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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 2022

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Apply for the Bachelor of Laws with Honours (LLB(Hons)) through the Dunedin campus in 2022

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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

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a selection of on-campus papers will be made available via distance and online learning for eligible students.
Find out which papers are available and how to apply on our COVID-19 website

Paper code Year Title Points Teaching period
LAWS101 2022 The Legal System 36 points Full Year
LAWS102 2022 Introduction to Law and New Technologies 18 points Not offered in 2022
LAWS201 2022 Criminal Law 30 points Full Year
LAWS202 2022 Law of Contract 30 points Full Year
LAWS203 2022 Property Law 30 points Full Year
LAWS204 2022 Public Law 30 points Full Year
LAWS298 2022 Legal Writing 0 points Full Year
LAWS301 2022 Law of Torts 30 points Full Year
LAWS302 2022 Jurisprudence 30 points Full Year
LAWS314 2022 Law of Evidence 30 points Not offered in 2022
LAWS350 2022 Lawyers, Clients, and the Profession 15 points Semester 1
LAWS351 2022 Climate Law and Policy 15 points Not offered in 2022
LAWS352 2022 International Tax Law and Policy 15 points Not offered in 2022
LAWS353 2022 The Law in the South Pacific 15 points Semester 1
LAWS354 2022 Insolvency Law 15 points Semester 2
LAWS356 2022 International Labour Law 15 points Semester 2
LAWS380 2022 Preliminary Honours Research Papers 0 points Full Year
LAWS398 2022 Legal Research Skills 0 points Full Year
LAWS401 2022 Children and the Family Justice System 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2023
LAWS402 2022 The Genomic Future and the Law 15 points Not offered in 2022
LAWS403 2022 Immigration and Refugee Law 15 points Semester 1
LAWS404 2022 Administrative Law 15 points Semester 2
LAWS405 2022 Civil Liberties and the Private Sector 15 points Semester 2
LAWS406 2022 Civil Procedure 15 points Not offered in 2022
LAWS407 2022 Company Law 15 points Semester 1
LAWS408 2022 Comparative Law 15 points Not offered in 2022
LAWS409 2022 Private International Law 15 points Semester 2
LAWS410 2022 Criminology 15 points Summer School
LAWS411 2022 Family Law 15 points Semester 1
LAWS412 2022 International Law 15 points Semester 2
LAWS413 2022 Labour Law 15 points Semester 1
LAWS414 2022 Law of Evidence 15 points Semester 1
LAWS415 2022 Resource Management Law 15 points Semester 2
LAWS416 2022 Taxation 15 points Not offered in 2022
LAWS417 2022 Criminal Justice 15 points Semester 1
LAWS418 2022 Crime and Property 15 points Semester 1
LAWS419 2022 Securities Market Regulation 15 points Summer School
LAWS420 2022 Law and the Democratic Process 15 points Semester 1
LAWS421 2022 International Environmental Law 15 points Semester 2
LAWS422 2022 Bill of Rights - Theory and Practice 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2024
LAWS423 2022 Information and Data Protection Law 15 points Not offered in 2022
LAWS424 2022 International Criminal Court 15 points Not offered in 2022
LAWS425 2022 Energy Law 15 points Not offered in 2022
LAWS426 2022 Insurance Law 15 points Semester 1
LAWS427 2022 Commercial Equity 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2023
LAWS428 2022 Law and Emerging Technologies 15 points Semester 2
LAWS430 2022 Advanced Criminal Law 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2023
LAWS431 2022 Advanced Contract and Tort 15 points Semester 2
LAWS432 2022 Animals and the Law 15 points Semester 1
LAWS433 2022 Advanced Family Property 15 points Semester 2
LAWS435 2022 Banking Law 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2023
LAWS436 2022 Commercial and Consumer Law 15 points Not offered in 2022
LAWS437 2022 Competition Law 15 points Semester 1
