Certificate in Legal Studies

button for easy access to information about this qualificationInterested in law and the legal system? Gain an understanding of New Zealand legal framework in a year. The Certificate in Legal Studies offers an introduction to law in New Zealand and includes papers from the Bachelor of Laws. This certificate is ideal for students who aren’t quite ready to commit to a full law degree or who have an overseas law degree and need to complete CLE’s requirements to practise law in New Zealand. The Certificate in Legal Studies prepares you for further study in the Bachelor of Laws.


Quick facts

Programme code: AK2601
Level: 5
Points: 60
Duration: Part-time or full-time, duration can vary
Venue: City and South
Start dates: 26 February 2018

Admission and entry requirements

University Entrance (NCEA, CIE or IB) or equivalent


Preferred school subjects
Subjects that develop a very good standard of reading, oral and written English

Applicants for whom English is a second or additional language must have an IELTS (Academic) score of 6 overall with all bands 5.5 or higher

What this qualification covers

To graduate with a Certificate in Legal Studies you must successfully complete 60 points from the Bachelor of Laws.

If you have not studied law before you would complete the following papers for the Certificate:

LAWS501 Legal System (15 points - semester 1)
LAWS504 Personal Property (15 points – semester 2)
LAWS509 Legal Reasoning and Writing (30 points - full year paper)


If you have previously studied Law and need to complete papers as required by the Council of Legal Education then you may complete Level 6 and Level 7 papers from the Bachelor of Laws.

The outcomes for graduates of this programme are outlined in the Graduate Profile.

Career opportunities

•    Further study at undergraduate level

Last updated: 12-Dec-2017 11.59am

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.