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 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.
If you do 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.
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).