Qualifications and standards

Review of Legal Studies unit standards 2017

NZQA National Qualifications Services is pleased to advise that this review is now complete. The reviewed unit standards have been published. These can also be accessed by searching for the unit standard's reference number or classification name.

For more information on the outcome of this review, please download the Review of Legal Studies unit standards change report.


In July 2017 a review panel of stakeholders was established, and feedback was sought on the reviewed 18 graded unit standards in September 2017.

As a result of the review:

  • Grading criteria was simplified and clarified, to achieve better consistency of language and approach throughout the standards, without making material changes to the intent.
  • The title of 27851 has been amended, to clarify rather than to change.
  • The standards reflect the new template, where Explanatory notes are renamed Guidance information, and Evidence requirements become Performance criteria.
  • The last date for assessment for the current/superseded version of the standards will be 31 December 2019.
  • Assessment support material will be updated to reflect the new version of the standards.


Please send your comments and/or feedback to National Qualifications Services at nqs@nzqa.govt.nz.

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