What will I learn?

The Bachelor of Laws with Honours is a chance for you to extend your skills and gain an edge in your career opportunities.

The first part of this degree starts with the Bachelor of Laws (LLB). There are only about 35 places for the Honours programme, so competition for selection into this degree is fierce. Selection is based on the results of your best three 200-level Law courses (LAWS 211–214). Your result for LAWS 297 may be taken into account.

If you're invited in to the Bachelor of Laws with Honours, you will spend the remainder of your study working closely with tutors and lecturers, refining your research, writing and analytical skills in a range of specialist areas.

Degree requirements

For this degree you'll need to:

Complete at least 525 points

Requirements for 100- and 200-level courses are the same as for the LLB

Complete Property Law (LAWS 301) and Equity, Trusts and Succession (LAWS 312)

Complete nine further courses from LAWS 300-399, including:

Ethics and the Law (LAWS 334) if you wish to apply for admission to the Bar

Complete three courses from LAWS at 400 level:

Research Essay (LAWS 489)

Two courses from LAWS 430-450

Complete one course from LAWS 500-529

Useful secondary school subjects

English, History, Art History, Classics, Geography, Economics, Physics, Mathematics, Music and languages.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Law

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$32,029.20 (US$ 20,444) per year
Average full time (120 points): NZ $32,029.2

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 December 2019

More details

Start date

2 March 2020


Pipitea Campus

Lambton Quay,



6011, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

English Language Requirements: IELTS overall band of 6.0 with no sub-score below 5.5; or TOEFL 80 on the internet-based test; or Pearson Test of English: A score of 58 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 50).

For international students

Achieve the International Baccalaureate Diploma, or three GCE Advanced Level passes at C grade, or equivalent.

Proof of English proficiency

To be accepted into this programme you will need one of the following:

IELTS: minimum overall score of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0

TOEFL: minimum score of 90 for the internet-based test with a minimum of 20 in writing

Pearson Test of English: minimum score of 58 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 50)

EPP: minimum final scores of 4,4,5,5

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About this uni

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