UniversityUniversity of Auckland
This course is available
Level of Study
Next start date
Expected Feb 2024
University of Auckland
Students who have gained a B+ average or higher in their Law courses in Parts I and II of the LLB programme will be invited to transfer to the LLB(Hons) programme to complete Parts III and IV. This will usually be at the end of the second year of study – or for conjoint students, at the end of the third year of study, subject to meeting requirements.
The LLB(Hons) programme requires students to enrol in one additional semester, on top of their LLB programme, to complete a double-semester seminar course and a dissertation.
Throughout the programme, students will need to maintain at least a B+ average.
The LLB(Hons) is made up of 540 points and involves a student completing the LLB programme and an additional 20-point honours seminar course (usually as part of their Part III year) and a 40-point dissertation in the semester immediately following their Part IV year.
It will take a minimum of nine semesters to complete all of the requirements for the LLB(Hons) degree, unless a student is completing a conjoint degree. In that case it will take a minimum of 11 semesters. The number of semesters required can be reduced by one if the dissertation is completed through Summer School immediately following their Part IV year.
Please note: Possible requirements may change each year.
Where could this programme take you?
A Law degree will arm you with many transferable skills, including knowledge of the law and its implications, a sense of justice and public responsibility, analytical, research and communication skills, and an ability to work under pressure. A degree from the University of Auckland Law School is well-respected. In any given year, about half our graduates take up positions in New Zealand law firms, while the other half begin their careers in other professional organisations. These include accounting and consulting; business and industry; national and local government; teaching, research and journalism; and international, environmental and other non-governmental areas. Our graduates can be found practising law in New Zealand and worldwide – many of our former students work for leading law firms in London, New York, Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore, and other major cities.
Jobs related to this programme
Academia – lecturing, research
Government – policy work, resource management, parliamentary drafting
Private companies – in-house legal counsel, tax, property, management consultant, regulation, compliance, human resources
Private practice – barrister, solicitor
Public service – prosecution, defence
Further study options
Graduate Certificate in Law
Graduate Diploma in Law
Postgraduate Certificate in Law
Master of Laws
Master of Taxation Studies
Doctor of Philosophy
There is no direct entry to the LLB(Hons) programme for students who have completed their prior study overseas. Entry is by invitation for existing high-achieving LLB Part II students. International students wishing to study the LLB (Hons) should first successfully complete Parts I and II of the LLB programme to the required level at Auckland Law School.
Other pathways to study
You could be eligible for another programme, or check out these alternative pathways:
Bridge your educational gap with a preparation and foundation programme.
If you have an offer of place from us that is conditional on meeting English language requirements, you may be considered for English Pathway courses from the University of Auckland English Language Academy (ELA)