Bachelor of Laws (LLB): degree outline

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AUT law graduates are well prepared for a range of law careers. Our graduates have established successful careers in a range of law firms, immigration consultancies and commercial establishments including Kensington Swan, Bell Gully, Buddle Findlay, Chapman Tripp, Meredith Connell, Langdon and Co Lawyers, Enterprise Law, Simpson Dowsett Mackie, Davies Law, Te Nahu Lovell & Co and Wynyard Wood.

Throughout your study you learn to deliver practical solutions to legal problems. Our interactive lectures and regular case-study workshops develop your ability to interpret, critically analyse, debate, reason and problem-solve. You become an articulate communicator, and confident in your understanding of legal principles and their relevance to business and community. You also develop your critical thinking and problem-solving skills, your ability to act ethically, and your sense of community and professional responsibility.

Key features:

  • Ongoing input from the legal profession and business community
  • Intensive and interactive study environment
  • Active student culture
  • Opportunities to network

Quick facts

Programme code: AK1008
Level of Study: 7
Points: 480
Duration: 4 years full time / equivalent part time
Venue: City Campus and South Campus*
Starting date: 26 February 2018

AUT encourages early application. This qualification will remain open until all places have been filled.

* All the compulsory papers in Part I, II, III and IV will be offered at the South Campus beginning in 2017. Electives are available at the City Campus.

Admission and entry requirements

  • University Entrance (NECA, CIE or IB) or equivalent
  • Applicants for whom English is a second or additional language must have an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 overall and a minimum of 5.5 in each band. For more details, please refer to English Language Requirements in AUT’s Academic Calendar

Preferred school subjects

Subjects that develop a very good standard of reading, oral and written English.


Download the 2018 Law Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programme Guide

For more details about the structure of the Bachelor of Laws refer to the course planner.

The outcomes for graduates of this programme are outlined in the Graduate Profile.

Part I

You study three compulsory law papers:

LAWS501 Legal System
LAWS504 Personal Property
LAWS509 Legal Reasoning and Writing

This makes up half of your first-year study (60 points). The other 60 points must be taken from another AUT degree, which gives you the opportunity to broaden your study and enables you to enrol in one of the double degrees.

If you complete your Part I papers and obtain at least a B grade average in the compulsory law papers, then you will be offered a place in Part II of the programme. Other students may also be eligible for Part II study.

Part II

You study six further compulsory law papers:

LAWS622 Law of Contract
LAWS623 Law of Torts
LAWS607 Constitutional Law
LAWS604 Real Property
LAWS606 Company Law
LAWS605 Trusts

Students who have obtained a ‘B’ average in their first year law papers at another New Zealand university can apply for direct entry into Part II of the programme.

Part III

You study four compulsory papers:
LAWS798 Criminal Law
LAWS702 Judicial Review of Administrative Action
LAWS703 Advanced Private Law
LAWS704 Public International Law

You choose the rest of your papers from law electives.

Part IV

You study:
LAWS706 Legal Ethics

You choose the rest of your papers from law electives.

Career opportunities

Graduates of AUT’s Bachelor of Laws are eligible to gain admission as barristers and solicitors of the High Court of New Zealand on completion of their Professional Legal Studies course. As a lawyer you might practise in a wide range of legal areas including corporate law, commercial and intellectual property, family law, environmental law, criminal law, taxation and general practice.

Law graduates also move into roles as:

  • In-house lawyers in large New Zealand and multinational businesses and organisations
  • Patent attorneys
  • Policy advisors to central and local government
  • Senior management roles in business
  • Taxation practitioners in accountancy practices

Double your career options - study law and:

Download the Bachelor of Laws double degrees structures

This means that you complete the two degrees at the same time, in just over five years compared to the seven years it would take if you studied them separately.

Last updated: 13-Dec-2017 3.49pm

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