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Bachelor of Laws with Honours (LLB(Hons))

Entry to LLB (Hons)

If you average at least B+ in your 4 second-year law papers and your marks place you in the top 10% of the class, you will be invited into the Bachelor of Laws with Honours (LLB(Hons)) programme. You can also apply to enter the programme, but you need to have completed at least 105 points at 300- and 400-level and be only partially through your LLB. 

Entry into LLB (Hons) (PDF, 287KB)

The LLB (Hons) Programme

Like the LLB, the LLB(Hons) degree is also a 4-year programme. Students will complete the same programme as LLB students, but also submit a research paper in their final year. Generally, honours degrees require an additional year of study; the fact the LLB(Hons) can be completed within the same timeframe as the LLB is a distinct advantage for students of law at Otago.

Regulations for the LLB (Hons)

Research paper

The critical component of the honours programme is the research paper – otherwise known as the honours dissertation – which counts for 60 points and is completed during your final year.

Further information

For any queries relating to the LLB (Hons) programme, please contact Honours Co-ordinator Dr Stephen Young.

Programme requirements

Bachelor of Laws with Honours (LLB(Hons))

Year Papers Points
1st year

LAWS 101  The Legal System

108 points from any degree *



2nd year

LAWS 201  Criminal Law

LAWS 202  Law of Contract

LAWS 203  Property Law

LAWS 204  Public Law

LAWS 298  Legal Writing






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







Honours Requirements

LAWS 380 (taken in the third year)

LAWS 490 (taken in the fourth year)




* 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.