Open Polytechnic student wins prize
Open Polytechnic of New Zealand student and Auckland resident Valerie Coffey has been named the top national Legal Executive graduate for 2007.
Ms Coffey achieved the highest overall marks out of students from eight different tertiary institutions who completed the New Zealand Law Society Legal Executives Course last year.
Her efforts earned her the top graduate prize offered by the New Zealand Institute of Legal Executives, along with a $150 prize from the New Zealand Law Society for also achieving the highest mark for 2007 in the Estates Law and Practice Course.
Valerie says she is “rapt” with her win. She says the flexibility of being able to study by distance, and the excellent support provided by her Open Polytechnic tutors helped her achieve her outstanding results.
Currently working at the Rodney District Council, Valerie says she has always wanted to work in the field of law, and her legal executive skills are vital in her role as an Appeals Administrator.