LAWS438 2022 Civil Liberties and the Public Sector 15 points Not offered in 2022
LAWS440 2022 Environmental Law 15 points Semester 1
LAWS441 2022 Advanced Taxation 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2023
LAWS442 2022 Law and the Sports Industry 15 points Semester 2
LAWS443 2022 International Investment Law 15 points Summer School
LAWS444 2022 Intellectual Property 15 points Not offered in 2022
LAWS447 2022 Law and Medicine 15 points Semester 1
LAWS448 2022 Law and Psychiatry 15 points Semester 2
LAWS449 2022 Criminal Procedure 15 points Not offered in 2022
LAWS450 2022 Law of Restitution 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2024
LAWS451 2022 Advanced Legal History 15 points Not offered in 2022
LAWS452 2022 Legal Theory 15 points Not offered in 2022
LAWS453 2022 Advanced Legislation 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2023
LAWS454 2022 Negotiation 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2023
LAWS455 2022 Māori Land Law 15 points Semester 1
LAWS456 2022 Media Law 15 points Semester 2
LAWS457 2022 Secured Transactions 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2023
LAWS458 2022 Sentencing 15 points Semester 2
LAWS459 2022 Treaty of Waitangi 15 points Semester 1
LAWS460 2022 Vendor and Purchaser 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2023
LAWS461 2022 Laws and Indigenous Peoples 15 points Semester 2
LAWS462 2022 Wills and Trusts 15 points Semester 2
LAWS463 2022 Legal Ethics 15 points Semester 2
LAWS464 2022 Advocacy 15 points Semester 2
LAWS465 2022 Law and Society 15 points Not offered in 2022
LAWS466 2022 Gender and the Law 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2024
LAWS467 2022 International Human Rights Law 15 points Semester 1
LAWS468 2022 Advanced Company Law 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2024
LAWS469 2022 Law and Religion 15 points Not offered in 2022
LAWS470 2022 Special Topic 1 15 points Not offered in 2022
LAWS471 2022 Special Topic: International Trade Regulation 15 points Not offered in 2022
LAWS472 2022 Special Topic 3 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2023
LAWS473 2022 Special Topic 4: Public Health Law 15 points Summer School
LAWS474 2022 Special Topic 5: International Criminal Law: Terrorism and Human Rights 15 points Summer School
LAWS475 2022 Special Topic 6: Global and Comparative Animal Law 15 points Summer School
LAWS476 2022 Special Topic 7 15 points Not offered in 2022
LAWS477 2022 Special Topic 8: Mediation 15 points Semester 1
LAWS478 2022 Special Topic 15 points Not offered in 2022
LAWS479 2022 Special Topic 10 15 points Not offered in 2022
LAWS480 2022 Research Paper 15 points Semester 1, Semester 2, 1st Non standard period, Summer School
LAWS481 2022 Special Topic 11: International Litigation and Dispute Settlement 15 points Not offered in 2022
LAWS485 2022 Special Topic 14: Chinese Law 15 points Semester 2
LAWS486 2022 Special Topic: Not-for-Profit Law 15 points Not offered in 2022
LAWS487 2022 Special Topic 16 15 points Not offered in 2022
LAWS488 2022 Accidents and the Law 15 points Semester 2
LAWS490 2022 Final Honours Research Paper 60 points Full Year
LAWS498 2022 Research and Writing 0 points Semester 1, Semester 2, Summer School
LAWS499 2022 Advocacy Skills 0 points Semester 2
LAWS512 2022 Family Law 15 points Semester 1
LAWS515 2022 Resource Management Law 15 points Semester 2
LAWS521 2022 International Environmental Law 15 points Semester 2
LAWS528 2022 Law and Emerging Technologies 15 points Semester 2
LAWS540 2022 Environmental Law 15 points Semester 1
LAWS547 2022 Law and Medicine 15 points Semester 1
LAWS548 2022 Law and Psychiatry 15 points Semester 2
LAWS588 2022 Accidents and the Law 15 points Semester 2

Key information for future students

Contact us

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