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Bachelor of Laws (LLB)

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


4 years

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Bachelor of Laws (LLB) students gain a professional degree of outstanding quality in four years.

You will deal with real people with real problems as part of the innovative clinical studies programme at UC, honing critical practical skills in the process of helping the community.

What will my study involve?

  • UC has a specially designed Moot Court room, regularly used for client interviewing, witness examination, mooting, and negotiation competitions.
  • Get work experience through internships, clinical, and community work opportunities.
  • Many student clubs including LAWSOC, Women in Law, Te Putaiki Maori Law Students’ Association, Law for Change, and UC Animal Law Association.

Further study

UC's postgraduate Law options include:

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

Career opportunities

UC has Law Internship courses letting you gain skills through community and clinical work experience.

Gain necessary legal skills in research, writing, analysis, and reasoning for a range of careers beyond law.

Graduates are working as lawyers, policy analysts, Maori development advisors, foreign affairs officers, and journalists.

Entry criteria

Applicants must have completed New Zealand University Entrance through NCEA; or Cambridge International Examinations (CIE); or International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) or any other equivalent overseas qualification.

Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): Minimum overall score of 6.0, with no band score lower than 5.5.
  • TOEFL (IBT): Minimum overall score of 80, with a minimum score of 19 in Reading, Listening and Writing.
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): Overall score of 50, and no communicative skills score below 42.

Recommended preparation

Law studies do not require a background in any specific subject at secondary school, and entry to the first year of the LLB is open to everyone with University Entrance.

You will need to have good reading, writing, and analytical skills. Subjects such as English, drama, economics, te reo Maori, languages, history, and classical studies are useful preparation.

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