Careers and Graduate Attributes

Law Career Opportunities

The AUT law degree places significant emphasis on developing students' competency in critical analysis, logical reasoning, rational argument and outcome-oriented negotiation. There is a strong demand for law graduates who can apply these skills to a wide range of roles.

Many students treat a law degree as a generic degree and it is estimated that around 50 percent of law graduates pursue careers outside the legal profession, in business, government and a wide range of other industries.

Law Graduate Career Opportunities include:

  • Lawyer in a firm or sole practice
  • Barrister sole
  • Accountancy practice
  • In-house lawyer in large New Zealand and multinational businesses and organisations
  • Senior policy advisor to government
  • Patent attorney

Law Graduate Attributes

A graduate of the Bachelor of Laws will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the New Zealand legal framework and its underlying principles.
  2. Demonstrate detailed knowledge of a range of domestic and international principles of law and their application.
  3. Work effectively and productively on their own and/or with others.
  4. Identify and offer appropriate responses to ethical issues that may arise in professional contexts.
  5. Think critically and apply problem solving skills to enable effective analysis and evaluation of, and responses to legal issues.
  6. Demonstrate familiarity with and competence in the use of legal databases and other technologies, and ability to employ effective research strategies for the retrieval, evaluation and application of relevant legal materials.
  7. Communicate clearly, appropriately and persuasively with both legal and lay audiences.

Last updated: 09-Mar-2017 1.25pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.