Bachelor of Laws

AUT's law degree opens the door to a wide range of rewarding careers. AUT law graduates have established successful careers in a range of law firms, immigration consultancies and commercial establishments.

Our interactive lectures and regular case-study workshops develop your ability to interpret, critically analyse, reason and deliver practical solutions to legal problems. You become an articulate communicator, and confident in your understanding of legal principles and their relevance to business and community. You also develop your critical thinking and problem-solving skills, your ability to act ethically, and your sense of community and professional responsibility.

Start date: 2019

Minimum entry requirements

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) of 6.0 overall with all bands 5.5 or higher; or equivalent

Preferred New Zealand school subjects

  • Subjects that develop a very good standard of reading, oral and written English

Don’t meet the entry requirements?

Consider starting with our Certificate in Business.

Certificate in Business

Who can apply for direct entry into Part II

The AUT Law School welcomes applications for direct entry into Part II of AUT's law degree from students who have:

  • Obtained at least a B grade average in their first‑year law papers at another New Zealand law school, and
  • Passed at least 120 points including the first-year law papers

Cross-credits you may receive

If you’re offered direct entry to Part II from another New Zealand law school, you normally receive cross-credits for the following AUT papers:

  • Legal System – 15 points
  • Legal Reasoning and Writing – 30 points
  • Plus 60 points of non-law papers in the first year of the AUT law degree

You may still need to complete the Personal Property paper which is a 15-point Part I requirement. In the AUT law degree, this paper constitutes part of the property law requirement for the New Zealand Council of Legal Education. If you’re a direct entry student, you need to complete this paper, in addition to the other requirements of the LLB, if you have not satisfied that requirement through a similar paper at your previous tertiary education institution.

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Part I

You study three compulsory law papers:

This makes up half of your first-year study (60 points). The other 60 points must be taken from another AUT degree, which gives you the opportunity to broaden your study and enables you to enrol in one of the double degrees.

If you complete your Part I papers and obtain at least a B grade average in the compulsory law papers, then you will be offered a place in Part II of the programme. Other students may also be eligible for Part II study.

Part II

You study six law papers:

Students who have obtained a ‘B’ average in their first year law papers at another New Zealand university can apply for direct entry into Part II of the programme.

Part III

You study four compulsory papers:

You choose the rest of your papers from law electives.

Part IV

You study:

You choose the rest of your papers from law electives.

Elective papers

Electives currently on offer include:

Skills you will develop

The outcomes for graduates of the Bachelor of Laws are outlined in the Graduate Profile below.

Graduate Profile

AUT law graduates have established successful careers in a range of law firms, immigration consultancies and commercial establishments including Kensington Swan, Bell Gully, Buddle Findlay, Chapman Tripp, Meredith Connell, Langdon and Co Lawyers, Enterprise Law, Simpson Dowsett Mackie, Davies Law, Te Nahu Lovell & Co, Simpson Grierson, Kayes Fletcher Walker, Russell McVeagh and Wynyard Wood.

Graduates of AUT’s Bachelor of Laws are eligible to gain admission as barristers and solicitors of the High Court of New Zealand on completion of their Professional Legal Studies course. As a lawyer you might practise in a wide range of legal areas including corporate law, commercial and intellectual property, family law, environmental law, criminal law, taxation and general practice.

Law graduates also move into roles as:

  • In-house lawyers in large New Zealand and multinational businesses and organisations
  • Patent attorneys
  • Policy advisors to central and local government
  • Senior management roles in business
  • Taxation practitioners in accountancy practices

Find out more about industry trends, job descriptions and what employers may be looking for.

Law Careers

Broaden your options by studying double degrees

Double degrees double your knowledge and opportunities but don't take double the time to complete. If you study double degrees, you apply for and enrol separately in each of the two degrees. If you’re considering doing this, please seek course advice to discuss your plans. You may be able to cross-credit relevant papers from one degree to the other, although the number of cross-credits will vary depending on the degree combinations. Double degrees may be completed either one after the other or concurrently.

Study the Bachelor of Laws and:

Other double degree combinations may also be available. Contact your faculty to discuss your options.

Postgraduate study

Certificate and diploma study options

Quick facts
Programme code:
4 years full-time / part-time available
City Campus / South Campus

25 Feb 2019

$6,450 - $6,730
  • This represents the tuition fee based on a full-time workload of 120 points in 2018. Exact tuition fees will depend on papers selected and may exceed this range. As fees are subject to change, 2019 tuition fees may vary from the figure stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay. Learn more about fees to study at AUT

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