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Study Law at Otago

Training for life.

Law is part of all social activity. It defines relationships, protects rights, imposes obligations and gives structure to governmental and commercial enterprise. Law graduates are well equipped to analyse complex issues, find solutions to a wide variety of problems and contribute to decision making at all levels. They are skilled in the precise use of language, both oral and written. They understand the limits of law and its relationship with other social forces. Many graduates find careers as lawyers in private practice, but others prefer to work in business, government, the public sector or welfare agencies.

Apply for the Bachelor of Laws (LLB First Year) through the Dunedin campus in 2021

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Apply for the Bachelor of Laws (LLB Second Year and above) through the Dunedin campus in 2021

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Apply for the Bachelor of Laws with Honours (LLB(Hons)) through the Dunedin campus in 2021

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Why study Law?

The LLB degree provides an excellent grounding in such skills as analysing, decision making, negotiation, researching and forming legal and other arguments. Law graduates are skilled in the precise use of oral and written language and these skills are used in a variety of occupations. Among the students enrolling in the First Year Law paper are many who want to gain an understanding of how the law works in New Zealand as part of their degree course. These include students enrolled in Commerce, Science, Physical Education, Health Science, Arts, Consumer and Applied Science and other degrees.

Career opportunities

Law graduates work as legal advisers and company secretaries in the commercial world, they work in management and executive positions in business and private enterprise. Two thirds of Law students at Otago complete double degrees because Otago’s flexible cross-credit system opens up job opportunities in areas like the media, public relations, entertainment industry, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, information technology consultancies.

Private practice has a variety of fields of law to choose from e.g. commercial, property, public, environmental, banking, wills and trusts, family, criminal, sports, media, civil, tax, maritime, intellectual property and medical law. All government departments and local bodies employ lawyers for specialist legal advice. Otago Law graduates work in law firms all over the world and also in organisations like the United Nations, the International Labour Organisation and Amnesty International. A Law degree is training for life.

Background required

There are no specific requirements regarding subjects taken at school, for entry into the Legal System paper. In general, students are advised to take those subjects at school which interest them and they do well in. The sorts of skills which are useful for Law are good language skills (English is therefore very useful), and skills of analysis (Maths is useful here). Another relevant subject, normally first encountered at University, is Philosophy. You could develop your language and analysis skills by taking part in activities such as drama and debating at school and at university.

Qualifications

Explore your study options further. Refer to enrolment information found on the following qualification pages.

Programme requirements

Programme requirements

Bachelor of Laws (LLB)

Year Papers Points
1st year

LAWS 101  The Legal System

108 points from any degree *

36

108

2nd year

LAWS 201  Criminal Law

LAWS 202  Law of Contract

LAWS 203  Property Law

LAWS 204  Public Law

LAWS 298  Legal Writing

30

30

30

30

0

3rd and 4th years

LAWS 301  Law of Torts

LAWS 302  Jurisprudence

210 further LAWS points (30 points of which may be from any other subject at 200-level or higher)

LAWS 398  Legal Research Skills

LAWS 498  Research and Writing

LAWS 499  Advocacy Skills

30

30

210

0

0

0

 

* LAWS 101 and at least 72 non-LAWS points are normally taken in the first year; any further papers to make a total of 108 non-LAWS points must be taken in the third or fourth year.

 

Bachelor of Laws with Honours (LLB(Hons))

Year Papers Points
1st year

LAWS 101  The Legal System

108 points from any degree *

36

108

2nd year

LAWS 201  Criminal Law

LAWS 202  Law of Contract

LAWS 203  Property Law

LAWS 204  Public Law

LAWS 298  Legal Writing

30

30

30

30

0

3rd and 4th years

LAWS 301  Law of Torts

LAWS 302 Jurisprudence

210 further LAWS points (30 points of which may be from any other subject at 200-level or higher)

LAWS 398  Legal Research Skills

LAWS 498  Research and Writing

LAWS 499  Advocacy Skills

30

30

210


0

0

0

Honours Requirements

LAWS 380 (taken in the third year)

LAWS 490 (taken in the fourth year)

0

60

 

* LAWS 101 and at least 72 non-LAWS points are normally taken in the first year; any further papers to make a total of 108 non-LAWS points must be taken in the third or fourth year.

