Professional Legal Studies Course: Standard format – Evenings – Christchurch

Course ID ZP207E_C

  • Online + Onsite

Our Professional Legal Studies Course (PLSC) is a competency skills based course, developed and taught by experienced lawyers. The course has practical activities, research tasks, and assessments based on “real life” legal practice scenarios to help you acquire the skills necessary to work effectively as an entry level lawyer.

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Our courses are structured to maximise your choice as to when, where and how you complete your course requirements. View the onsite dates for this programme.


Domestic Students $5,705

International Students $7,252

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Additional Information


Start date:

13 July 2020

End date:

13 November 2020


The College of Law 
Careers Department Canterbury
University University Drive, Christchurch

About This Course


There are three components to the PLSC programme.

  1. Onsite – view the onsite dates for this programme:
    • Negotiation and Mediation
    • Interviewing and Advising
    • Advocacy.

  2. Online – you will complete the following three subjects:
    • Civil Litigation
    • Commercial
    • Property.

  3. Electives – choose one of the following elective subjects which will be completed online:*
    • Corporate
    • Family Law
    • In-house Practice
    • Criminal Law. 

* It is recommended that you choose your elective practice area according to the type of client for whom you primarily expect to act when practising law.


You must have completed a NZ Law Degree or have completed a Law Degree internationally recognised and assessed by the NZCLE.

Overseas and international students
Please check here before you apply to enrol.


The PLSC programme is designed to allow you to complete it while working. It allows you to study in your own time within the framework of a structured weekly timetable.

The Standard Format – Day-time programme runs over 18 weeks part-time.

You will attend 15 days of onsite training which will take place Monday to Friday, 9.30am – 4.30pm. View the onsite dates for this programme.

You will need to dedicate up to 27 hours per week over the course of the programme.

You can undertake the online programme of any course from anywhere you have internet access.


For general course queries or other general assistance please contact:

Phone: 09 300 3151
Freephone: 0800 COLLAW (265529)
Fax: 09 300 3153

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PLSC Handbook