Duration
Full-time: half year
Part-time: Varies
Next start date
2018 Semester One – 26 February
2018 Semester Two – 16 July
Available locations
City
Points
60
Programme type
Postgraduate

Programme overview

Open to both LLB graduates and non-LLB graduates, the PGCertLaw is effectively half of a Master of Laws (LLM) degree or Master of Legal Studies (MLS) degree.

If you have limited time or wish to study only a few select courses, this programme is ideal.

For some students, the PGCertLaw may also act as a pathway to the LLM or MLS degrees.

Programme structure

Can be completed full-time (one semester) or part-time (over two years) to allow flexibility for those with other professional or personal commitments.

Students must complete a minimum of 60 points of courses from the Master of Laws schedule (excluding thesis or dissertation courses), alongside Legal Research Methodology (LAW 788).

2018 entry requirements

My highest qualification is from:

Programme requirements

Minimum programme requirements

Minimum requirements listed here are the likely grades required and do not guarantee entry. We assess each application individually and applicants may require a higher grade to be offered a place.

  • Study option
    Taught 60 points
    Grade required
    GPA Grade Point Average 4.0

    Bachelor of Laws

Further programme requirements

Taught 60 points
You must have completed a Bachelor of Laws with a GPA of 4.0 over your most recent year of law courses.
 
If you don't have an LLB you will need to have completed a four-year undergraduate degree or a three-year undergraduate degree followed by one year of postgraduate study. You will require a GPA of 4.0 over your most recent 120 points of study.
 

Programme requirements

Minimum programme requirements

Minimum requirements listed here are the likely grades required and do not guarantee entry. We assess each application individually and applicants may require a higher grade to be offered a place.

  • Study option
    Taught 60 points
    Grade required
    GPE Grade Point Equivalent 4.0

    Bachelor of Laws

  • Qualification
    IELTS Academic International English Language Testing System
    Score required
    7.0

Further programme requirements

Taught 60 points

You must have completed a Bachelor of Laws or an equivalent undergraduate degree in law at a recognised university (or similar institution). You will need a GPE of 4.0 over your most recent year of law courses.

If you do not hold an undergraduate degree in law, you will need to have completed a four-year undergraduate degree or a three-year undergraduate degree followed by a year of postgraduate study. Your study must have been completed at a recognised university (or similar institution) and you will need a GPE of 4.0 over your most recent full-time year of study.

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

2018 fees

Domestic students
NZ$4,954.20*
International students
NZ$17,006*

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 $406.80 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.

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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

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Where could this programme take you?

The PGCertLaw can enhance your career potential by honing your specialist knowledge and transferable skills. Our graduates combine their legal knowledge with advanced communication, research and analytical skills in a wide range of careers.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Barrister or solicitor
  • Financial adviser, strategic policy planner
  • Mediator
  • Policy analyst in public or private sector; foreign policy clerk
  • Resource management officer, property consultant
  • Tax adviser, auditor, revenue assessment officer

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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