 

Master of Laws (LLM)

Thesis
  • Thesis: LAWS 5

Papers

Paper code Year Title Points Teaching period
LAWS101 2020 The Legal System 36 points Full Year
LAWS102 2020 Introduction to Law and New Technologies 18 points Second Semester
LAWS201 2020 Criminal Law 30 points Full Year
LAWS202 2020 Law of Contract 30 points Full Year
LAWS203 2020 Property Law 30 points Full Year
LAWS204 2020 Public Law 30 points Full Year
LAWS298 2020 Legal Writing 0 points Full Year
LAWS301 2020 Law of Torts 30 points Full Year
LAWS302 2020 Jurisprudence 30 points Full Year
LAWS311 2020 Family Law 30 points Not offered in 2020
LAWS314 2020 Law of Evidence 30 points Not offered in 2020
LAWS380 2020 Preliminary Honours Research Papers 0 points Full Year
LAWS398 2020 Legal Research Skills 0 points Full Year
LAWS401 2020 Children and the Family Justice System 15 points Summer School
LAWS402 2020 The Genomic Future and the Law 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2022
LAWS403 2020 Immigration and Refugee Law 15 points Second Semester
LAWS404 2020 Administrative Law 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2022
LAWS405 2020 Civil Liberties and the Private Sector 15 points Not offered in 2020
LAWS406 2020 Civil Procedure 15 points Second Semester
LAWS407 2020 Company Law 15 points First Semester
LAWS408 2020 Comparative Law 15 points Not offered in 2020
LAWS409 2020 Private International Law 15 points First Semester
LAWS410 2020 Criminology 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2024
LAWS411 2020 Family Law 15 points Not offered in 2020
LAWS412 2020 International Law 15 points Not offered in 2020
LAWS413 2020 Labour Law 15 points First Semester
LAWS414 2020 Law of Evidence 15 points First Semester
LAWS415 2020 Resource Management Law 15 points Second Semester
LAWS416 2020 Taxation 15 points First Semester
LAWS417 2020 Criminal Justice 15 points First Semester
LAWS418 2020 Crime and Property 15 points Not offered in 2020
LAWS419 2020 Securities Market Regulation 15 points Second Semester
LAWS420 2020 Law and the Democratic Process 15 points First Semester
LAWS421 2020 International Environmental Law 15 points Second Semester
LAWS422 2020 Bill of Rights - Theory and Practice 15 points Not offered in 2020
LAWS423 2020 Information and Data Protection Law 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2024
LAWS424 2020 International Criminal Court 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2023
LAWS425 2020 Energy Law 15 points Second Semester
LAWS426 2020 Insurance Law 15 points Second Semester
LAWS427 2020 Commercial Equity 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2023
LAWS428 2020 Law and Emerging Technologies 15 points Second Semester
LAWS429 2020 Forensic Law 15 points Not offered in 2020
LAWS430 2020 Advanced Criminal Law 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2023
LAWS431 2020 Advanced Contract and Tort 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2024
LAWS432 2020 Animals and the Law 15 points Summer School
LAWS433 2020 Advanced Family Property 15 points Not offered in 2020
LAWS435 2020 Banking Law 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2023
LAWS436 2020 Commercial and Consumer Law 15 points First Semester
LAWS437 2020 Competition Law 15 points First Semester
LAWS438 2020 Civil Liberties and the Public Sector 15 points Not offered in 2020
LAWS440 2020 Environmental Law 15 points First Semester
LAWS441 2020 Advanced Taxation 15 points Not offered in 2020
LAWS442 2020 Law and the Sports Industry 15 points Second Semester
LAWS443 2020 International Investment Law 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2023
LAWS444 2020 Intellectual Property 15 points Summer School
LAWS447 2020 Law and Medicine 15 points First Semester
