The Rule of Law is a cornerstone of a civilised society. It defines rights and obligations and provides structure to institutions of government and commerce. The LLB programme follows a course of study which, in addition to giving students a broad understanding of legal principles, meets the professional requirements to practice as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand.

Law is available as a first major for the Bachelor of Laws (LLB), the Bachelor of Arts (BA), the Bachelor of Climate Change (BCC), and the Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSc). Law may also be taken as a second major in other undergraduate degrees, subject to approval of the Division in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Law as a single major for the LLB, students must gain 390 points from the papers listed for Law, including LEGAL103, LEGAL104, and LEGAL106; and LEGAL201, LEGAL203, LEGAL204, and LEGAL207; and; LEGAL301, LEGAL304, LEGAL306, LEGAL307, and LEGAL308; and 120 points of 400 level LEGAL papers. The remaining 90 points of the Bachelor of Laws with Law as a single major must be gained from non-Law subjects. Of these 90 non-Law points, 60 points must be at or above 100 level, with 30 of those points being in the same subject; and 30 points at or above 200 level.

To complete Law as part of a double major for the Bachelor of Laws, students must gain 390 points from the papers listed for Law, including LEGAL103, LEGAL104, and LEGAL106; and LEGAL201, LEGAL203, LEGAL204, and LEGAL207; and; LEGAL301, LEGAL304, LEGAL306, LEGAL307, and LEGAL308; and 120 points of 400 level LEGAL papers. A further 120 points are required in the double major subject taken by the student.

To complete a major in Law for the BA, BCC or BSocSc, students must gain 135 points from the papers listed for Law, including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must complete LEGAL103, LEGAL104, a minimum 45 points from any 200 level LEGAL papers, and 60 points from any 300 or 400 level LEGAL papers.

To complete Law as part of a double major, students must gain 120 points from the papers listed for Law, including 90 points above 100 level and 45 points above 200 level. Students must complete LEGAL103, LEGAL104, 45 points from any 200 level LEGAL papers, and 45 points from any 300 or 400 level LEGAL papers.

To complete a minor in Law, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for the BA Law major, including at least 30 points above 100 level. Students must complete LEGAL103 and LEGAL104.

Note:

Most Law papers are offered via FLEXI Async Delivery Mode and students may complete their studies either on campus or online or by a mix of on campus/online attendance. However, for the core papers for the LLB degree students may be required (under CLE moderation requirements to undertake their exams for these papers in person (rather than online) either at our Hamilton or Tauranga campuses in New Zealand or at a different place and time approved by the University.

Candidates must gain at least 60 points at 100 level in any subject(s) before enrolling in Law papers above 100 level, and at least 90 points at 100 and 200 level before enrolling in Law papers above 200 level.

Students who complete a major in Law towards any undergraduate degree other than the LLB will not be eligible to practice Law.

LEGAL436 is mandatory for all LLB students who wish to be admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand. Students who wish to be admitted must include LEGAL436 in their selection of 400 level LEGAL papers.

In order to undertake the Professional Legal Studies Course (PLSC) students must have satisfied all requirements for the LLB degree. This includes completing all 100, 200, 300, and 400 level LEGAL papers together with any required non-Law papers as noted above.

LLB Hons students are not required to complete their 500 level LEGAL papers before undertaking the PLSC but must satisfy all other LLB degree requirements.

Other qualifications

Prescriptions for:

Law papers

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LEGAL100 Pre Law right arrow

While this paper is tailored to prepare new students who would like to study Law, it will also be of interest for students who will be studying for...

15 24JS (Hamilton) & 24JS (Tauranga)
LEGAL103 Legal Method A right arrow

This paper introduces students to the study and practice of law in New Zealand. With a particular focus on criminal law, the paper will teach you the...

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
LEGAL104 Legal Method B right arrow

Using the law of contract by way of illustration, this paper teaches students crucial approaches to statutory interpretation and case analysis, and...

15 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
LEGAL105 Introduction to New Zealand Law and Society right arrow

An introduction for non lawyers to the nature and functions of law and the processes of lawmaking. The relationship between law and society will be...

