Studying law in New Zealand enables students to take advantage of the country’s highly developed and well-funded law schools, in addition to learning in the environment of a prominent early practitioner of common law. One third of the world’s population live within a common law jurisdiction, including the UK, India, the US and South Africa, so you would be gaining a qualification relevant in all four corners of the globe.
Admission to a law degree in New Zealand is much easier than within the UK or US, and international students may apply to either Part 1 or Part 2 of the bachelor of laws (LLB) program. Part 1 involves a first year introductory paper which must be passed to gain entry to Part 2. This enables both you and your tutors to see if you are suitable to study law long term.
Any prior qualifications you have within relevant law-based tertiary education may allow you to bypass Part 1. Full LLB qualifications typically take four years of full time study to complete, but many New Zealand law students choose to augment their LLB with additional, more specific bachelor’s degrees.
Students who wish to study law-based qualifications but who are not interested in becoming legal professionals may wish to take up a vocational certificate or an alternate diploma to the LLB.
These do not provide the professional qualifications required to work as a lawyer or solicitor, but you can use these certificates to gain employment within specific sectors such as immigration, legal administration, law enforcement or conveyancing.
Law students whose first language is not English must demonstrate their proficiency before being given a non-conditional offer onto a New Zealand law course. The best way to prove this is via the IELTS test, however a course will be unlikely to accept you should your score on the test be lower than 6.0.
Six New Zealand institutions offer bachelor of law courses; The University of Auckland, Auckland University of Technology, the University of Otago, the University of Canterbury, the University of Waikato, and Victoria University of Wellington. IEC Abroad has links with many of these universities and can offer tailored advice on how to gain entry to their undergraduate and postgraduate law programs.
If you require more information on how to study law in New Zealand, contact IEC Abroad today.