Planning

Availability and clashes

From early November you need to check the course timetable available through Student Services Online.

Becoming a barrister and solicitor

Students who wish to become a barrister and solicitor will need to take Law 458 Legal Ethics as one of their electives in Part III or IV. Although an elective course for the LLB, the Council for Legal Education (CLE) requires students intending to be admitted to the bar to take this course.

Compulsory courses

Prior to enrolment in each part of the LLB review the compulsory course requirements.

Electives

Not all elective courses are offered in every semester or every year and some have limited spaces available — it is important to plan ahead.

View our full list of electives.

Specialisation

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 choosing subjects that are thematically linked.

Full-time study

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.

Part-time study

Part-time study places heavy demands on students to organise their time effectively. It is strongly recommended that part-time students contact the Student Hubs or email studentinfo@auckland.ac.nz the Associate Dean (Academic) when planning their programme. 

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  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.
  4. 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 please refer to the LAW 498 Guidelines.
  5. Electives best left until the final year include: Advocacy, Restitution and Conflict of Laws.

Pre-requisites

Pre-requisites exist for the compulsory Part III courses LAW 301, LAW 306 and LAW 316. The pre-requisites are available on SSO, and on our website. 

Concession requests will not be granted unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Students completing Part II and starting Part III concurrently are generally not able to take any of LAW 301, 306, 316, but are still able to compile a complete programme together with LAW 458 and electives. 

For assistance with course planning, please contact lawstudentsupport@auckland.ac.nz

Workloads

Part I 

All Part I LLB students need to take one 15-point General Education course as well as Law 121G Law and Society. You will also be required to choose four other non-law courses totalling 60 points as a foundation for your other bachelors degree.

Part II

Upon successful entry into Part II you may wish to continue only with Law courses towards a single LLB degree and not continue with your other bachelors degree programme.

All students selected for LLB Part II must enrol in LAW 298 Legal Research, Writing and Communication before enrolling in any other Part II course/s. LAW 298 is a co-requisite 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. The Law School strongly recommends that, in addition to LAW 298, conjoint students take Public Law in their second year of study, along with one other Part II course. This may be Criminal Law, but variations are possible. 

The recommended law workload is 130 points for Part II, 120 points for Part III and 110 points for Part IV. 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.

LAW 498

You will need to enrol in LAW 498 Advanced Legal Research, Writing and Communication in the final semester of your programme. It is a compulsory requirement of the LLB and LLB(Hons) programmes. You will need to complete the course requirements within two semesters after enrolment or you will receive a Did Not Complete (DNC) for the course on your academic transcript. Summer School does not count as a Semester in this calculation.

Workload guidelines

The guidelines for total workload are as follows:

  • 10-point courses: 100 hours
  • 15-point courses: 150 hours
  • 20-point courses: 200 hours

The total workload includes attendance at lectures, workshops, seminars and/or tutorials as well as preparation for classes, review of classes, research and completion of assignments, exam preparation etc. 

As a general guideline, the workload expectations are three hours outside of the classroom for each hour spent in class. 

Tutorials and clinics

Law School staff know that students who prepare for and take part in tutorials will usually do much better than those who do not. Tutorial questions are often previous exam questions or structured like test and exam questions. The more practice you have at such questions, the more likely you are to do yourself justice in tests and exams. Tests, exams, and take-home assignments require you to show that you can write reasoned, well-structured arguments. It takes practice to be able to do this, especially under pressure. Writing answers to tutorial questions before attending will improve your written skills significantly and will indicate any areas where your understanding is incomplete. 

For the double-semester courses of Criminal, Public, Contract and Land there are eight tutorial rounds, four in each. Equity has four tutorial rounds, two in each semester. For the single-semester courses, there are five tutorial rounds for Legal Foundations and Legal Method (Semester Two), and four tutorial rounds for Jurisprudence (Semesters One and Two). In Law and Society there are five rounds of fortnightly clinics in Semesters One and Two, and seven weekly clinics in Summer School. 

In 2021, tutorials for most Part II and III courses start in the second week of Semester One, and recommence in the third week of Semester Two. Equity starts in week six of Semester One, and recommences in week seven of Semester Two. In Semester One, LAW 121G clinics start in the second week. In Semester Two, LAW 121G clinics and tutorials for LAW 131 and LAW 141 start in the second week.  LAW 298 commences in the first week of each semester.

Tutorial timetable.

As many of the tutors are legal practitioners, the majority of tutorials are held between 8am and 9am, and 5pm and 6pm. Students must sign-up for tutorials at the Student Hubs when enrolling into their courses. 

We want to ensure that you achieve your fullest potential in your studies. Attendance at tutorials is an important part of ensuring success. Check your course outline on Canvas for details. 

Tutorial preferences for childcare only 

A student who has childcare commitments may apply for specific tutorial times ahead of the general sign-up. Please contact the Student Hubs (providing evidence of your childcare commitments).

Requests will be accommodated wherever possible.