’ll solve problems and complete tasks.

Whether it’s drafting an Affidavit or preparing a statement of claim, you’ll learn key areas of competence through everyday scenarios that parallel real-life practice.

Blended course delivery

You will benefit from a flexible combination of online and onsite learning. As pioneers in the online delivery of Profs, we know how to keep you supported and connected.

Through Canvas – our online learning portal – you’ll engage in a range of interactive tutorials, quizzes and practical exercises. You’ll also undertake assessments and receive one-on-one feedback from your instructors via video and teleconference, as well as online.

What’s more, we provide an extensive library of online resources from LexisNexis and Westlaw NZ, which you can access for another three months after you complete your Profs.


We believe that performance assessments are the best way to determine your understanding of the content and your ability to analyse and solve a problem.

Performance assessments also offer you the opportunity to practise thinking on your feet – just like a lawyer does.