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Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice

Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice


Activate your career with the new Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice

With a market leading reputation amongst students and employers for delivering the Professional Legal Studies Course (Profs) since 2003, The College of Law now has over 7500 graduates of the programme in all sectors of industry in New Zealand. Graduates of Profs have the opportunity to upgrade their qualification to an internationally accredited Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GDLP).

Why complete a GDLP?

Obtain your qualification and get one subject credit towards the LLM

The GDLP programme is the first programme of its kind in New Zealand, and is based on the College’s accredited award programme in Australia, which is recognised as the national standard for practical legal training. The programme builds on the Professional Legal Studies Course required for admission, so that you can take your skills to the next level with an additional qualification that sets you apart in a crowded market.

At the completion of the programme, graduates will also benefit from one subject credit towards the College’s new LLM (Applied Law) programme which will allow you to specialise in your chosen area of practice.



These Applied Law programmes are delivered by The College of Law Limited in Australia, which is a self-accrediting Higher Education Provider within the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) regulatory framework. The programmes are fully compliant with the Australian Qualifications Framework at Masters level. The College has delivered these programmes for over 10 years and is now the second-largest provider of LLM qualifications in Australia.

It should be noted that these Applied Law programmes are not accredited by the NZQA.

Designed for flexibility and convenience

Designed with busy young lawyers in mind, the programme is designed to offer flexibility by combining a work experience component and reflective analyses that can be undertaken at your convenience and in your own time frame.

Programme Details


Component 1

Programme structure

To complete the GDLP programme, you will need to have already completed the Profs programme, and then undertake two components.

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Learning Outcomes

Component 2

Learning Outcomes

Find out more about what skills students who graduate from the programme gain.

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Payment Options

Component 3

Fees and payment options

Information about subject fees in 2021.

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