LAWS448 2020 Law and Psychiatry 15 points Second Semester
LAWS450 2020 Law of Restitution 15 points First Semester
LAWS451 2020 Advanced Legal History 15 points Not offered in 2020
LAWS452 2020 Legal Theory 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2022
LAWS453 2020 Advanced Legislation 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2022
LAWS454 2020 Negotiation 15 points Not offered in 2020
LAWS455 2020 Māori Land Law 15 points First Semester
LAWS456 2020 Media Law: Privacy and the Media 15 points Not offered in 2020
LAWS457 2020 Secured Transactions 15 points Not offered in 2020
LAWS458 2020 Sentencing 15 points Second Semester
LAWS459 2020 Treaty of Waitangi 15 points First Semester
LAWS460 2020 Vendor and Purchaser 15 points First Semester
LAWS461 2020 Laws and Indigenous Peoples 15 points Second Semester
LAWS462 2020 Wills and Trusts 15 points Second Semester
LAWS463 2020 Legal Ethics 15 points Second Semester
LAWS464 2020 Advocacy 15 points Second Semester
LAWS465 2020 Law and Society 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2022
LAWS466 2020 Gender and the Law 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2024
LAWS467 2020 International Human Rights Law 15 points Not offered in 2020
LAWS468 2020 Advanced Company Law 15 points Second Semester
LAWS469 2020 Law and Religion 15 points Not offered in 2020
LAWS470 2020 Special Topic 1: International Criminal Justice 15 points Summer School
LAWS471 2020 Special Topic 2: International Trade 15 points Not offered in 2020
LAWS472 2020 Special Topic 3: Issues in International Tax 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2023
LAWS473 2020 Special Topic 4: Public Health Law 15 points Summer School
LAWS474 2020 Special Topic 5 15 points Not offered in 2020
LAWS475 2020 Special Topic 6: Legal Practice 15 points Summer School
LAWS476 2020 Special Topic 7: European Union Law 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2024
LAWS477 2020 Special Topic 8: Mediation 15 points Second Semester
LAWS478 2020 Special Topic 9: Insolvency Law 15 points First Semester
LAWS479 2020 Special Topic 10: Constitutional Law: Federalism 15 points Not offered in 2020
LAWS480 2020 Research Paper 15 points First Semester, Second Semester, 1st Non standard period, Summer School
LAWS481 2020 Special Topic 11: International Litigation and Dispute Settlement 15 points Second Semester
LAWS485 2020 Special Topic 14: Chinese Law 15 points Second Semester
LAWS486 2020 Special Topic 15: Not for Profit Law 15 points Not offered in 2020
LAWS487 2020 Special Topic 16: International Family Law 15 points First Semester
LAWS488 2020 Accidents and the Law 15 points First Semester
LAWS490 2020 Final Honours Research Paper 60 points Full Year
LAWS498 2020 Research and Writing 0 points First Semester, Second Semester, Summer School
LAWS499 2020 Advocacy Skills 0 points Second Semester
LAWS511 2020 Family Law 30 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2022
LAWS515 2020 Resource Management Law 15 points Second Semester
LAWS521 2020 International Environmental Law 15 points Second Semester
LAWS528 2020 Law and Emerging Technologies 15 points Second Semester
LAWS540 2020 Environmental Law 15 points First Semester
LAWS547 2020 Law and Medicine 15 points First Semester
LAWS548 2020 Law and Psychiatry 15 points Second Semester
LAWS602 2020 The Genomic Future and the Law 30 points Not offered in 2020
LAWS603 2020 Commercialisation of Emerging Technologies 30 points Not offered in 2020
LAWS604 2020 Law in the Digital Age 30 points Not offered in 2020
LAWS680 2020 Research Dissertation 30 points Not offered in 2020

Key information for future students

Contact us

Faculty of Law
Email law@otago.ac.nz
Web otago.ac.nz/law