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Bachelor of Laws (LLB)

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The aims of the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) programme are to provide a good, general, critical legal education; to meet the requirements of the Council of Legal Education, so that holders of the degree are eligible for entry to the New Zealand legal profession; to provide students with skills in legal...

Key details

Degree Type
Bachelor
Course Code
LLB

About this course

The aims of the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) programme are to provide a good, general, critical legal education; to meet the requirements of the Council of Legal Education, so that holders of the degree are eligible for entry to the New Zealand legal profession; to provide students with skills in legal research, including use of electronic databases and search tools, writing, and advocacy, both formal and informal.

Entry requirements

  1. Admission to the second year Law course shall be determined by the Law Admissions Committee, which shall be a committee of the Divisional Board of the Humanities Division, though its membership need not be confined to members of the Divisional Board.
  2. The second year Law course consists of the five 200-level Law papers (LAWS 201, LAWS 202, LAWS 203, LAWS 204, and LAWS 298). Candidates will normally be required to take all of those papers in the same year.
  3. Admission to the second year Law course is limited to 200 candidates who are eligible by virtue of citizenship of, or permanent residence in, New Zealand.
  4. The due date for applications for enrolment in the second year Law course is 1 October of the year preceding admission.
  5. To be considered for admission to the second year Law course, a candidate must have passed the 100-level Law paper (LAWS 101) and further papers worth at least 72 points prescribed for any other degree.
  6. The Law Admissions Committee shall select candidates for admission according to the following categories:
    • standard entry
    • alternative entry.
  7. Candidates considered for standard entry shall be selected on the basis of their academic record, with particular emphasis placed on the marks obtained in the 100-level Law paper (LAWS 101). However, the Committee may admit a candidate whose academic record would not otherwise qualify him or her for admission if it is satisfied that the candidate's academic results do not reflect his or her true ability.
  8. Candidates for alternative entry
    1. shall be considered by virtue of their Maori descent;
    2. must have achieved a minimum academic standard to be determined by the Law Admissions Committee from year to year;
    3. may be required to supply supporting documentation and to attend for interview.
  9. Notwithstanding (c) above, the Law Admissions Committee shall have discretion to offer additional places in the second year Law course to foreign students for whom acceptable arrangements for the payment of tuition fees shall have been made. Such applicants must have achieved a level of attainment to be determined by the Law Admissions Committee from time to time.
  10. Notwithstanding any of the above provisions, the Law Admissions Committee shall have discretion to admit any applicant who, being eligible under paragraph (c) above, but not having satisfied these regulations in a particular respect, warrants admission to the second year Law course for exceptional reasons.

Every programme of study for the degree shall satisfy the requirements for prerequisites, corequisites and restrictions set out in the Prescriptions (published in the Guide to Enrolment), provided that the Dean of Law may waive any prerequisite or corequisite generally in a given year for any paper, or in special circumstances waive any prerequisite or corequisite in approving a particular candidate's course of study.

Study locations

Dunedin

Credit for prior study or work

A candidate who is enrolled for the degree of Bachelor of Laws concurrently with another degree, or who has completed one of the two degrees and is proceeding with the other, may cross credit 100- and 200-level papers which are common to both degrees up to a maximum of 180 points.