Duration
Full-time: Half Year
Part-time: Varies
Next start date
2017 Semester Two – 24 July
2018 Semester One – 26 February
Available locations
City
Points
60
Programme type
Undergraduate

Programme overview

This certificate is an excellent choice for law graduates from both New Zealand and overseas who wish to further enhance their legal knowledge.

You can focus on an area of specialisation according to your own interests or professional requirements, while updating skills and continuing professional development (it meets the requirements of the New Zealand Law Society's Continuing Professional Development).

Programme structure

  • 60 points
  • One semester full-time but may be completed part-time (over any duration)
  • Students must pass 60 points of law courses from LLB Parts II, III and IV. If a student wishes to enrol in an LLB Part II course, they must satisfy the Grade Point Average required for admission into LLB Part II.
  • With faculty approval, in lieu of courses from LLB Parts II, III, or IV, a student may substitute up to 30 points from courses listed in the Master of Laws programme. It may be required for the student to include Legal Research Methodology (LAW 788) with other courses from the Master of Laws programme.
  • With faculty approval, a student may enrol in a suitable 15-point course from Stage II or higher in a relevant programme offered elsewhere in the University.
     

2017 entry requirements

My highest qualification is from:

Programme requirements

You must have completed a Bachelor of Laws or an undergraduate law degree from a recognised university (or similar institution). Law graduates from both New Zealand and overseas are able to apply.

There is no grade requirement for admission into the Graduate Certificate in Law. If you are an international student and are taking undergraduate law courses, whether compulsory or elective, on the recommendation of the Council of Legal Education, you may take those courses for the Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate (but please note that there are limits on enrolments in courses at LLB Part II level).

Please contact a student adviser in the law faculty for more information.

Other pathways to study

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

Planning to study in 2018?

Download the 2018 programme-specific entry requirements

Download the 2018 programme-specific entry requirements

Programme requirements

You must have completed a Bachelor of Laws or an undergraduate law degree from a recognised university (or similar institution). Law graduates from both New Zealand and overseas are able to apply.

There is no grade requirement for admission into the Graduate Certificate in Law. If you are an international student and are taking undergraduate law courses, whether compulsory or elective, on the recommendation of the Council of Legal Education, you may take those courses for the Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate (but please note that there are limits on enrolments in courses at LLB Part II level).

Please contact a student adviser in the law faculty for more information.

English language requirements

If you are an international applicant whose first language is not English you will need to provide evidence of your English proficiency.

You will require an IELTS Academic score of 7.0 with 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:

Planning to study in 2018?

Download the 2018 programme-specific entry requirements

Download the 2018 programme-specific entry requirements

How much does a Graduate Certificate in Law cost per year?

2017 fees

Domestic students
NZ$4,132*
International students
NZ$16,196*

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 $382.80 for full-time study (60 points). Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment into courses.

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

Find out about financial support options

Scholarships and awards

Find out about the scholarships you may be eligible for.

Student loans and allowances

Are you a New Zealand citizen or resident? You could be eligible for a student loan and allowance.

Cost of living

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Key dates

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
Semester Two 2018
4 July 2018

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.

Where could this programme take you?

A Graduate Certificate in Law is an excellent choice for LLB graduates from both New Zealand and overseas who wish to further enhance their legal knowledge. It enables law graduates to focus on a new area of specialisation, update skills, continue professional development and gain an academic qualification while fulfilling professional requirements required by the NZCLE.

Jobs related to this programme

Some career paths may require further study.

  • 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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