Bachelor of Laws - Award Regulations - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

The Degree of Bachelor of Laws (LLB)

The following regulations apply to students commencing study within the 2017 academic year. For previously published regulations, refer to the Calendar archive (Academic Services website).

Regulations for the Degree of Bachelor of Laws

See also General Course and Examination Regulations.

Distance enrolment is not available for the Bachelor of Laws degree.

1.
Structure of the Degree

To qualify for the Degree of Bachelor of Laws a candidate must be credited with the following 480 points, unless the candidate is granted an exemption otherwise provided for in the University of Canterbury regulations:

(a)
30 points for LAWS 101;
(b)
15 points for LAWS 110;
(c)
75 points for courses selected from any of:
i.
courses prescribed or accepted for the Bachelor of Arts, Science or Commerce (except ACIS 152 or ACCT 152 and ACIS 252 or ACCT 252);
ii.
LAWS 102 or LAWS 150 (2013 only) or CRJU 101;
iii.
other courses approved by the Dean of Law.
(d)
i.
If LAWS 301 was credited as 30 points, 180 points for the remaining compulsory courses specified in Group A of the Schedule to this degree;
ii.
If LAWS 301 was credited as 15 points, 165 points for the remaining compulsory courses specified in Group A of the Schedule to this degree.
(e)
i.
If LAWS 301 was credited as 30 points, 180 points for courses selected from the optional 300-level courses listed in Group B of the Schedule to this degree;
ii.
If LAWS 301 was credited as 15 points, 195 points for courses selected from the optional 300-level courses listed in Group B of the Schedule to this degree.
Notes:
1.
The Group A courses LAWS 101 and LAWS 110 are prerequisites for the remaining Group A courses (graduates may be exempted from this prerequisite under Regulation 4).
2.
Not all Group B courses will necessarily be available in any one year and candidates should consult the School of Law about the courses to be offered.
2.
Prerequisites for Enrolling in 300-level LAWS Courses

No student may enrol for any 300-level LAWS course unless he or she has been credited with:

(a)
all the courses required by Regulation 1(c) (or is exempted from them as a graduate under Regulation 4); and
(b)
all the LAWS 200-level courses or is concurrently enrolled in those not yet credited.

Note: The Dean of Law may approve a course of study which does not comply with these conditions.

Admission to the Programme

3.
Standard of Entry and Approvals Required for Admission to the Programme

All students must satisfy Regulation A of the Admission Regulations.

Transfers of Credit, Direct Entry and Exemptions

4.
Exemption for Graduate Entrants and Exemption from Prerequisites
(a)
A student who holds a New Zealand degree, or who is admitted ad eundem statum on the basis of an overseas degree is exempt from the courses worth 75 points specified in Regulation 1(c). Graduates may apply to the Dean of Law for concurrent enrolment in 100-level and 200-level Law courses. If admitted to concurrent enrolment, a student must enrol in LAWS 101 and LAWS 110 and such 200-level courses as are approved by the Dean of Law.
(b)
The Dean of Law may grant exemption from any prerequisite requirement for Group A or Group B courses if satisfied that a student has adequate training or ability. This will normally apply only to students approved for Certificate of Proficiency enrolment, including those overseas practitioners seeking to comply with New Zealand Council of Legal Education requirements (see also Enrolment Regulation 6.(a), Certificate of Proficiency).
5.
Substitution and Cross-Credit of Courses
(a)
If either or both of LAWS 101 and LAWS 110 are credited to another degree, it or they shall also be credited to the Bachelor of Laws.
(b)
In the case of students enrolled for a double degree, a course at 200-level from the schedule to the other degree may be cross-credited to the LLB for a maximum of one Group B course (15 points) in Regulation 1(e), in addition to the cross-credit in Regulation 5(a) above. Such courses do not need to be relevant to Law.
(c)
In the case of students enrolled for the LLB only, a course at 200-level or 300-level from the schedule to another undergraduate degree may be substituted to the LLB for a maximum of one Group B course (15 points) in Regulation 1(e). Such courses must be directly relevant to the student's individual course of study for the LLB and must be approved in advance of enrolment by the Dean of Law.
Notes:
1.
No more than a total 15 points of non-law may be cross-credited or substituted in terms of Regulation 5(b) and 5(c). At least 165 points must be chosen from Group B 300-level LAWS courses if LAWS 301 was credited as 30 points. At least 180 points must be chosen from Group B 300-level LAWS courses if LAWS 301 was credted as 15 points.
2.
Regulation K1 of the General Course and Examination Regulations provides for a maximum of 120 points cross-credited between two degrees. LAWS 101; LAWS 110 (if credited to the other degree) and 75 points of non-law (LLB Regulation 1(c)) count towards the 120 points in common. In addition LLB Regulation 5(b) permits a further 15 points in common.

Students enrolled in the BA degree may cross-credit a LAWS 200-level course to the BA instead of the further 15 points provided for in LLB Regulation 5(b) (Refer to BA Regulation 6(b)).

For students enrolled in the BCJ degree, the 120 points of cross-credit permitted under General Course and Examination Regulation K shall be: LAWS 101 (30 points); 75 points non-law; plus CRJU 201 (15 points) or SOCI 218 (15 points) cross-credited to the LLB degree in lieu of one LLB Group B optional course. In addition to this, LAWS 202 Criminal Law may be cross-credited to the BCJ in place of (i) CRJU 202 (15 points) and (ii) one BCJ Schedule B 200-level elective course (15 points) (refer to BCJ Regulation 4).

Students enrolled in the BCom may cross-credit (in addition to the 120 points provided for above) a total of 30 points between the BCom and the LLB as provided for in BCom Regulation 6(a)(ii). This includes any cross-credit to the LLB in terms of LLB Regulation 5(b) (15 points).

