There is a wealth of information available to you on this page designed to assist you to understand the structure and content of your law studies. We suggest that you start by reading this fact sheet.
Read the Law Degree fact sheet (PDF)
The fact sheet sets out the formal structure of the LLB, the structure of a LLB combined with another degree and the structure of the LLB Honours programme. This identifies the compulsory elements of the degree, shows you how long it will take and guides you as to how many papers to take each year.
It is possible to reduce the number of elective Otago law papers by a maximum of 30 points. You can credit non-law papers (if they are at 200 level and not used for another qualification) or, in limited circumstances, can credit a law paper taken at a different University – most likely on exchange.
During the course of the degree, you need to complete a number of elements aimed at starting you on the path of developing the skills of a practicing lawyer. The first of these is LAWS298 Legal Writing, which is augmented in third year by LAWS398 Legal Research. Both are part of a larger Research and Writing programme. In addition to the plea in mitigation completed as part of LAWS 201 Criminal Law (to introduce oral advocacy skills), you will also need to do the moot for LAWS 499 Advocacy Skills in the same year you do LAWS 301 Torts.
Every 300 and 400 level paper will offer some form of internal assessment – at the very least a research and writing assignment. The Faculty has collated information about the due dates, weighting and nature of the internal assessment available for most papers offered.
2020 Internal Assessment Information (PDF)
The Faculty has formal processes for entry into:
Choosing your papers
As you probably know, the choice of law papers you do in first and second year is dictated by the Law Faculty. From third year onwards, while there are still some compulsory elements to the degree, you start to make your own choices about what sort of papers you want to study.
If you are not enrolled in the LLB in conjunction with another degree, then filling all of the boxes will mean the requirements for both degrees are satisfied, unless you are doing a double major or a minor in your other degree. The bold lines represent the requirements for the LLB.
In 2020, we will be offering approximately 45 elective law papers, including the six summer school papers.
These papers are all described in more detail below, but are also conveniently collected together:
Law timetable for 2020 (PDF)
Two of these papers have controlled entry. LAWS 464 Advocacy is limited to 12 students: if you want to do this paper, you must first pass evidence and be in your final year. Enrol through eVision in the normal way, but before the closing date of 30 November. LAWS 480 allows you to do a single piece of researched writing on a topic of your choosing.
For more information or specific advice:
- LAWS 201 Criminal Law
- LAWS 202 Law of Contract
- LAWS 203 Property Law
- LAWS 204 Public Law
- LAWS 298 Legal Writing
- LAWS 301 Law of Torts
- LAWS 302 Jurisprudence
- LAWS 380 Preliminary Honours Research Papers
- LAWS 398 Legal Research Skills
Summer School – January-February 2020
Papers offered in 2020
Papers offered in 2021
Note: Information for papers offered in 2021 is not currently available.
Papers offered in 2022
Note: Information for papers offered in 2022 is not currently available.