Duration
Full-time: 4 years
Part-time: Varies
Next start date
2022 Semester One – 28 February
2022 Semester Two – 18 July
Available locations
City
Points
480
Programme type
Undergraduate
Conjoint options available

Programme overview

When you embark on a Law degree you will develop analytical, communication and research skills. You will also build your understanding of legal ethics, professional responsibility and the role that law plays in society.

Auckland Law School is the top-ranked law school in Aotearoa New Zealand and one of the best law schools in the world (QS World University Rankings in Law, 2020).

The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) is a four-year (eight-semester) degree if you are studying full-time. It is studied in four parts (Parts I–IV).

Unlike other undergraduate degrees, the LLB does not have a major attached to it. Everyone who earns an LLB degree gains a broad background in the law.

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.

To be admitted to the bar you must complete a three-month Professional Legal Studies course after completing the LLB or LLB(Hons) degree. There are currently two providers of this course:
The Institute of Professional Legal Studies
The College of Law (New Zealand)

Bachelor of Laws Part I
For first year Law, you will apply for LLB Part I and one other bachelors degree programme to satisfy the Law Part I requirement for five non-Law courses.

If you gain selection into LLB Part II you can continue studying your second degree as a conjoint with Law. A conjoint degree gives you the opportunity to acquire a wider knowledge base and broaden your career opportunities. You can focus on non-Law subjects of your choice to supplement the area of law you wish to specialise in or apply complementary legal knowledge to another field. There is a wide range of conjoint programmes available.

Alternatively, Part II students may wish to continue only with Law courses towards a single LLB degree and not continue with their other bachelors degree programme.

If you complete LLB Part I but are not selected for LLB Part II you will probably want to pursue an alternative qualification. As you will have already completed courses for another degree in your first year, you will have laid a good foundation for further study and will in most cases be able to credit your first year Law courses to your alternative degree. You may also continue with your other degree and reapply to start LLB Part II in Semester Two the following year.

Bachelor of Laws Part II
Admission to LLB Part II is limited and competitive (see the Entry to Part II section under the Entry requirements tab below). Not all students who gain entry into Part I will be able to continue to Part II.

Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
Eligible students will be invited to transfer to the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) programme at the completion of Part II. Eligibility is considered on academic merit and the results of Law courses completed. 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. Find out more about the LLB(Hons).

Programme structure

The LLB is made up of 480 points. It is a combination of compulsory law courses, elective law courses, non-Law courses from another degree programme and one General Education course.

LLB Part I
Part I students usually take LAW 121G Law and Society in Semester One. If you gain a B- (C+ for students applying under UTAS) or better in LAW 121G you can progress to LAW 131 (Legal Method) and LAW 141 (Legal Foundations) in Semester Two.

Please note: These grades may change each year.

LAW 121G is offered in both Semester One and Two of each year, whereas LAW 131 and LAW 141 are offered only in Semester Two.

You will be required to choose five non-Law courses totalling 75 points as a foundation for your other bachelors degree. This includes one 15-point General Education Course.

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

LLB Part II
LLB Part II consists of five compulsory courses, which can be completed in the second year of study for those full-time students pursuing an LLB as a single degree, or across the second and third year of study for those completing conjoint degrees.

LLB Parts III and IV
In addition to taking compulsory Part III and IV papers, students are allowed to select elective courses. We offer the largest range of law elective courses in New Zealand, with papers relating to Corporate and Commercial Law, Public, Criminal, Family, International and Environmental Law. It is important to plan ahead as not all elective courses are offered in every semester or every year.

LLB conjoint structure
Apart from the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours), conjoint programmes with Law comprise 405 points of Law courses, 255 points of courses from another degree, and a 15-point General Education course.

The BAdvSci(Hons)/LLB comprises 405 points of Law courses and 375 points of Science courses. The BE(Hons)/LLB comprises 405 points of Law courses and 420 points of Engineering courses.

There are several ways of structuring conjoint degrees. We advise you to consult with both faculties concerned before enrolling for your courses.

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.

