Undergraduate study in Law

What can you study in 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.

Compulsory courses include:

  • Law and Society
  • Legal Method
  • Criminal Law
  • Public Law
  • Law of Torts
  • Law of Contract
  • Legal Research, Writing and Communication
  • Land Law
  • Equity
  • Jurisprudence
  • Legal Ethics

There are numerous elective courses for Part III and IV in Commercial, Environmental, General and Public Law.

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

Entry requirements for Law

All first-year law applicants apply for:

  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Part I


  • 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

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 2020 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+


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

Entry into LLB Part II for 2020 will be calculated on the basis of your grades in:

  • LAW 121G - single weighted 
  • LAW 131 - double weighted 
  • LAW 141 - double weighted 
  • Recent best 75 points from non-law courses - single weighted. 

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 LawGPA 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). Students with a LawGPA less than 6.5 will still be considered for selection into LLB Part II.

Structuring your undergraduate programme in Law

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.