Entry to 200-level courses in Law

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Entry to the 200-level compulsory core courses is limited and generally depends on performance in LAWS101LAWS110 and other first-year courses.

Entry guidelines

There are seven pathways to admission to our 200-level compulsory core courses. Entry criteria for each are as follows:

Continuing UC law students

To be sure of continued admission to the 200-level compulsory core courses, students must pass at least half (or a majority) of the 200-level law courses in which they were enrolled in the previous year.

100-level Law students at UC

Admission to the 200-level compulsory core courses depends on performance in LAWS 101, LAWS 110 and non-LAWS courses. About 200 students proceed from 100-level Law courses to the 200-level compulsory core courses each year. Students normally need to be ranked in the first 200 in the LAWS 101 and LAWS 110 examination results, and to have performed satisfactorily in their non-LAWS courses, in order to gain a place in the 200-level compulsory core courses. Gaining a 'B' grade in LAWS 101 and LAWS 110 and satisfactory grades in non-LAWS courses will normally be sufficient to gain entry, but this varies from year to year.

Students transferring from other universities

Admission to the 200-level compulsory core courses depends on students’ academic records. Each applicant is assessed individually.

Graduate students

Graduate students may apply to be concurrently enrolled in LAWS 101, LAWS 110 and some 200-level courses, but such admission is not automatic and requires special application to the School of Law. Admission to the 200-level compulsory core courses depends on students’ previous academic records. Each applicant is assessed individually.

Students previously limited out of 200-level compulsory core courses

Students who passed LAWS 101 and LAWS 110 but did not gain entry to LAWS 200 and have then undertaken a full-time year of non-law study which contains a significant component of advancing courses at 200 or 300 level, and who gained good results for the whole of that year, may be admitted to LAWS 200.

Students seeking admission via Te Tono Motuhēhē Discretionary Entrance

Students seeking admission to 200-level compulsory core courses through the above process must have achieved at least a C- pass in LAWS101 and LAWS110 or be graduates.

Students seeking admission via the International student quota

International students must be full-fee paying students.

Application procedures for the 200-level compulsory core courses are as follows:

Continuing LLB students (from UC or other NZ Law Schools)

Students must apply to enrol via UC Enrolments by the closing date for limited entry courses. The closing date for 2022 courses is 7 December 2021

The Faculty of Law requires students to complete LAWS200s in a particular order:

  1. LAWS203 Law of Contract
  2. LAWS205 Land Law
  3. LAWS206 Public Law
  4. LAWS204 Law of Torts
  5. LAWS202 Criminal Law 

If 2022 will be your first enrolment in LAWS200s at any New Zealand Law School (including Canterbury) you must apply to enrol as follows:

(a)    LLB only – LAWS203, LAWS205, LAWS206 and LAWS204;

(b)    LLB (double degree) – LAWS203, LAWS205 and LAWS206.

If 2022 is your second year of enrolment in LAWS200s at any New Zealand Law School (including Canterbury) you must apply to enrol as follows:

(a)    LLB only - in your remaining LAWS200s and LAWS301 Equity and Trusts, together with LAW300 electives, provided that your total enrolment does not exceed 150 points for the year.

(b)    LLB (double degree) - in your remaining LAWS200s and LAWS301 Equity and Trusts, together with a mixture of LAW300 electives and courses towards you other degree, provided that your total enrolment does not exceed 150 points for the year. 

Students transferring from other universities

Transferring students must apply to enrol via UC Enrolments by the closing date for 200-level compulsory core courses, pending the outcome of their Transfer of Credit application. Transfering students should apply for LAWS 200s in order as per above information.

Transferring students must forward an original academic transcript from their current university and a covering letter to the Faculty of Law's Senior Academic Advisor, and apply to enrol by the closing date. The closing date for 2022 courses is 7 December 2021.

Graduate students

Graduates who wish to enrol in LAWS101, LAWS110 and the 200-level compulsory core courses at the same time must write to the Faculty of Law's Senior Academic Advisor to seek the Dean's permission to be considered for concurrent enrolment. Students who are not UC graduates must include an official academic transcript from their degree-conferring university. 

Graduate students must apply to enrol via UC Enrolments by the closing date for limited entry courses. The closing date for 2022 courses is 7 December 2021.

The Faculty of Law requires students to complete LAWS200s in a particular order. 

Apply to Enrol in LAWS101 and LAWS110 and - if planning on being a full-time student - a maximum of 3 x LAWS200 level courses, as listed in the order below:

  1. LAWS203 Law of Contract
  2. LAWS205 Land Law
  3. LAWS206 Public Law
  4. LAWS204 Law of Torts
  5. LAWS202 Criminal Law

 It is essential to lodge your application no later than the limited entry closing date because there is a limited number of places in LAWS200 courses and the courses will be closed after the deadline.

Students previously limited out of 200 level compulsory core courses

These students must apply to enrol in 200-level compulsory core courses via UC Enrolments by the closing date. The closing date for 2022 courses is 7 December 2021.

The Faculty of Law requires students to complete LAWS200s in a particular order:

  1. LAWS203 Law of Contract
  2. LAWS205 Land Law
  3. LAWS206 Public Law
  4. LAWS204 Law of Torts
  5. LAWS202 Criminal Law 

You need to ensure that your total enrolment for the year does not exceed the following limits:

(a)    LLB only – 120 points;

(b)    LLB (double degree) – 90 points of LAWS200s.

Students seeking admission via Te Tono Motuhēhē Discretionary Entrance

Students who wish to be considered under the above process must apply to enrol via UC Enrolments by 7 December 2021. Please also complete a 2022 Te Tono Motuhēhē Application Form (also available from Faculty of Law Reception) and return this form to the School of Law's Senior Academic Advisor by 5pm on 7 December 2021. 

Students seeking admission via the International student quota

International students must apply to enrol via UC Enrolments by 7 December 2021 for limited entry courses and advise the Senior Academic Advisor by email by 7 December 2021  if they wish to be considered under the International quota.

Applications cannot be considered for entry unless students have applied to enrol by the due date (see above). Do not leave your enrolment application to the last minute in case you encounter unexpected problems and miss the deadline.

  • When applying to enrol all students should specify the 200-level compulsory core courses in which they seek a place. Do not apply to enrol in all five subjects.
  • The School of Law has details of all students who have applied for places in 200-level compulsory core courses.
  • The School of Law undertakes the process of allocating students places in 200-level compulsory core courses.
  • If the number of applications for individual 200-level compulsory core courses is uneven, the School of Law will re-allocate students to the courses until all 200-level compulsory core courses are full.
  • Advancing students, including transferring students, who require a certain 200-level compulsory core course to complete their 200-level courses are allocated places in these courses first.
  • Remaining places in 200-level compulsory core courses are allocated to students who have passed LAWS 101 and LAWS 110, and to students transferring from other universities in order to enter 200-level compulsory core courses for the first time.
  • Quota students are allocated places in accordance with the rules governing the individual quotas.
  • The School of Law notifies students whether they have been accepted, limited out, put on the list of reserves or accepted subject to changes in their chosen courses. These letters come from the School of Law and are not the same as the notifications sent automatically to students by the Student Management System during the enrolment process. Please make sure your contact address for the period after exams is correct because this is where your letter will be sent.
  • If you receive an offer of place, you must contact the School of Law to accept, change or refuse your offer in a limited entry course. The due date for this will be included in the offer letter.

Enquiries about limited entry to the 200 level compulsory core courses and quotas should be directed to the School of Law's Senior Academic Advisor.

Enrolments for places in 2022 courses

open in October 2021