Further your legal research and writing skills, and make your CV stand out when you apply for highly competitive law jobs or clerkships.
The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) is aimed at high-achieving students in the Bachelor of Laws who want to advance their skills.
The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) involves completing a research course and a dissertation, and may involve adding an extra semester at the end of your Bachelor of Laws. Most Bachelor of Laws (Honours) students complete the research course in Part III, and complete the dissertation in Part IV. Some students complete the dissertation course in February of the year following Part IV.
Completed Bachelor of Laws Parts I and II to the academic standard for honours.
Students will be invited to join the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) programme if they have at least a B+ grade average in their Part II Bachelor of Laws courses.
Completion of the Bachelor of Laws to the required academic standard.
Completion of the Bachelor of Laws and the following Bachelor of Laws (Honours) courses:
The outcomes for graduates of the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) are outlined in the Graduate Profile below.
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.
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:
Graduates of AUT’s Bachelor of Laws (Honours) are eligible to gain admission as barristers and solicitors of the High Court of New Zealand on completion of their Professional Legal Studies course.
If you want to become a barrister and solicitor, you need to be admitted to the bar before you can call yourself a lawyer and practise law in New Zealand.
After successfully completing your Bachelor of Laws (Honours), you need to:
There are currently two providers of the Professional Legal Studies Course:
Find out more about industry trends, job descriptions and what employers may be looking for.
Bachelor of Laws students will be invited to join the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) programme if they have at least a B+ grade average in their Part II Bachelor of Laws courses.
Bachelor of Laws
The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.