Law courses are a popular choice in New Zealand, leading graduates to a range of careers in the legal profession as well as associated fields. These courses are chosen by students wishing to practise as lawyers, but also provide useful preparation for work in other industries as well as government.
For more information about studying law in New Zealand, visit the New Zealand Law Society website.
If you're interested in studying law, you may also consider coures in humanities and social sciences and social and community services
What you can study
Courses at vocational certificate and diploma level do not provide a professional qualification in law, but there are programmes available in related areas such as conveyancing, legal administration, immigration and law enforcement. The New Zealand Law Society administers a legal executive diploma for those looking to gain work as a legal executive. These courses can act as a pathway into a law degree.
To practise law in New Zealand, you need to have a law degree from an accredited university, complete practical legal training through a course administered by the Institute of Professional Legal Studies or the College of Law New Zealand, be admitted to the roll of Barristers and Solicitors of the High Court of New Zealand and hold a current practising certificate from the New Zealand Law Society.
In New Zealand, students are usually admitted to the second year of a bachelor of laws (LLB) based on results achieved in first-year introductory courses. It is possible to combine law with studies in arts, science, commerce or even medicine through a double degree.
At postgraduate level, most programmes are designed for those who already hold a law degree and wish to gain further knowledge in a specialised area or pursue research in the field. For graduates of other fields, there are a select number of programmes that offer a basic grounding in law that can be applied to other disciplines; however, to practise law, graduates will still need to complete an LLB.
Where to study
The bachelor of laws is offered at six of New Zealand’s universities — the University of Auckland, Auckland University of Technology (AUT), the University of Canterbury, the University of Otago, the University of Waikato and Victoria University of Wellington.