15 24A (Online)
LEGAL106 Legal Systems and Societies right arrow

An historical introduction to, and a descriptive outline of, the legal systems in England and New Zealand, including the structure of government...

30 24D (Hamilton) & 24D (Tauranga)
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LEGAL201 Public Law right arrow

The principles and working of the constitution, the institutions of government, the exercise of public power and relations between the citizen and...

30 24D (Hamilton) & 24D (Tauranga)
LEGAL203 Jurisprudence right arrow

An analysis of legal theories and ideologies, emphasising different approaches to the meaning of law, examining the relationship between theory and...

15 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
LEGAL204 Contracts right arrow

The general principles of the law of contract and agency.

30 24D (Hamilton) & 24D (Tauranga)
LEGAL205 Foundations in Legal Studies right arrow

A paper to provide students with a basic understanding of the New Zealand legal system, and an introduction to the law of torts, contract, agency...

15 24A (Online)
LEGAL207 Torts right arrow

General principles of civil liability. The law as to the various kinds of torts. The law relating to compensation for personal injury by accident in...

30 24D (Hamilton) & 24D (Tauranga)
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HMDEV340 Perspectives on Counselling right arrow

This paper examines the philosophical, psychological and sociological principles that underpin the aims and methods of the helping professions in...

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
LEGAL301 Crimes right arrow

The general principles of criminal liability.

30 24D (Hamilton) & 24D (Tauranga)
LEGAL304 Corporate Entities right arrow

An introduction to the concept of corporate personality in the law including an introduction to the general principles of law relating to companies...

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
LEGAL306 Dispute Resolution right arrow

The objective/ethos of the paper is to expose students to the theory, general principles and practical dimensions of client interviewing...

15 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
LEGAL307 Land Law right arrow

The history and principles of Land Law

30 24D (Hamilton) & 24D (Tauranga)
LEGAL308 Equity and Succession right arrow

The principles of equity with particular reference to the law of trusts. The principles of the law of succession and of the administration of...

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
LEGLR300 Summer Research Project right arrow

This paper has been developed specifically for students who will be undertaking a summer research scholarship.

15 24C (Hamilton)
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LEGAL401 The Law of Evidence right arrow

An examination of the principles of the law of evidence in criminal and civil cases.

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
LEGAL402 Civil Procedure right arrow

An examination of the jurisdiction and procedure of the District Court and the Senior Courts in civil cases, with particular emphasis on High Court...

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
LEGAL404 Commercial Transactions right arrow

An examination of the law on sale of goods, personal property securities, credit contracts and consumer finance, and aspects of fair trading and...

15 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
LEGAL405 Treaty of Waitangi in Contemporary Aotearoa/New Zealand right arrow

An examination of the Treaty of Waitangi 1840 in contemporary Aotearoa/New Zealand. Consideration will be given to ways in which the Treaty...

15 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
LEGAL407 Climate Change Law right arrow

This paper addresses the law concerning climate change, including international law, emissions trading and other carbon pricing systems, sectoral...

15 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
LEGAL408 Family Law right arrow

A focus on the law and social policies involved in the formation and breakdown of family relationships. The paper specifically examines the matrix of...

15 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
LEGAL413 Ngā Tikanga Māori/Māori Customary Law right arrow

This paper is designed for students who wish to function skillfully in the field of Indigenous and Māori law and/or deepen their knowledge of Tikanga...

15 24G (Hamilton) & 24G (Tauranga)
LEGAL414 Indigenous Peoples Rights right arrow

This paper will explore the construction, development and implementation of indigenous peoples rights domestically and internationally.

15 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
LEGAL420 Employment Law right arrow

This course is a practical survey of employment law in New Zealand. It examines the formation, operation, and termination of the employment...

15 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
LEGAL421 Health Law right arrow

A detailed examination of Aotearoa New Zealand law in health care including issues across the lifespan from the beginning to the end of life...

15 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
LEGAL424 Revenue Law right arrow

An introduction to some of the key principles and concepts of New Zealand's taxation system. Selected aspects of income tax law as well as the law on...

