Duration
Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: Varies
Next start date
2018 Semester One – 26 February
2018 Semester Two – 16 July
Available locations
City
Points
120
Programme type
Undergraduate

Programme overview

This diploma 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

  • 120 points
  • One year (two semesters) full-time but may be completed part-time (over any duration).
  • Students will be required to complete 120 points of courses from LLB Part II, III and IV, of which at least 75 points must be from LLB Part 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 some 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 LAW 788 (Legal Research Methodology) with other courses from the Master of Laws programme.
  • With faculty approval, a student may enrol in up to 30 points from suitable courses from Stage II or higher in relevant programmes offered elsewhere in the University.
  • Download the GradDipLaw course selection form (PDF) on this page.

2018 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 Diploma in Law.

Further programme requirements

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.

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

2018 fees

Domestic students
NZ$9,908.40*
International students
NZ$33,688*

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. 2018 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 $6.78 per point, estimated at $813.60 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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Scholarships and awards

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Student loans and allowances

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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.

Where could this programme take you?

A Graduate Diploma 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

  • 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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