Bachelor of Laws
UC School of Law's mission statement 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.
- Prestigious Law School founded in 1873.
- High employment rates in stimulating, diverse careers.
- Many legal textbooks are written by UC lecturers.
- Guest lectures by Supreme Court judges and top international lawyers.
- Law courses can be credited to most other degrees and students can study towards a double degree.
- International exchanges including the prestigious US Congressional Internship Programme.
- Active Law Students' Society (LAWSOC) and Te Pūtairiki Māori Law Students' Association.
Admission to UC with University Entrance, or equivalent, is required to enrol for a bachelor's degree. Domestic applicants over 20 who do not hold University Entrance, or equivalent, may gain admission by providing evidence of their ability to complete tertiary study successfully. For information on gaining admission to UC please see how to apply for undergraduate qualifications.
You are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
The study of Law does not require a background in any specific subject at school and entry to the first year of the LLB is open to all students with University Entrance.
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.
Typical degree structure for Bachelor of Laws
Compulsory Law courses
Optional Law courses
The Bachelor of Laws is made up of the following:
- eight compulsory Law courses
- 13 optional Law courses
- 75 points of non-Law courses (five 100-level courses).
Limited entry into second year
With good grades in LAWS 101 and LAWS 110 (normally at least a B) you will be able to advance into 200-level Law courses, all of which are subject to limited entry. In your second year, if you have completed the 75 points at 100-level, you will take four of the five compulsory 200-level courses (Public Law, Criminal Law, Law of Contract, Law of Torts, and Land Law). If you have not completed the 75 points at 100-level, you will need to take the remainder of those, plus fewer 200-level courses.
In the third and fourth years, you will take LAWS 301 Equity and Trusts and any other remaining compulsory courses, plus the 13 optional Law courses. LAWS 398 Legal Ethics is required if you later wish to be admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor.
Bachelor of Laws with Honours
If you achieve a satisfactory standard in your first two years of study for the Bachelor of Laws you may be invited to enter the honours programme. If you meet the criteria you can enrol in three additional Law courses in fourth year:
Many Law students also study towards a second degree, with the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, and Bachelor of Science the most popular. The Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree is also a good fit as a double degree with the LLB.
Find out more information about Double degrees.
In first year you must take:
- LAWS 101 Legal System: Legal Method and Institutions (30 points)
- LAWS 110 Legal Foundations, Research and Writing (15 points)
- and up to 75 points (five courses) from other non-law courses*.
If you plan on completing the Bachelor of Laws degree in four years must enrol in the courses shown in the diagram in 'How do I plan my degree?' above.
With one of the largest Law internship courses of any Aotearoa New Zealand law school, this UC course 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.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
For the full degree requirements see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Laws. For more information on facilities, resources and staff see the College of Business and Law | Te Rāngai Umanga me te Ture.