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

Regulations for the Degree of Bachelor of Laws

The following regulations apply to students commencing study within the 2018 academic year. For previously published regulations, refer to the Calendar archive (Academic Services website). Find key terms in the Glossary of terms.

These regulations must be read in conjunction with the General Regulations for the University.

Distance enrolment is not available in LAWS courses.

1.
Version
(a)
These Regulations came into force on 1 January 2018.
(b)
This degree was first offered in 1877.
2.
Variations

The Dean of Law may approve a personal programme of study which does not conform to these regulations.

3.
The structure of the qualification
To qualify for the Degree of Bachelor of Laws a student must be credited with a minimum of 480 points, comprising:
(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 any Bachelor’s degree (except ACIS 152 or ACCT 152 and ACIS 252 or ACCT 252);
ii.
LAWS 150 (2013 only), or CRJU 101, and LAWS 102;
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;
ii.
If LAWS 301 was credited as 15 points, 165 points for the remaining compulsory courses specified in Group A of the Schedule;
(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.
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.
4.
Admission to the qualification

A student must satisfy the Admission Regulations of the University to be admitted to this qualification.

5.
Subjects

There are no majors, minors or endorsements for this qualification.

6.
Time limits
(a)
This qualification adheres to the General Regulations for the University with a time limit of 10 years.
(b)
In addition, a student completing this qualification for the purposes of admission as a Barrister and Solicitor must comply with the New Zealand Council of Legal Education time limit requirements.
7.
Transfers of credit, substitutions and cross-credits
This qualification adheres to the General Conditions for Credit and Transfer Regulations for the University, with the following stipulations:
(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)
A maximum of 15 points of non-law may be cross-credited or substituted under this regulation as follows:
i.
In the case of a student enrolled for a double degree, one 200-level course from the schedule to the other degree may be cross-credited for one Group B course (15 points). The course does not need to be relevant to Law.
ii.
In the case of a student enrolled for the LLB only:
a.
one course at 200-level or 300-level from the schedule to another Bachelor’s degree may be substituted for one course to the LLB for a maximum of one Group B course (15 points) in Regulation 3(e).
b.
The substituted course must be relevant to the student's programme of study for the LLB and must be approved in advance of enrolment by the Dean of Law.
(c)
In terms of the General Regulations of the University, it is declared LAWS 101; LAWS 110 (if credited to the other degree) and 75 points of non-law (LLB Regulation 3(c)) count towards the 120 points in common. In addition LLB Regulation 7 (b) i permits a further 15 points in common.
(d)
A student 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 7 (b) i (Refer to BA Regulation 7 (a) ii). A student may still substitute as per regulation 7(b) ii above.
(e)
For a student enrolled in the BCJ degree, the 120 points of cross-credit permitted under the General Regulations 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 7(ii)).
(f)
A student enrolled in the BCom may cross-credit (in addition to the 120 points provided for in 7(c)) a total of 30 points between the BCom and the LLB as provided for in BCom Regulation 7 (a) ii. This includes any cross-credit to the LLB in terms of LLB Regulation 7 (b) i. (15 points).
(g)
A student may elect to cross-credit a LAWS 200 course to the BCom for the 30 points provided for in (f) above. In this case, no further cross-credit applies in terms of LLB regulation 7 (b) i. Such students may, however, substitute a non-law course to the LLB in terms of regulation 7 (b) ii.
8.
Progression
This qualification adheres to the General Regulations for the University with the following stipulations:
(a)
A student may not enrol for any 300-level LAWS course unlessthey have been credited with:
i.
all the courses required by Regulations 3(a) through 3(c), unless exempted under Regulation 8 (b) below; and
ii.
all the LAWS 200-level courses or is concurrently enrolled in those LAWS 200 level courses not yet credited.
(b)
A student who holds a New Zealand degree, or who is admitted with Equivalent Standing on the basis of an overseas degree:
i.
is exempt from the courses worth 75 points specified in Regulation 3(c), and;
ii.
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.
(c)
The Dean of Law may exempt a student enrolled in the LLB or Certificate of Proficiency from any pre-requisite or co-requisite requirement.
9.
Honours, Distinction and Merit
(a)
Honours, Distinction and Merit are not awarded for this degree.
(b)
Refer to the Regulations for the degree of Bachelor of Laws with Honours.
10.
Pathways to other qualifications

There are no advancing or exit qualifications for this degree.

11.
Transition regulations

A student 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.

12.
Professional requirements

A student wishing to seek admission as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand must have:

(a)
passed LAWS 398 Legal Ethics; and
(b)
completed successfully a further programme of study offered by providers approved by the New Zealand Council of Legal Education; and
(c)
satisfied all other criteria specified by the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006.
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