15 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
LEGAL434 Environmental Law right arrow

This paper examines the foundations and principles of environmental and resource management law, their expression in key areas (biodiversity, climate...

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
LEGAL436 Legal Ethics right arrow

An introduction to the concept of a profession and the ethical and professional duties of practitioners and an introduction to ethical analysis, the...

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
LEGAL437 Public International Law right arrow

An introduction to public international law: evolution, sources, relationship between international and municipal law, the law of treaties, the law...

15 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
LEGAL440 Pacific Peoples and the Law right arrow

A critical study and comparison of legal systems and issues within the Pacific Region.

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
LEGAL442 Human Rights Law right arrow

An introduction to the laws governing the protection of human rights both at the national and international level. Students will explore the...

15 24G (Hamilton) & 24G (Tauranga)
LEGAL446 Construction Law right arrow

A detailed examination of Construction Law encompassing contracts and dispute resolution for building works, engineering, improvement, renovation...

15 24C (Hamilton) & 24C (Tauranga)
LEGAL449 Mediation: Law, Principles and Practice right arrow

This paper will offer students an opportunity to understand mediation at an advanced level. It will examine legal aspects of mediation, theories in...

15 24A (Hamilton)
LEGAL452 Digital Lawyering right arrow

This paper examines the role of technology in legal practice, research, and access to justice, and how these new tools can be applied to transform...

15 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
LEGAL453 Organisational Psychology right arrow

This course offers a general introduction to how psychology can be used to build better workplaces and work lives. It takes a problem-solving...

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
LEGAL454 Fundamentals of Project Management for Lawyers right arrow

This paper will provide insights into the fundamental approaches and applications for managing projects. Key material will be drawn from the Project...

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Online) & 24B (Online) & 24C (Online)
LEGAL460 Transnational Law right arrow

A detailed examination of Transnational Law: the developing field of hybrid cross-border law that does not fit into traditional categories of...

15 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
LEGAL466 International Environmental Law right arrow

This paper provides a synthesis of theory and specific case studies, to enable students to understand the most formidable international environmental...

15 24G (Hamilton) & 24G (Tauranga)
LEGAL468 Intellectual Property right arrow

A study of the law of intellectual property in New Zealand, including the law of copyright, trade secrets, patents, designs, trade marks...

15 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
LEGAL469 International Indigenous Rights right arrow

A detailed examination of law relating to the historical and developing space in international law of the rights of indigenous peoples, including the...

15 24G (Hamilton) & 24G (Tauranga)
LEGAL480 Banking and Finance Law right arrow

An examination of the law relating to the structuring and implementation of all forms of financing, funding and finance structures, including unit...

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
LEGAL481 Immigration and Refugee Law right arrow

A detailed examination of Immigration and Refugee Law as applied in the New Zealand and International contexts.

15 24H (Hamilton) & 24H (Tauranga)
LEGAL490 Directed Study right arrow

This paper is open to suitably qualified students who, under supervision of one or more academic staff members with experience in the appropriate...

15 24X (Hamilton)
LEGAL496 Work Placement right arrow

This paper enables students to undertake work placement in an area related to their specialisation as part of their LLB and to consolidate that work...

15 24X (Hamilton) & 24X (Tauranga)
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LEGAL501 Advanced Evidence Law right arrow

This research seminar paper provides an advanced-level examination of critical issues in Evidence Law. Students complete a supervised research...

30 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
LEGAL504 Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Research Methodologies right arrow

This paper will introduce students to core Māori, Pacific and indigenous research methodologies, principles, methods and ethics that will equip...

30 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
LEGAL505 Critical Issues in the Treaty of Waitangi in Contemporary Aotearoa New Zealand right arrow

This research seminar paper provides an advanced-level examination of critical issues regarding the Treaty of Waitangi in contemporary Aotearoa New...

30 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
LEGAL507 Academic Legal Research and Writing right arrow

This paper will guide students through the principles and process of academic legal research and writing. They will learn how to develop, present and...

30 24A (Online) & 24B (Online) & 24C (Online)
LEGAL508 Advanced Family Law right arrow

This research seminar paper provides an advanced-level examination of critical issues in Family Law. Students complete a supervised research project...

