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Working towards a justice system that is accessible, affordable, efficient, fair and just for all New Zealanders.

The Legal Issues Centre is an interdisciplinary research centre based at the University of Otago that conducts independent, world-leading research on New Zealand’s justice system by examining five key areas:

  • Accessibility
  • Affordability
  • Efficiency
  • Fairness
  • Accuracy

The focus of our research is on the civil justice system that is carried out in accordance with our Centre Charter. 

Masters scholarship opportunity

The University of Otago Legal Issues Centre (UOLIC) and Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM), New Zealand’s Māori Centre for Research Excellence are excited to offer a one year scholarship for a Māori student to complete a Master of Laws (LLM). Find out more here.

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Summer scholarships at the Legal Issues Centre

Research scholarships

We are looking for two students from law and Social Science to assist with our summer research programme, focusing on self-represented litigants and the experience of being a litigant. Each scholarship is worth $5,000 and is for a 10-week project taking place between November 2018 and February 2019. Find out more here.

Animation scholarship

We are looking for a student with experience developing animated videos to conduct a project this summer. The project involves developing a series of animations aimed to assist people who do not have a lawyer with understanding legal processes. The scholarship is for 10 weeks between November 2018 and February 2019 and is worth $5,000. It is open to returning University of Otago or Otago Polytechnic students. Find out more here.

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Your legal summer competition

Are you a law student returning to study in 2019? Share your summer with us and win a cash prize! Look here for details!