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Professional Legal Studies

Professional Legal Studies


The Professional Legal Studies Course (Profs) is a structured training programme designed to help you develop the practical, day-to-day skills you will need as an entry-level lawyer.

Leading and in tune with your profession, The College of Law offers the largest range of flexible programmes, all purpose-driven to ensure you have the best start to your career.


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You can start your Profs if you have completed the final exam of your law degree. 

You are not required to have your final grades or have formally graduated to start your Profs.




100% online Blended
Study from anywhere in the world Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Wellington
A combination of real time online workshops and online learning A combination of face-to-face workshops and online learning
13 weeks full-time & 18 weeks part-time 13 weeks full-time & 18 weeks part-time
Daytime and evening  Daytime, evening, and weekend



Course Content

Compulsory subjects. Electives. Assessments.

Course Content

Study Modes

Four delivery options.

Study Modes

Fees and payment options

Course fees. Payment options.

Fees and Payment Options


Learn your way: Entirely online or blended study

Locations: Choose from 5 locations throughout New Zealand

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

Flexible study options: 13 week full-time or 18 week part-time options, day time, evenings or weekends

Start dates: With more than 30 courses a year, you don’t have to wait to start your Profs

Learn by doing: Work through files that simulate what it's like to practise as a lawyer.

Feedback: Personalised and regular one-on-one feedback on your work.

No exams: You'll learn through everyday scenarios that parallel real-life practice.



The Professional Legal Studies Course (Profs) is a structured training programme designed to help you develop the practical, day-to-day skills you will need as an entry-level lawyer.

After completing your Profs, you will be eligible to apply for admission as a legal practitioner in New Zealand.
More than 7,500 law graduates since 2004 years have entrusted The College of Law to prepare them for their future career.



Akeem Iyanda

Akeem Iyanda, Barrister & Solicitor, Rosen Law

"My name is Akeem Iyanda. I recently graduated from the University of Waikato. I also recently finished my professional exams at The College of Law. I am now working as a law clerk at Rosen Law"

Akeem Iyanda

Sophie Aubrey

Sophie Aubrey, Strategy - Private Banking, Wealth & Insurance, ASB Bank

"My name is Sophie Aubrey, I'm 22 and I've just completed my legal professionals through The College of Law upon the completion of my law and economics degree at the University of Waikato."

Sophie Aubrey

  Meet our instructors

Robert Makgill, Deborah Manning & Robert Hesketh

"I think that The College of Law offers a really good opportunity to mentor graduates before they go into legal practice"


Grant Fletcher

"I am a barrister, and work in Chambers in Christchurch. Prior to that I worked a Ministry Prosecutor for ten years, working in the Animal Welfare, Fisheries, Food Safety and Biosecurity space."

Marie Hansen

"After 9 years of being a full time litigator in a range of disciplines, most of which was spent at Simpson Grierson, I now have a portfolio career of sorts, using my legal skills in a different way – as an Anti-Money Laundering consultant to Smith"

Tim Herbert

As well as being an adjunct instructor for The College of Law, I am also a barrister sole operating in New Zealand, specialising in civil/commercial disputes. On top of this, I work as a solicitor (in England & Wales) for two English firms."

Shayne Milne

"I was in private practice for approximately eight years and predominantly specialised in the property arena. Most recently, I was an Associate on the Property and Private Client team at a local firm. I finished up this role in 2019 which is when I started with The College of Law."

Ben Nettleton

"I guess my job could be what is these days described as a “portfolio career” I am a consultant lawyer with a southland based law firm, where I practice in the areas of commercial, corporate, employment and dispute resolution."

Melissa O’Brien

"I worked in private practice for a number of years specialising in commercial and property matters. Since having my daughter I have worked part time for The College of Law teaching the Corporate, Commercial and Property online modules."

Phil Shamy

"I have practised as a Barrister and Solicitor for just over 37 years. For approximately 25 of those I was a senior Crown counsel and a partner in the Crown Solicitor’s Office here in Christchurch."

Matthew Sherwood King

"I am a commercial barrister based in Wellington and have been so for over 20 years. My current practice includes insurance, leaky homes, trusts, insolvency, construction, and a full range of tort and contract disputes."