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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 2021

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Apply for the Bachelor of Laws (LLB Second Year and above) through the Dunedin campus in 2021

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Apply for the Bachelor of Laws with Honours (LLB(Hons)) through the Dunedin campus in 2021

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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

Paper code Year Title Points Teaching period
LAWS101 2021 The Legal System 36 points Full Year
LAWS102 2021 Introduction to Law and New Technologies 18 points Second Semester
LAWS201 2021 Criminal Law 30 points Full Year
LAWS202 2021 Law of Contract 30 points Full Year
LAWS203 2021 Property Law 30 points Full Year
LAWS204 2021 Public Law 30 points Full Year
LAWS298 2021 Legal Writing 0 points Full Year
LAWS301 2021 Law of Torts 30 points Full Year
LAWS302 2021 Jurisprudence 30 points Full Year
LAWS311 2021 Family Law 30 points Not offered in 2021
LAWS314 2021 Law of Evidence 30 points Not offered in 2021
LAWS350 2021 Lawyers, Clients, and the Profession 15 points Summer School
LAWS351 2021 Climate Law and Policy 15 points Not offered in 2021
LAWS352 2021 International Tax Law and Policy 15 points Summer School
LAWS353 2021 The Law in the South Pacific 15 points First Semester
LAWS354 2021 Insolvency Law 15 points Second Semester
LAWS380 2021 Preliminary Honours Research Papers 0 points Full Year
LAWS398 2021 Legal Research Skills 0 points Full Year
LAWS401 2021 Children and the Family Justice System 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2023
LAWS402 2021 The Genomic Future and the Law 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2022
LAWS403 2021 Immigration and Refugee Law 15 points Second Semester
LAWS404 2021 Administrative Law 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2022
LAWS405 2021 Civil Liberties and the Private Sector 15 points Second Semester
LAWS406 2021 Civil Procedure 15 points Second Semester
LAWS407 2021 Company Law 15 points First Semester
LAWS408 2021 Comparative Law 15 points Not offered in 2021
LAWS409 2021 Private International Law 15 points First Semester
LAWS410 2021 Criminology 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2024
LAWS411 2021 Family Law 15 points First Semester
LAWS412 2021 International Law 15 points Second Semester
LAWS413 2021 Labour Law 15 points First Semester
LAWS414 2021 Law of Evidence 15 points Second Semester
LAWS415 2021 Resource Management Law 15 points Second Semester
LAWS416 2021 Taxation 15 points First Semester
LAWS417 2021 Criminal Justice 15 points First Semester
LAWS418 2021 Crime and Property 15 points First Semester
LAWS419 2021 Securities Market Regulation 15 points First Semester
LAWS420 2021 Law and the Democratic Process 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2022
LAWS421 2021 International Environmental Law 15 points Second Semester
LAWS422 2021 Bill of Rights - Theory and Practice 15 points First Semester
LAWS423 2021 Information and Data Protection Law 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2024
LAWS424 2021 International Criminal Court 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2023
LAWS425 2021 Energy Law 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2022
LAWS426 2021 Insurance Law 15 points First Semester
LAWS427 2021 Commercial Equity 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2023
LAWS428 2021 Law and Emerging Technologies 15 points Second Semester
LAWS430 2021 Advanced Criminal Law 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2023
LAWS431 2021 Advanced Contract and Tort 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2024
LAWS432 2021 Animals and the Law 15 points Second Semester
LAWS433 2021 Advanced Family Property 15 points Second Semester
LAWS435 2021 Banking Law 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2023
LAWS436 2021 Commercial and Consumer Law 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2022
LAWS437 2021 Competition Law 15 points Second Semester
LAWS438 2021 Civil Liberties and the Public Sector 15 points Not offered in 2021
LAWS440 2021 Environmental Law 15 points First Semester
LAWS441 2021 Advanced Taxation 15 points Second Semester
LAWS442 2021 Law and the Sports Industry 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2022
LAWS443 2021 International Investment Law 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2023
LAWS444 2021 Intellectual Property 15 points Summer School
LAWS447 2021 Law and Medicine 15 points First Semester
LAWS448 2021 Law and Psychiatry 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2022
LAWS449 2021 Criminal Procedure 15 points Summer School
LAWS450 2021 Law of Restitution 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2024
LAWS451 2021 Advanced Legal History 15 points Not offered in 2021
LAWS452 2021 Legal Theory 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2022
LAWS453 2021 Advanced Legislation 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2022
LAWS454 2021 Negotiation 15 points First Semester
LAWS455 2021 Māori Land Law 15 points First Semester
LAWS456 2021 Media Law 15 points Second Semester
LAWS457 2021 Secured Transactions 15 points First Semester
LAWS458 2021 Sentencing 15 points Second Semester
LAWS459 2021 Treaty of Waitangi 15 points First Semester
LAWS460 2021 Vendor and Purchaser 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2022
LAWS461 2021 Laws and Indigenous Peoples 15 points Second Semester
LAWS462 2021 Wills and Trusts 15 points First Semester
LAWS463 2021 Legal Ethics 15 points Second Semester
LAWS464 2021 Advocacy 15 points Second Semester
LAWS465 2021 Law and Society 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2022
LAWS466 2021 Gender and the Law 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2024
LAWS467 2021 International Human Rights Law 15 points First Semester
LAWS468 2021 Advanced Company Law 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2024
LAWS469 2021 Law and Religion 15 points First Semester
LAWS470 2021 Special Topic 1 15 points Not offered in 2021
LAWS471 2021 Special Topic 2 15 points Summer School
LAWS472 2021 Special Topic 3 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2023
LAWS473 2021 Special Topic 4 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2022
LAWS474 2021 Special Topic 5 15 points Not offered in 2021
LAWS475 2021 Special Topic 6 15 points Not offered in 2021
LAWS476 2021 Special Topic 7 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2024
LAWS477 2021 Special Topic 8 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2022
LAWS478 2021 Special Topic 15 points Not offered in 2021
LAWS479 2021 Special Topic 10 15 points Second Semester
LAWS480 2021 Research Paper 15 points First Semester, Second Semester, Summer School
LAWS481 2021 Special Topic 11 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2022
LAWS485 2021 Special Topic 14 15 points Second Semester
LAWS486 2021 Special Topic 15 15 points Summer School
LAWS487 2021 Special Topic 16 15 points Not offered in 2021
LAWS488 2021 Accidents and the Law 15 points Second Semester
LAWS490 2021 Final Honours Research Paper 60 points Full Year
LAWS498 2021 Research and Writing 0 points First Semester, Second Semester, Summer School
LAWS499 2021 Advocacy Skills 0 points Second Semester
LAWS511 2021 Family Law 30 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2022
LAWS515 2021 Resource Management Law 15 points Second Semester
LAWS521 2021 International Environmental Law 15 points Second Semester
LAWS528 2021 Law and Emerging Technologies 15 points Second Semester
LAWS540 2021 Environmental Law 15 points First Semester
LAWS547 2021 Law and Medicine 15 points First Semester
LAWS548 2021 Law and Psychiatry 15 points Not offered, expected to be offered in 2022
LAWS588 2021 Accidents and the Law 15 points Second Semester

Key information for future students

Contact us

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