Duration
Full-time: 4 years
Part-time: Varies
Next start date
2018 Semester One – 26 February
2018 Semester Two – 16 July
Available locations
City
Points
480
Programme type
Undergraduate
Conjoint options available

Programme overview

Through the study of law, you will arm yourself with a skill set that meets the high demands of any legal career, including knowledge of the law and its implications, analytical and research skills, social appreciation, public responsibility and communication skills. 

The Auckland Law School is ranked the best law school in New Zealand and one of the best law schools in the world.*

To become an LLB Part I (first-year) student you must first apply and be accepted into one other bachelors degree programme for your non-law courses. Places in LLB Part II (second year) are limited, and all applicants must go through a selection process.

You can combine your law degree with a wide range of conjoint programmes (in Arts, Commerce, Engineering, Health Sciences, Music, Property or Science).

There are distinct entry requirements for Part I (first-year) and Part II (second-year) of the LLB.

Read the full programme regulations for the Bachelor of Laws in the University of Auckland Calendar.

*QS World University Rankings in Law, 2017 (ranked 36th worldwide).

Conjoint options

Conjoint programmes let you pursue two undergraduate bachelors degrees at the same time.

Learn more about conjoints

Programme structure

The LLB is a four-year (eight-semester) degree if you are studying full-time.

The degree is made up of 480 points, studied in four parts (Parts I–IV). It is a combination of compulsory law courses, elective law courses, non-law courses from another degree programme and one General Education course. We offer a wide range of law elective courses, including Corporate and Commercial, Public, Criminal, International, Family, and Environmental Law.

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.

After completing the LLB, students who wish to be admitted as a barrister and solicitor must complete an approved professional legal studies course.

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 399
    Name:
    Legal Research 2
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    10 pts
  • 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:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    10 pts
  • Name:
    Law elective courses
    Type:
    Elective course
    Points:
    45 pts
Part IV 110 points
  • Code:
    LAW 498 or LAW 499
    Name:
    Legal Practice
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    0 pts
  • Name:
    Law elective courses
    Type:
    Elective course
    Points:
    110 pts

2018 entry requirements

My highest qualification is from:

Entry to Part I

All first-year law applicants apply for:

  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Part I

AND

  • Another degree programme for their non-law courses.

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. For more information about conjoint degrees, see auckland.ac.nz/conjoints.

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. This allocation includes returning Part II students. To be considered for selection into LLB Part II in 2019 or later, you need to have:

  • Passed LAW 121G with at least a B- (C+ for UTAS students) (subject to review). Passed LAW 131 and LAW 141 (or their equivalent at another New Zealand law school) with at least a C+

AND

  • Gained at least 75 points (or the equivalent) of non-law university degree courses.

Entry into LLB Part II for 2019 will be calculated on the basis of your grades in LAW 121G, LAW 131 and LAW 141, plus your best 75 points from non-law courses. The Selection Committee meets in late-December.

If you have repeated LAW 121G, LAW 131, LAW 141 or all three courses to improve your grade, please note that both your first and second attempts will be factored in when the Law GPA is calculated.

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 B+ (GPA 6.0) and A- (GPA 7.0).

If applying for Part II for 2018, your GPA will be based on your grades for LAW 121G and LAW 131 plus your best 90 points from non-law courses.

Graduate Admission

If you are a graduate who has completed LLB Part I, 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.

Alternatively, 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 consult a student adviser in the Law School for more information and the best entry pathway for you.

Other pathways to study

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

Entry to Part I

All first-year law applicants apply for:

  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Part I

AND

  • Another degree programme for your non-law courses.

If you have achieved the equivalent of 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. For more information about conjoint degrees, see auckland.ac.nz/conjoints.

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. This allocation includes returning Part II students. To be considered for selection into LLB Part II in 2019 or later, you need to have:

  • Passed LAW 121G with at least a B- (C+ for UTAS students) (subject to review). Passed LAW 131 and LAW 141 (or their equivalent at another New Zealand law school) with at least a C+

AND

  • Gained at least 75 points (or the equivalent) of non-law university degree courses.

Entry into LLB Part II for 2019 will be calculated on the basis of your grades in LAW 121G, LAW 131 and LAW 141, plus your best 75 points from non-law courses. The Selection Committee meets in late-December.

If you have repeated LAW 121G, LAW 131, LAW 141 or all three courses to improve your grade, please note that both your first and second attempts will be factored in when the Law GPA is calculated.

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 B+ (GPA 6.0) and A- (GPA 7.0).

If applying for Part II for 2018, your GPA will be based on your grades for LAW 121G and LAW 131 plus your best 90 points from non-law courses.

Graduate Admission

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 take all three courses concurrently in the second semester.  

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.)

Alternatively, 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 consult a student adviser in the Law School for more information and the best entry pathway for you.

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.

How much does a Bachelor of Laws cost per year?

2017 fees

Domestic students
NZ$6,337.20*
International students
NZ$32,392*

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. 2017 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 $6.38 per point, estimated at $765.60 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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Student loans and allowances

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Cost of living

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Key dates

Please note:

  • The Semester 1 2018 application closing date for LLB Part II is 1 December 2017

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 2018
8 December 2017

Start dates

Here are the start dates for the programme.

Other important dates

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How to apply

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Where could this programme take you?

Arm yourself 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. Our graduates can be found practising law in New Zealand and worldwide. Many graduates also choose to begin their careers in other areas, such as accounting and consultancy, business and industry, national and local government, teaching, research and journalism. They are also well-prepared for work in international, environmental and other non-government organisations.

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.

 

Becoming a barrister and solicitor

After completing the LLB or LLB(Hons) degree, if you wish to be admitted as a barrister and solicitor, you must complete a three-month Professional Legal Studies course. There are currently two providers of this course:

The Institute of Professional Legal Studies

The College of Law (New Zealand)

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