Certificate in Legal Studies

Interested in law and the legal system? Gain an understanding of New Zealand’s legal framework in less than a year.

The Certificate in Legal Studies offers an introduction to law in New Zealand and includes papers from the Bachelor of Laws. It's 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.

Start date: 2019

Minimum entry requirements

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) 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.

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

If you haven't studied law before

You complete the following papers:

If you've previously studied law

If you need to complete papers required by the Council of Legal Education, you may complete Level 6 and Level 7 papers from the Bachelor of Laws.

Bachelor of Laws

Skills you will develop

The outcomes for graduates of the Certificate in Legal Studies are outlined in the Graduate Profile below.

Graduate Profile

The Certificate in Legal Studies prepares you for further study at undergraduate level.

Bachelor of Laws

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

25 Feb 2019

  • This represents the tuition fee based on a full-time workload of 60 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

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