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.

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Minimum entry requirements

If you have New Zealand qualifications

If you have qualifications from another country

See entry requirements for students from other countries. Select your country from the dropdown menu.

English language requirements

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

English language requirements

Useful 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 Diploma in Business.

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Who can apply for direct entry into Part II

The AUT Law School considers applications for direct entry to Part II of the LLB degree. Applicants will normally have:

  • Successfully completed Part I of the law degree at another New Zealand law school; and
  • Obtained a minimum of a B grade average in their first‑year law courses

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 courses:

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

You may still need to complete the Personal Property course which is a 15-point Part I requirement. In the AUT law degree, this course 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 course, in addition to the other requirements of the LLB, if you have not satisfied that requirement through a similar course at your previous tertiary education institution.

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Part I

You study three compulsory law courses:

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 courses and obtain at least a B grade average in the compulsory law courses, 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 five law courses:

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

Part III

You study four compulsory courses:

You choose the rest of your courses from law electives.

Part IV

You study:

You choose the rest of your courses from law electives.

Skills you will develop in the Bachelor of Laws

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.

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

Becoming a barrister and solicitor

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.

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, you need to:

  • Complete the Professional Legal Studies Course
  • Obtain a certificate of completion from the New Zealand Council of Legal Education (NZCLE); and
  • Obtain a certificate of character from the Law Society; and
  • Be admitted to the roll of barristers and solicitors of the High Court of New Zealand; and
  • Hold a current practising certificate issued by the Law Society.

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.

Law Careers

Broaden your options by studying double degrees

Double degrees double your knowledge and opportunities but don't necessarily 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 courses 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

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Quick facts
Programme code:
4 years full-time / part-time available
City Campus
South Campus
3 Mar 2025

Key semester dates
$8,435 (for 120 points)
($7,289 tuition fees + $1146 student services levy)
$37,046(for 120 points)
($35,900 tuition fees + $1146 student services levy)
  • Fees shown are based on a full-time workload for the points indicated next to the fee. The exact fee charged will depend on which courses you select at the time of enrolment.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year. If you are planning for study beyond the current year, fees may vary from those stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay.
  • International students' tuition fees reflect the full cost of tuition. Domestic students' tuition fees are less due to a proportion of the tuition fees being funded by the New Zealand Government.
  • Fees-free study may be available for domestic students


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