A legal executive is a person who works as a trained assistant to a lawyer in a legal or quasi-legal environment.
The work covers a wide range of activities including searching public registers, preparing and filing documents, preparing estates, sale and purchase of real estate or a business, and debt recovery. A legal executive may interview clients on behalf of a lawyer but does not appear in court
Until the end of 2017 the New Zealand Law Society administered a programme of study for people wanting to work as a legal executive, leading to the qualification of NZLS Legal Executive Diploma. This qualification is now discontinued following a review of the NZ Qualifications Framework by The New Zealand Qualifications Authority.
After consulting with those involved, the Law Society has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Open Polytechnic, initially for three years, which sees both organisations agreeing to work together to maintain standards of quality in teaching and moderation which meets the Law Society’s expectations and requirements. The Open Polytechnic can say that 'the New Zealand Law Society endorses its Diploma'.
For questions regarding the Legal Executive qualification, please contact the New Zealand Law Society:
PO Box 5041, Lambton Quay, Wellington 6145, New Zealand