Sample programme structure

Part I 120 points

  • Code:
    LAW 121G
    Name:
    Law and Society
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Non-Law
    Type:
    Courses for other non-Law degree
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Non-Law
    Type:
    Courses for other non-Law degree
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Non-Law
    Type:
    Courses for other non-Law degree
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    LAW 131
    Name:
    Legal Method
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    LAW 141
    Name:
    Legal Foundations
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Non-Law
    Type:
    Courses for other non-Law degree
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    General Education
    Type:
    General Education course
    Points:
    15 pts

Part II 130 points

  • Code:
    LAW 298
    Name:
    Legal Research, Writing and Communication
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    10 pts
  • Code:
    LAW 201
    Name:
    Criminal Law
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    30 pts
  • Code:
    LAW 211
    Name:
    Public Law
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    30 pts
  • Code:
    LAW 231
    Name:
    Law of Torts
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    30 pts
  • Code:
    LAW 241
    Name:
    Law of Contract
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    30 pts

Part III 120 points

  • Code:
    LAW 301
    Name:
    Land Law
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    20 pts
  • Code:
    LAW 306
    Name:
    Equity
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    20 pts
  • Code:
    LAW 316
    Name:
    Jurisprudence
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    LAW 458
    Name:
    Legal Ethics
    Type:
    Elective course. Required course if you intend to practice law as a barrister/solicitor.
    Points:
    10 pts
  • Name:
    Law elective courses
    Type:
    Elective course
    Points:
    55 pts

Part IV 110 points

  • Code:
    LAW 498
    Name:
    Advanced Legal Research, Writing and Communication
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    0 pts
  • Name:
    Law elective courses
    Type:
    Elective course
    Points:
    110 pts

2022 entry requirements

My highest qualification is from:

Entry to Part I

If you have achieved the New Zealand University Entrance (UE) standard, and are admitted to another programme at the University, you will be admitted to LLB Part I.

If you are a graduate, or already enrolled in another University of Auckland bachelors degree programme, you will be admitted to LLB Part I.

Entry requirements for admission into conjoint programmes with Law are higher than those for single degree programmes. Find out more about conjoint degrees with Law including a list of available conjoints here.

Graduate admission to Part I
University graduates who wish to apply for the LLB degree can view their options here.

If you demonstrate legal aptitude (eg, by having a good Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score) you can apply for admission to LLB Part I and LLB Part II concurrently. You should email a student adviser in the Law School to discuss the best entry pathway for you.

undergradlaw@auckland.ac.nz

Entry to Part II

Places in LLB Part II are limited and all applicants must go through a selection process. There is also an enrolment limit on each of the LLB Part II courses. You will be selected on the basis of academic merit. Your Part I results as well as your results from your other university courses will be used to assess whether or not you will be selected for Part II.

There is no direct entry from secondary school into LLB Part II.

To be considered for selection into LLB Part II, you need to have:

  • Passed LAW 121G with at least a B- (C+ for students applying under UTAS schemes) (This grade may change each year).
  • Passed LAW 131 and LAW 141 (or their equivalent at another New Zealand law school) with at least a C+ (This grade may change each year).

AND

  • Gained at least 75 points (or the equivalent) of non-Law university degree courses.
  • Passed all eight courses (120 points) with an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (C+).

Entry into LLB Part II for 2021 will be calculated on the basis of your grades in LAW 121G, LAW 131 and LAW 141, plus your most-recent, best 75 points from non-Law courses. The Selection Committee meets in late-December 2020.

If you have repeated one or more courses of LLB Part I (LAW 121G, LAW 131, LAW 141), the best grade you have received for these three courses will be factored into the calculation of the Law GPA. The other grades you have received for the three law courses in LLB Part I will be disregarded.

The overall average grade required for selection into LLB Part II can vary from year to year, depending on the number of applicants. In recent years the minimum grade required has been between a GPA of 5.0–6.7 (equivalent to a grade between a B and a B+).

For 2021, students with a Law GPA of 6.5 or higher (equivalent to a grade midway between A- and B+) will be guaranteed entry into LLB Part II. Students with a Law GPA of less than 6.5 will still be considered for selection into LLB Part II.

Please note: Entry requirements may change each year.

Transfer of Credit
You can apply for transfer of credit for tertiary courses completed elsewhere as part of your Application for Admission. If you have completed study at another New Zealand University you can email a student adviser to find out the transfer credit you may be eligible for.

undergradlaw@auckland.ac.nz

Graduate admission to LLB Part II
If you are a graduate who has completed the LLB Part I equivalent at another New Zealand law school, you will be selected on the basis of your grades in LAW 121G (Law and Society), LAW 131 (Legal Method) and LAW 141 (Legal Foundations), or their equivalents at another New Zealand law school, plus your best 75 points (or equivalent) from your most recent year of university study.

