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Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Laws

Bachelor of Laws

  • ID:UC640009
  • Level:4-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

  • The study of Law does not require a background in any specific subject at secondary school, and entry to the first year of the LLB is open to all students with entry to the University.
  • You will need to have good reading, writing, and analytical skills. Subjects such as English, drama, economics, te reo Māori, languages, history, and classical studies are useful preparation.

English requirements

  • IELTS: Academic with an average score of 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • TOEFL iBT: Total minimum score of 80, with at least 19 in reading, writing and listening 
  • TOEFL PBT: With a minimum score of 550 and TWE with a minimum score of 4.5
  • CCEL EAP: Level 2 with a minimum C+ grade
  • CAE or CPE: minimum score of 169 with at least 162 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE with an overall score of 50 and no PTE communicative skills score below 42
  • NZCEL:  Level 4 - Academic endorsement

Course Information

The mission statement for UC's Te Kura Ture | School of Law is 'the internationally recognised, professionally relevant, community focused Law School'.

Students gain a professional degree of outstanding quality in four years. In addition, Bachelor of Laws (LLB) students deal with real people with real problems as part of the innovative clinical studies programme at UC. Our students hone critical practical skills in the process of helping the community.

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Year 1

  • LAWS 101 Legal System: Legal Method and Institutions
  • LAWS 110 Legal Foundations, Research and Writing
  • Five 100-level non-law courses of your choice (excluding ACCT 152, ACCT 252, and CRJU 150)

Year 2

Entry into the second year of the degree is limited to students that have achieved good grades (normally at least a B) in the two compulsory Law courses from first year.

The second year includes four compulsory courses:

  • LAWS 203 The Law of Contract
  • LAWS 204 The Law of Torts
  • LAWS 205 Land Law
  • LAWS 206 Public Law

Year 3

During the third year, you will take the following compulsory courses:

  • LAWS 202 Criminal Law
  • LAWS 301 Equity and Trusts

The remaining five courses in this year are made up of optional 300-level LAWS courses, in topics such as international human rights, environmental law, family law, and many others.

Year 4

  • The final year of the LLB is made up of another eight optional 300-level LAWS courses.
  • Students wanting to later be admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor need to include LAWS 398 Legal Ethics as one of their options.
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Pathway Courses

Pathways include:

  • Master of Laws
  • Master of Laws (International Law and Politics)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

With one of the largest Law internship courses of any Aotearoa New Zealand law school, this UC programme and the clinical and community work experience available can really give your résumé the edge over other graduates.

Graduates can become a practice solicitor, in-house lawyer, or a self-employed barrister. Recent UC graduates have also found roles as research counsel, judge’s clerk, policy analyst, and Māori development advisor.

Legal skills of research, writing, analysis, and reasoning are highly prized in many professions such as politics, policy, public service, foreign affairs, journalism, publishing, immigration, and business.

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Insurance/year: 700 NZD/per year

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