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"LAWS" Papers


Course structure

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.

View the Faculty of Law Guidelines – Exchange and Substition points document (PDF)
Learn about completing part of your study overseas 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.

Read the Skills Development fact sheet for more information about the programme (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.

View this fact sheet for assistance on making these choices (PDF)
Download the degree planner (PDF)

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.

Read about how to apply for LAWS 480 and how it works (PDF)
Application for admission to LAWS 480 form (PDF)

For more information or specific advice:


100-level papers

200-level papers

300-level papers

400-level papers

Summer School – January-February 2020

Download Summer School Law papers 2020 flyer (PDF)

Full year

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Papers offered in 2020

First Semester 2020Second Semester 2020
LAWS407 Company LawLAWS403 Immigration and Refugee Law
LAWS409 Private International LawLAWS406 Civil Procedure
LAWS414 Law of EvidenceLAWS411 Family Law
LAWS416 TaxationLAWS415/515 Resource Management Law
LAWS417 Criminal JusticeLAWS419 Securities Market Regulation
LAWS420 Law and the Democratic ProcessLAWS421/521 International Environmental Law
LAWS436 Commercial and Consumer LawLAWS425 Energy Law
LAWS437 Competition LawLAWS426 Insurance Law
LAWS440/540 Environmental LawLAWS428/528 Law and Emerging Technologies
LAWS447/547 Law and MedicineLAWS442 Law and the Sports Industry
LAWS450 Law of RestitutionLAWS448/548 Law and Psychiatry
LAWS455 Maori Land LawLAWS548 Sentencing
LAWS459 Treaty of WaitangiLAWS461 Law and Indigenous Peoples
LAWS460 Vendor and PurchaserLAWS462 Wills and Trusts
LAWS464 AdvocacyLAWS463 Legal Ethics
LAWS488 Accidents and the LawLAWS468 Advanced Company Law
LAWS478 Insolvency LawLAWS487 International Family LawLAWS477 Mediation
LAWS480 Research PaperLAWS480 Research Paper
LAWS498 Research and WritingLAWS481 International Litigation and Dispute Settlement
LAWS485 Chinese Law
LAWS498 Research and Writing
LAWS499 Advocacy Skills

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Papers offered in 2021

Note: Information for papers offered in 2021 is not currently available.

LAWS401 Children and the Family Justice SystemLAWS440/540 Environmental Law
LAWS403 Immigration and Refugee LawLAWS441 Advanced Taxation
LAWS405 Civil Liberties and the Private SectorLAWS444 Intellectual Property
LAWS406 Civil ProcedureLAWS447/547 Law and Medicine
LAWS407 Company LawLAWS448/548 Law and Psychiatry
LAWS409 Private International LawLAWS452 Legal Theory
LAWS411 Family LawLAWS453 Advanced Legislation
LAWS412 International LawLAWS454 Negotiation
LAWS413 Labour LawLAWS455 Maori Land Law
LAWS414 Law of EvidenceLAWS457 Secured Transactions
LAWS415/515 Resource Management LawLAWS458 Sentencing
LAWS416 TaxationLAWS461 Law and Indigenous Peoples
LAWS417 Criminal JusticeLAWS462 Wills and Trusts
LAWS419 Securities Market RegulationLAWS463 Legal Ethics
LAWS421/521 International Environmental LawLAWS464 Advocacy
LAWS425 Energy LawLAWS467 International Human Rights Law
LAWS426 Insurance LawLAWS469 Law and Religion
LAWS428/528 Law and Emerging TechnologiesLAWS471 International Trade
LAWS429 Forensic LawLAWS476 European Union Law
LAWS430 Advanced Criminal LawLAWS478 Insolvency Law
LAWS431 Advanced Contract and TortLAWS479 Constitutional Law: Federalism
LAWS432 Animals and the LawLAWS480 Research Paper
LAWS433 Advanced Family PropertyLAWS485 Chinese Law
LAWS435 Banking LawLAWS486 Not for Profit Law
LAWS437 Competition Law

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Papers offered in 2022

Note: Information for papers offered in 2022 is not currently available.

LAWS402 The Genomic Future and the LawLAWS442 Law and the Sports Industry
LAWS403 Immigration and Refugee LawLAWS443 International Investment Law
LAWS404 Administrative LawLAWS444 Intellectual Property
LAWS405 Civil Liberties and the Private SectorLAWS447/547 Law and Medicine
LAWS406 Civil ProcedureLAWS448/548 Law and Psychiatry
LAWS407 Company LawLAWS450 Law of Restitution
LAWS409 Private International LawLAWS452 Legal Theory
LAWS411 Family LawLAWS455 Maori Land Law
LAWS412 International LawLAWS458 Sentencing
LAWS413 Labour LawLAWS459 Treaty of Waitangi
LAWS414 Law of EvidenceLAWS460 Vendor and Purchaser
LAWS415/515 Resource Management LawLAWS461 Law and Indigenous Peoples
LAWS416 TaxationLAWS462 Wills and Trusts
LAWS417 Criminal JusticeLAWS463 Legal Ethics
LAWS418 Crime and PropertyLAWS464 Advocacy
LAWS419 Securities Market RegulationLAWS465 Law and Society
LAWS421/521 International Environmental LawLAWS467 International Human Rights Law
LAWS425 Energy LawLAWS468 Advanced Company Law
LAWS426 Insurance LawLAWS469 Law and Religion
LAWS428/528 Law and Emerging TechnologiesLAWS477 Mediation
LAWS430 Advanced Criminal LawLAWS478 Insolvency Law
LAWS432 Animals and the LawLAWS480 Research Paper
LAWS436 Commercial and Consumer LawLAWS481 International Litigation and Dispute Settlement
LAWS437 Competition LawLAWS485 Chinese Law
LAWS440/540 Environmental LawLAWS488 Accidents and the Law

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