Duration
Full-time: 4 years
Part-time: Varies
Next start date
2023 Semester One – 27 February
2024 Semester One – 26 February
Available locations
City
Points
540
Programme type
Undergraduate
Conjoint options available

Programme overview

Students who have completed LLB Part I & II of the LLB programme and have a weighted law GPA (LawHons GPA) of 6.00 (B+) and above are eligible to apply and be admitted into the LLB(Hons) programme.

Students who have graduated with the LLB degree cannot be admitted into LLB(Hons).

Students complete the LLB (Hons) requirements concurrently with their LLB, which is different to Honours offerings in other University Programmes.

The LLB(Hons) programme includes a full-year 20-point Honours Seminar Course and a 40-point Dissertation in addition to the LLB degree requirements. This is an extra semester of study.

Throughout the programme, students will need to maintain at least a B+ average.

High-achieving students who have gained a B+ average or higher across all of their Law courses in Parts I and II of the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) programme will be invited to transfer to the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (LLB(Hons) programme to complete Parts III and IV. This will usually be at the end of the second year of study — or for conjoint students, at the end of the third year of study subject to meeting requirements.

The LLB(Hons) programme requires students to enrol in one additional semester, on top of their LLB programme, to complete a double-semester seminar course and a dissertation.

Throughout the programme, students will need to maintain at least a B+ average.

Programme structure

The LLB(Hons) is made up of 540 points and involves a student completing the LLB programme and an additional 20-point honours seminar course (usually as part of their Part III year) and a 40-point dissertation in the semester immediately following the completion of LLB Part IV.

It will take a minimum of nine semesters to complete all of the requirements for the LLB(Hons) degree, unless a student is completing a conjoint degree. In that case it will take a minimum of 11 semesters.

The number of semesters required can be reduced by one if the dissertation is completed through Summer School immediately following their Part IV year.

Find out more about individual courses on our course information page.

Indicative Honours programme entry timeline

• Students apply for LLB(Hons) on SSO: by 1 October

• Final closing date for LLB(Hons) Applications: 8 December – no applications will be accepted after this date.

• Honours Selection Committee meet to determine entry requirements: mid-December

• LLB(Hons) offers sent to eligible applicants: by end of December

• Enrolments open for Honours Seminar – seminars are allocated on a first come first served basis: by end of December

• Deadline for students to accept LLB(Hons) offer: 15 January

• Deadline for students to enrol into Honours Seminar: second Friday of Semester One

Most students need to take one or two General Education courses.

Students should also be aware of the University’s Academic English Language Requirement.

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

2023 entry requirements

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Programme requirements

To be considered for selection into LLB(Hons), you need to have:

• Completed all LLB Part I and II courses

AND

• Have a minimum LawHons GPA of 6.00

Entry into LLB(Hons) will be calculated on the basis of your weighted law GPA (LawHons GPA). Students with a minimum LawHons GPA of 6.00 (B+) are eligible to be admitted into the LLB(Hons) programme.

Transfer students will only be eligible to apply for LLB(Hons) upon completion of LAW 141 with the minimum grade requirement of C+, LAW 298 alongside LLB Part II courses and any outstanding non-law courses.

Find more information on applying for law transfer from another university, and LLB(Hons) Entry Requirements.

Please note: Entry requirements may change each year.

Delayed Admission into LLB(Hons)

Students who do not accept their offer of place or are not admitted into LLB(Hons) after the completion of their LLB part II courses and subsequently meet the minimum LawHons GPA of 6.00 are welcome to reapply for LLB(Hons).

Find more information on how the LawHons GPA is calculated.

Other pathways to study

You could be eligible for another programme, or check out these alternative pathways:

Programme requirements

There is no direct entry to the LLB(Hons) programme for students who have completed their prior study overseas. Entry is by invitation for existing high-achieving LLB Part II students.

International students wishing to study the LLB(Hons) should first successfully complete Parts I and II of the LLB programme to the required level at Auckland Law School.

Other pathways to study

You could be eligible for another programme, or check out these alternative pathways:

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

How much does a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) cost per year?

2022 fees

Domestic students
NZ$5,299.20*
International students
NZ$40,948*

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. Fees are inclusive of 15% GST, but do not include the Student Services Fee, course books, travel and health insurance, or living costs. Amounts shown are indicative only. In addition to the tuition fees, there is a Student Services Fee of $8.16 per point, estimated at $979.20 for full-time study (120 points). Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment into courses.

*Please note: amounts shown are indicative and estimates only.

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Scholarships and awards

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Student loans and allowances

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Cost of living

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For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

Key dates

The closing date for Bachelor of Laws (Honours) is 8 December 2022

Please note you can only start Honours in Semester One.

Please note: We will consider late applications if places are still available. International students should start the application process as early as possible to allow sufficient time to apply for a visa.

Application closing dates

Semester One 2023
8 December 2022

Start dates

Here are the start dates for the programme.

Other important dates

See important dates for the academic year, including orientation, enrolment, study breaks, exams, and graduation.

How to apply

Applying for an undergraduate programme? Check out our step-by-step guide.

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

Where could this programme take you?

A Law degree will arm you with many transferable skills, including knowledge of the law and its implications, a sense of justice and public responsibility, analytical, research and communication skills, and an ability to work under pressure. A degree from the University of Auckland Law School is well-respected. In any given year, about half our graduates take up positions in New Zealand law firms, while the other half begin their careers in other professional organisations. These include accounting and consulting; business and industry; national and local government; teaching, research and journalism; and international, environmental and other non-governmental areas. Our graduates can be found practising law in New Zealand and worldwide – many of our former students work for leading law firms in London, New York, Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore, and other major cities. Some of our top students go on to study our LLM, MTaxS and PhD degrees. Auckland Law School offers the most extensive postgraduate programme in the country. Our students regularly win scholarships and prizes to continue their studies overseas. Some of our recent graduates are now pursuing higher degrees at Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Yale, Columbia, and other top overseas universities.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Academia – lecturing, research
  • Government – policy work, resource management, parliamentary drafting
  • Judiciary
  • Law reform
  • Mediation
  • Private companies – in-house legal counsel, tax, property, management consultant, regulation, compliance, human resources
  • Private practice – barrister, solicitor
  • Public service – prosecution, defence

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