Planning your programme

Below you will find information to help you plan your programme of study.



All students selected for LLB Part II must enrol in LAW 298 before enrolling in any other Part II course. LAW 298 is a corequisite to all Part II courses and Student Services Online will not allow enrolment in the other Part II courses first.

The four compulsory courses – Criminal, Public, Contract and Torts – consist of three hours of lecture time per week, plus a one-hour tutorial every second week.

Get more information: LAW 298 – Legal Research, Writing and Communication.

The recommended Law workload for Part II students is 120 points. Conjoint students and graduates may take 135-150 points. While the University regulations allow students to enrol in a maximum of 80 points per semester, students are strongly recommended not to exceed 135 points for the two semesters. Students may also enrol in up to 30 points in a summer semester.

LLB Parts III and IV

The recommended workload for Part III or IV is 120 points. Conjoint students may do 135 points. While the University regulations allow students to enrol in a maximum of 80 points per semester, students are strongly recommended not to exceed 135 points for the two semesters. Students may also enrol in up to 30 points in a summer semester. 170 points is the maximum allowable points for the year as a whole (Jan-Dec), including Summer School.


The LLB(Hons) involves a student enrolling for an additional 20-point Honours seminar course as part of their Part III year and for a 40-point dissertation in the semester immediately following the completion of their Part IV year. For many students this is completed in the summer semester.

Find out more: The LLB(Hons).

Important information:

  1. Students are strongly advised to choose a topic and find a supervisor early in their Part IV year with the aim of completing their dissertation in Summer School. It is extremely difficult to complete your dissertation once you are in employment.
  2. Students should think of a topic and then discuss it with a member of staff teaching or working in the field of their chosen topic. When there is no such teacher, they should consult the Associate Dean (Academic).
  3. Once a topic is chosen and is approved by the staff member concerned, application should be lodged with the Law Student Centre for formal approval by the Associate Dean (Academic).
  4. Following registration of the topic students should report to their supervisors regularly until the completed dissertation is submitted.
  5. Research projects that involve human subjects (including those participating in surveys) may require the prior approval of the University’s Human Participants Ethics Committee. Seek advice from your supervisor in this matter.
  6. Dissertations must be submitted to the Law Student Centre by the due dates, which will be outlined on the information sheet.

Part-time students

Students may study law on a part-time basis. Part-time study places heavy demands on students to organise their time effectively. It is strongly recommended that part-time students consult the Law Faculty Student Adviser or the Associate Dean (Academic) when planning their programme.

Choosing elective courses

The following may be helpful when selecting law elective courses:

What areas of the law interest you?

  • Choose courses building on those you have enjoyed
  • Choose courses linking courses you have enjoyed in other degrees
  • Choose courses in your particular fields of interest

What might be of most use to you?

  • Are you seeking to practise in a specific area?
  • Do you want a generalist degree?
  • Do you want a balance of courses that are internally assessed and those with exams? Are there some courses best left to your final year?


You need to check the course timetable available through SSO from early November.

Choosing courses from other faculties

It is important to seek prior approval from the Associate Dean (Academic) if you wish to take courses from other faculties for credit to your law degree. Any courses approved should be at least Stage III or above and must relate to your law studies.

Applications are made on a special form and a course outline for the course you wish to take from the other faculty should be attached. Forms are available from the Law Student Centre.

Choosing law courses from other universities

Students need to seek advice and prior approval from the Associate Dean (Academic) if they wish to take law courses from other universities to credit to their Auckland LLB. Students will not normally be able to credit more than the equivalent of one year’s full-time study from courses outside The University of Auckland.

Applications are made on a special form available from the Law Student Centre.

