Bachelor of Laws
The mission statement for UC's Te Kura Ture | School of Law is 'the internationally recognised, professionally relevant, community focused Law School'.
Students gain a professional degree of outstanding quality in four years. In addition, Bachelor of Laws (LLB) students deal with real people with real problems as part of the innovative clinical studies programme at UC. Our students hone critical practical skills in the process of helping the community.
- Prestigious Law School founded in 1873.
- High employment rates in stimulating, diverse careers.
- Many legal textbooks are written by UC lecturers.
- Guest lectures by Supreme Court judges and top international lawyers.
- Law courses can be credited to most other degrees and students can study towards a double degree.
- International exchanges including the prestigious US Congressional Internship Programme.
- Active Law Students' Society (LAWSOC) and Te Pūtairiki Māori Law Students' Association.
- UC is ranked in the top 150 universities in the world for Law and Legal Studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020).
Admission to UC with University Entrance (or equivalent) is required to enrol.
Students with English as an additional language are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
For information on the enrolment process, please see how to apply for undergraduate qualifications.
The study of Law does not require a background in any specific subject at secondary school, and entry to the first year of the LLB is open to all students with entry to the University.
You will need to have good reading, writing, and analytical skills. Subjects such as English, drama, economics, te reo Māori, languages, history, and classical studies are useful preparation.
Typical degree structure for Bachelor of Laws
Compulsory Law courses
Optional Law courses
The Bachelor of Laws is made up 480 points:
- 210 points of compulsory Law courses
- 195 points of optional Law courses
- 75 points of non-Law courses from other degrees.
The degree takes 4 years of full-time study, or can be studied part-time for up to 10 years.
Limited entry into second year
With good grades in the compulsory courses LAWS 101 and LAWS 110 in your first year (normally at least a B grade), you will be able to advance into the 200-level Law courses, all of which are subject to limited entry.
Bachelor of Laws with Honours
If you achieve a satisfactory standard in your first two years of study for the Bachelor of Laws, you may be invited to enter the honours programme. If you meet the criteria you can enrol in three additional Law courses in fourth year:
The Bachelor of Laws follows a closely prescribed structure, with courses covering a variety of legal systems in Aotearoa New Zealand and the opportunity to take optional courses in specific areas of legal interest.
See ‘How do I plan my degree?’ above for an example degree structure diagram.
Throughout the four years of the degree, all students complete the following compulsory courses:
- LAWS 101 Legal System: Legal Method and Institutions
- LAWS 110 Legal Foundations, Research and Writing
- Five 100-level non-law courses of your choice (excluding ACCT 152, ACCT 252, and CRJU 150)
Entry into the second year of the degree is limited to students that have achieved good grades (normally at least a B) in the two compulsory Law courses from first year.
The second year includes four of the compulsory courses chosen from below. The fifth course will be taken in the third year of the LLB.
- LAWS 202 Criminal Law
- LAWS 203 The Law of Contract
- LAWS 204 The Law of Torts
- LAWS 205 Land Law
- LAWS 206 Public Law
Along with the remaining LAWS course from above, you will also take LAWS 301 Equity and Trusts in the third year.
The remaining five courses in this year are made up of optional 300-level LAWS courses, in topics such as international human rights, environmental law, family law, and many others.
The final year of the LLB is made up of another eight optional 300-level LAWS courses.
Students wanting to later be admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor need to include LAWS 398 Legal Ethics as one of their options.
If you want to establish a point of difference from other Law graduates, but do not want to complete a double degree, you could consider postgraduate study. Postgraduate options include:
- Master of Laws
- Master of Laws (International Law and Politics)
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
With one of the largest Law internship courses of any Aotearoa New Zealand law school, this UC programme and the clinical and community work experience available can really give your résumé the edge over other graduates.
Graduates can become a practice solicitor, in-house lawyer, or a self-employed barrister. Recent UC graduates have also found roles as research counsel, judge’s clerk, policy analyst, and Māori development advisor.
Legal skills of research, writing, analysis, and reasoning are highly prized in many professions such as politics, policy, public service, foreign affairs, journalism, publishing, immigration, and business.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
See Tuition Fee Structure for more information
|2020||480||Banded Fee - total tuition fee dependent on course selection||$6,576 per 120 points|
|2020||480||This is an indicative fee - total tuition fee will be dependent on your course selection (banded)||$28,875 (first 120 points)|
For the full degree requirements, see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Laws. For more information on facilities, resources, and staff, see the College of Business and Law | Te Rāngai Umanga me te Ture.