3.
A candidate for a Bachelor of Commerce who has been credited with AFIS 253 or ACCT 256 for passing the LLB courses specified in Regulation 6(a) of the 2011 Regulations for the Bachelor of Commerce is also entitled to cross-credit courses for the LLB under this Regulation.

Waivers, Variation and Transition from Earlier Regulations

6.
Transition Regulation: Completion of the Degree by Candidates Enrolled Before 2011

These regulations have effect from 1 January 2011. A candidate enrolled before 2011 shall be governed by these regulations but may apply to the Dean of Law for such variation as the Dean may determine.

Note: See General Course and Examination Regulation P: General Transition Regulations.

Admission as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand

Students wishing to seek admission as barristers and solicitors of the High Court of New Zealand are required to have passed the Group B course, LAWS 398 Legal Ethics; and to complete successfully a further course of study offered by providers approved by the New Zealand Council of Legal Education. Before beginning the course, students are required to be eligible to graduate with their Bachelor of Laws degree.

Candidates for admission as barristers and solicitors must also satisfy all other criteria specified by the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006.

Schedule to the Regulations for the Degree of Bachelor of Laws

Notes:

  1. In the case of students to whom Regulation 4 applies, LAWS 101 and LAWS 110 are not prerequisites for LAWS 200-level and 300-level courses. In the case of students to whom Regulation 4 does not apply, LAWS 101 and LAWS 110 are prerequisites for all 200-level and 300-level courses.
  2. All students intending to enrol in limited entry courses (including students awaiting the outcome of transfer of credit applications) must apply to enrol by the deadline published for limited entry LAWS courses in the Guide to Enrolment and on the School of Law website.

For full course information, go to www.canterbury.ac.nz/courses

Group A: All courses compulsory

Note: LAWS 202–206 are limited entry courses – refer to the Admission Regulations, G. Limitation of Entry.

Course Code Course Title
LAWS 101 Legal System: Legal Method and Institutions
LAWS 110 Legal Foundations, Research and Writing
LAWS 202 Criminal Law
LAWS 203 The Law of Contract
LAWS 204 The Law of Torts
LAWS 205 Land Law
LAWS 206 Public Law
LAWS 301 Equity and Trusts

Group B: Optional courses

Course Code Course Title
LAWS 102 Law, Justice and Morality

300-level courses

Note: LAWS 339, LAWS 359, LAWS 382, LAWS 386, and LAWS 387 are limited entry courses or courses requiring a special application – refer to the Admission Regulations, G. Limitation of Entry. Not all courses may be offered in any one year. Candidates should consult the Course Catalogue or the School of Law as to which courses are to be offered.

Course Code Course Title
LAWS 303 Advanced Employment Law
LAWS 305 Company Law
LAWS 307 The Principles of Evidence
LAWS 309 Child and Family Law
LAWS 310 Relationship Property and Family Finance
LAWS 314 Environmental Law, Policy and Society
LAWS 315 Transnational Criminal Law
LAWS 319 Environmental Law, Conservation and the Public Interest
LAWS 320 NZ Bill of Rights Act 1990
LAWS 321 International Criminal Law
LAWS 322 International Human Rights
LAWS 323 Immigration and Refugee Law
LAWS 324 Principles of Public International Law
LAWS 325 Occupational Safety Law
LAWS 326 Treaty Settlement Negotiations
LAWS 327 International Environmental Law
LAWS 328 Special Topic: Moot Court Competition on WTO Law
LAWS 330 Intellectual Property Law
LAWS 331 Commercial Law I: Sales and Consumer Law
LAWS 332 Commercial Law II: Personal Property Security and Credit
LAWS 334 New Zealand and Colonial Legal History
LAWS 335 Insolvency Law
LAWS 336 Antarctic Legal Studies
LAWS 337 Criminal Justice
LAWS 338 World Trade Law
LAWS 339 Negotiation and the Lawyer
LAWS 341 Insurance Law
LAWS 343 International Institutions
LAWS 344 Special Topic: Gender and the Law
LAWS 346 Law of Agency
LAWS 348 Research Project
LAWS 349 Computers and the Law
LAWS 350 Competition Law
LAWS 351 Law and Sport
LAWS 352 Selected Issues in Taxation
LAWS 354 Judicial Review
LAWS 355 European Union Law
LAWS 356 Special Topic: Selected Topics in Natural Resource Law
LAWS 359 Trial Advocacy
LAWS 360 Jurisprudence
LAWS 361 Issues in Jurisprudence
LAWS 362 Natural Disasters and the Law
LAWS 363 Individual Employment Law
LAWS 364 Law of the Sea
LAWS 365 Issues in Policing, Prosecution and Alternatives to Prosecution
LAWS 366 Sentencing Theory and Practice
LAWS 370 Problems in International and Regional Trade
LAWS 371 International Investment Law and Arbitration
LAWS 373 Washington Internship
LAWS 376 Resource Management Act 1991: Selected Issues
LAWS 378 Genetics, Neuroscience and the Criminal Law
LAWS 380 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Law and Procedure
LAWS 381 Landlord and Tenant
LAWS 382 Legal Internship
LAWS 383 Law and Medicine
LAWS 384 Legislation: Law-Making for the 21st Century
LAWS 385 Advanced Intellectual Property Law
LAWS 386 Clinical Legal Studies
LAWS 387 Advanced Public Law
LAWS 388 European Public Law
LAWS 390 Private International Law
LAWS 391 Maori Land Law
LAWS 392 The Treaty of Waitangi
LAWS 393 Advanced Land Law
LAWS 396 Media Law
LAWS 397 Civil Litigation
LAWS 398 Legal Ethics
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