Points to remember

  1. Students need to be enrolled for at least 100 points to be a full-time student. Most full-time students take between 120 and 135 points. It is not necessary to meet the 120 or 135 points total exactly.
  2. Part III students usually take the compulsory law courses of Land, Equity, Jurisprudence and LAW 399 in the Part III year, but can defer Legal Ethics until Part IV if they wish.
  3. Part III/IV students undertake a compulsory moot as part of the LAW 400/499 requirement. Sign-up for the moot occurs in the first week of semester one or two. Some students (especially Honours students) defer their moot until the Part IV year. There are two compulsory moot lectures.
  4. Five written opinions are a requirement of LAW 498/LAW 499. LAW 498 requires students to complete a single piece of sustained legal writing of at least 4,000 words in connection with an elective course. For further information about LAW 498/LAW 499 please refer to the LAW 498 Guidelines.
  5. Electives best left until the final year include: Advocacy, Restitution and Conflict of Laws.

Study groups

Students are encouraged to form study groups amongst their like-minded peers. For a study group to work effectively, it is important that the group comprises like-minded students with a similar work-ethic.

All members should be motivated to do well, be dependable and tolerant of the views of others. It is helpful to get to know fellow students by talking to them before and after lectures so that you can form a study group comprising students who are compatible.


In the third and fourth year of the LLB degree, Part III and IV students will have a wide range of elective courses to choose from.

Although there isn’t any requirement to major within the LLB degree, students may choose to specialise in a particular area of interest, or, if they would prefer, choose from a wide range of different areas to cover a range of topics.

The following listings are of elective courses that are broadly related thematically. Note not all courses are offered every year.

Corporate and Commercial Law

  • Advanced Employment Law
  • Advanced Contract
  • Advanced Tax Law
  • Advanced Tort
  • Agency and Partnership
  • Banking Law
  • Commercial Arbitration
  • Commercial Law
  • Commercial Transactions
  • Company Finance
  • Company Law
  • Company Liquidations
  • Competition Law
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Consumer Law
  • Corporate Finance Law
  • Creditors’ Remedies
  • Employment Law
  • Equitable Remedies
  • European Commercial Litigation
  • Guarantees and Indemnities
  • Insurance Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Sales & Finance
  • International Trade
  • Iwi Corporate Governance
  • Law and IT
  • Law of Agency
  • Law of Capital Markets
  • Law of Personal Property
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Remedies
  • Restitution
  • Takeovers
  • Tax Law
  • Vendor and Purchaser

Criminal Law and Justice

  • Advanced Criminal Law
  • Criminal Law and Policy
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Criminology
  • International Criminal Law
  • Youth Justice
  • Environmental law Energy and Natural Resources Law
  • International Environmental Law
  • Resource Management Law

General Law courses

  • Animals and the Law
  • Aviation Law
  • Introduction to Common Law
  • Law and Policy
  • Legal History
  • Media Law
  • Privacy Law
  • Statute Law
  • Roman Law

International Commercial Law

  • Conflict of Laws
  • European Commercial Litigation
  • International Sales and Finance
  • International Trade
  • Maritime Law

International and Comparative Law

  • Advanced International Law
  • Comparative Law
  • European Union Law
  • Housing Law and Policy
  • Immigration and Refugee Law
  • International Economic Regulation
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Human Rights
  • International Law
  • International Tax Law
  • Law of Armed Conflict
  • Law of the Sea and Antarctica

Litigation and Dispute Resolution

  • Advocacy
  • Civil Procedure
  • Commercial Arbitration
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Negotiation, Mediation & Dispute Resolution

Maori and Indigenous Law

  • Comparative Indigenous Law Topics
  • Contemporary Treaty Issues
  • Iwi Corporate Governance
  • Maori Land Law
  • South Pacific Legal Studies

Public Law

  • Administrative Law/Judicial Review
  • Advanced Public Law
  • Counterterrorism Law & Policy
  • European Public Law
  • Health Care Law
  • Immigration & Refugee Law
  • International Human Rights
  • International Law
  • Law and Policy
  • Local Government Law
  • Privacy Law
  • Public Authority Liability
  • Rights and Freedoms

Relationships Law

  • Family Law
  • Family Property
  • Law of Family Property
  • Youth Justice