30 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
LEGAL515 Advanced Construction Law right arrow

This research seminar paper provides an advanced-level examination of Construction Law encompassing contracts and dispute resolution for building...

30 24C (Hamilton) & 24C (Tauranga)
LEGAL520 Intellectual Property Law and Policy right arrow

This research seminar paper provides an advanced-level examination of critical issues in Intellectual Property Law and Policy. Students complete a...

30 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
LEGAL521 Advanced Employment Law right arrow

This research seminar paper provides an advanced-level examination of critical issues in Employment Law. Students complete a supervised research...

30 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
LEGAL523 Advanced Civil Litigation right arrow

This research seminar paper provides an advanced-level examination of critical issues in Civil Litigation. Students complete a supervised research...

30 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
LEGAL526 Legal Aspects of Cyber Security right arrow

This research seminar paper provides an advanced-level examination of critical issues regarding the legal aspects of Cyber Security. Students...

30 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
LEGAL535 Advanced Environmental Law right arrow

This research seminar paper provides an advanced-level examination of critical issues in Environmental Law. Students complete a supervised research...

30 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
LEGAL540 Critical Issues for Pacific Peoples and the Law right arrow

This research seminar paper provides an advanced-level examination of critical issues for Pacific Peoples and the Law. Students complete a supervised...

30 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
LEGAL560 Advanced Transnational Law right arrow

This research seminar paper provides an advanced-level examination of Transnational Law: the developing field of hybrid cross-border law that does...

30 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
LEGAL569 International Law - A Place for Indigenous Rights right arrow

This research seminar paper provides an advanced-level examination of critical issues regarding Indigenous Rights in International Law. Students...

30 24G (Hamilton) & 24G (Tauranga)
LEGAL576 The Laws of Armed Conflict & International Humanitarian Law right arrow

This research seminar paper provides an advanced-level examination of critical issues in the Laws of Armed Conflict and International Humanitarian...

30 24G (Hamilton) & 24G (Tauranga)
LEGAL580 Advanced Banking and Finance Law right arrow

This research seminar paper provides an advanced-level examination of critical issues in Banking and Finance Law. Students complete a supervised...

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
LEGAL583 Advanced Immigration and Refugee Law right arrow

This research seminar paper provides an advanced-level examination of critical issues in Immigration and Refugee Law. Students complete a supervised...

30 24H (Hamilton) & 24H (Tauranga)
LEGAL587 Advanced Health Law right arrow

This research seminar paper provides an advanced-level examination of critical issues in Health Law. Students complete a supervised research project...

30 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
LEGAL591 Research Project right arrow

Completion of a 12,500 word research project regarding a legal research subject that can properly be supervised in the Faculty.

30 24X (Hamilton)
LEGAL592 Dissertation right arrow

Completion of a 25,000 word dissertation regarding a legal research subject that can properly be supervised in the Faculty.

60 24X (Hamilton)
LEGAL593 Thesis right arrow

Completion of a 38,000 word thesis regarding a legal research subject that can properly be supervised in the Faculty.

90 24X (Hamilton)
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LEGAL800 Law MPhil Thesis right arrow

Completion of a 50,000 word thesis regarding a legal research subject that can properly be supervised in the Faculty.

120 24I (Hamilton) & 24X (Hamilton)
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LEGAL900 Law PhD Thesis right arrow

Completion of a 80,000 - 100,000 word thesis regarding a legal research subject that can properly be supervised in the Faculty.

120 24I (Hamilton) & 24J (Hamilton) & 24K (Hamilton) & 24X (Hamilton)
LEGAL990 Doctor of Laws right arrow

The degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD) may be awarded to a candidate who has successfully presented for examination a collection of work, or a specially...

0 24X (Hamilton)
LEGAL994 SJD Thesis right arrow

Completion of a 60,000 word thesis regarding a legal research subject that can properly be supervised in the Faculty.

120 24X (Hamilton)
LEGAL995 Research Portfolio right arrow

The production of two publishable quality research papers, and the production of a research proposal to the same level as a PhD proposal, regarding a...

120 24X (Hamilton)
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