Students who have completed the LLB Part I equivalent at another New Zealand law school should email the LLB Part I Student Adviser for application advice.

undergradlaw@auckland.ac.nz

UTAS admission to Part II
Our Undergraduate Targeted Admission Scheme (UTAS) reserves a number of places in the LLB Part II programme for eligible tauira Māori, Pasifika students and applicants from some equity groups. If you are eligible for UTAS, have completed LLB Part I and believe you can achieve at least a C+ average, you may consider applying for LLB Part II through the Scheme. Find out more about UTAS at Auckland Law School here.

Please note: Entry requirements may change each year.

Other pathways to study

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

Entry to Part I

If you are a graduate, or already enrolled in another University of Auckland bachelors degree programme, you will be admitted to LLB Part I.

Entry requirements for admission into conjoint programmes with Law are higher than those for single degree programmes. Find out more about conjoint degrees with Law including a list of available conjoints here.

Graduate admission to Part I
University graduates who wish to apply for the LLB degree can view their options here.

If you demonstrate legal aptitude (eg, by having a good Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score) you can apply for admission to LLB Part I and LLB Part II concurrently. You should email a student adviser in the Law School to discuss the best entry pathway for you.

undergradlaw@auckland.ac.nz

English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.0, no bands less than 5.5. See alternative English language requirements.

Entry to Part II

Places in LLB Part II are limited and all applicants must go through a selection process. There is also an enrolment limit on each of the LLB Part II courses. You will be selected on the basis of academic merit. Your Part I results as well as your results from your other university courses will be used to assess whether or not you will be selected for Part II.

There is no direct entry from secondary school into LLB Part II.

To be considered for selection into LLB Part II, you need to have:

  • Passed LAW 121G with at least a B- (C+ for students applying under UTAS schemes) (This grade may change each year).
  • Passed LAW 131 and LAW 141 (or their equivalent at another New Zealand law school) with at least a C+ (This grade may change each year).

AND

  • Gained at least 75 points (or the equivalent) of non-Law university degree courses.
  • Passed all eight courses (120 points) with an overall average Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (C+).

Entry into LLB Part II for 2021 will be calculated on the basis of your grades in LAW 121G, LAW 131 and LAW 141, plus your most-recent, best 75 points from non-Law courses. The Selection Committee meets in late-December 2020.

If you have repeated one or more courses of LLB Part I (LAW 121G, LAW 131, LAW 141), the best grade you have received for these three courses will be factored into the calculation of the Law GPA. The other grades you have received for the three law courses in LLB Part I will be disregarded.

The overall average grade required for selection into LLB Part II can vary from year to year, depending on the number of applicants. In recent years the minimum grade required has been between a GPA of 5.0–6.7 (equivalent to a grade between a B and a B+).

For 2021, students with a Law GPA of 6.5 or higher (equivalent to a grade midway between A- and B+) will be guaranteed entry into LLB Part II. Students with a Law GPA of less than 6.5 will still be considered for selection into LLB Part II.

Please note: Entry requirements may change each year.

Graduate Admission to LLB Part II
If you are a graduate of an overseas university you will still need to pass the three Part I courses LAW 121G (Law and Society), LAW 131 (Legal Method) and LAW 141 (Legal Foundations) before applying for admission to Part II. Graduates may be eligible to take all three courses concurrently in the second semester. Please contact the LLB Part l student adviser for advice at undergradlaw@auckland.ac.nz.

You will be selected into Part II on the basis of your grades in LAW 121G, LAW 131 and LAW 141 plus your best 75 points (or equivalent) from your most recent year of university study. (Note: a typical full-time year of study at the University of Auckland is 120 points).

English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 7.0, no bands less than 6.5. See alternative English language requirements.

Other pathways to study

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

  • Bridge your educational gap with a preparation and foundation programme.
  • If you have an offer of place from us that is conditional on meeting English language requirements, you may be considered for English Pathway courses from the University of Auckland English Language Academy (ELA)
  • If you are 20 on or before the first day of semester, have no formal University Entrance (UE) qualification, and are a New Zealand or Australian citizen or permanent resident you can apply for special admission.
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 cost per year?

2021 fees

Domestic students
NZ$6,310.80 – $6,800.40*
International students
NZ$37,891*

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 $8.02 per point, estimated at $962.40 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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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 Part ll is 1 December 2021

Please note that you can only start Part II 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

Summer School 2022
1 December 2021
Semester One 2022
8 December 2021
Semester Two 2022
4 July 2022

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How to apply

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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.

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

Student career planning service

Once you become a student at the University, you can get help with planning and developing your career from Career Development and Employability Services.

To discover even more careers that are possible with a Law degree, explore our conjoint options.

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