2018 Introduction to Law - Bachelor of Criminal Justice / Bachelor of Laws - UNIVERSITY OF CANTERBURY

 
2018 Introduction to Law - Bachelor of Criminal Justice / Bachelor of Laws - UNIVERSITY OF CANTERBURY
2018
Introduction to Law

                 Law.

Bachelor of Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Laws
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                                            INTERNS
                                            HERE AND
                                             ABROAD
                                               Our Law students completed
                                              80 internships in New Zealand
                                                   and overseas in 2016.

Contents
Why study at UC?                           Plan your degree                   Subject guide
1   Welcome from the Dean                  8 Bachelor of Criminal Justice     14 Criminal Justice
2   Get ahead in the corporate world       9 Bachelor of Laws                 15 Law
4   Real cases, real law, real world       10 Complementary and
6   At the forefront of criminal justice      double degrees
                                           11 Certificates                    More information
                                           12 Graduate and postgraduate
                                              options                         13     Research that impacts on society
                                           16 Specialisations and career      18     Employable and work ready
                                              opportunities                   20     Frequently asked questions
                                                                              21     Other UC publications

                                                                              Cover models: Tali Taulago (Bachelor of Laws) and
                                                                              John Whitcombe (Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts in
                                                                              History with a minor in French) practise their legal skills in a
                                                                              mock trial in the School of Law moot court.
2018 Introduction to Law - Bachelor of Criminal Justice / Bachelor of Laws - UNIVERSITY OF CANTERBURY
Welcome to the School of Law
Nau mai, haere mai          The University of Canterbury (UC)      The School is also home to
ki Te Rāngai Umanga me      School of Law has over 130 years of    New Zealand’s only Bachelor
                            experience in leading legal research   of Criminal Justice degree. This
te Ture.                    and teaching. Internationally          is proving a popular choice for
                            recognised with world-ranked           students who are interested in
E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e    academics, the School has built on     taking a 360-degree look at the
ngā karangatanga maha,      this tradition and its mission is to   criminal justice system and its
Nei rā te whakamiha a te    produce a new generation of highly     processes. Our close links with
kura on ngā akoranga ture   employable, community-focused          employers in the field provide
ki a koutou.                professionals who will                 learning opportunities outside
Tēnā koutou katoa.          make a difference to the world.        the classroom too.
                            UC Law offers a ground-breaking        Please do not hesitate to get in
                            programme of clinical legal            touch with a Student Advisor
                            education as part of the Bachelor      or our Liaison team if you have
                            of Laws. Students engage with civil    any questions at all about
                            society, the legal profession, and     undergraduate study at UC.
                            the wider business community
                            through internships and a student-
                            run community advice service.

                                                                   Professor Ursula Cheer
                                                                   Dean, School of Law

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Get ahead in the
corporate world
Photo: UC Law graduate Matt Davidson is a solicitor at
Canterbury-based firm Tavendale and Partners which
specialises in commercial law and agri-business.

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UC’s School of Law is a leader in
producing students who go on to
productive careers in the competitive
world of corporate law.

Prepare for a corporate law career
About half our graduates choose to work in
law firms, many specialising in corporate or
commercial law in New Zealand or overseas.
We offer a wide range of commercial law
options as well as courses that focus on
developing real-world skills such as client
interviewing, advocacy and negotiation.

Close connection with business
The School of Law is part of the College of
Business and Law, so our lecturers and tutors
are closely connected to the business world.
Many UC students choose to study law and
commerce as a double degree, and graduates
are sought after in careers such as insurance,
accountancy, banking, finance and business.

Get close to corporate law firms
Matt Davidson completed a Bachelor of
Laws and a Bachelor of Arts with a major
in History in 2014. He is now working as
a solicitor at Canterbury-based law firm
Tavendale and Partners, which specialises in
commercial law and agri-business.
Matt found studying Law at UC gave him a
sound theoretical and practical introduction
to practising commercial law. After studying
a corporate law course, he says, “I worked
in my holidays during my last year at uni
— this gave me a taste of corporate law and
confirmed that it was an area of law I wanted
to specialise in.”

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Real cases, real law,
real world
Photo: Forest Taane Morton (Bachelor of Arts in Political
Science with a minor in Psychology, and a Bachelor of
Laws) undertook an internship at the Police Prosecution
Service over summer: “I have a strong desire to see
positive change in New Zealand’s justice system.”

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Law is a career choice where you
could be helping people on a daily
basis. You will gain a high level of
professional knowledge at UC coupled
with work-ready skills from applying
that knowledge.

Real cases: internships
With one of the largest Law internship
courses of any New Zealand law school, this
UC course and the clinical and community
work experience available can really give
your CV the edge over other graduates.
Previous internships have included work
with the town and city councils, law firms,
government agencies such as the Department
of Conservation and Child, Youth and Family
national office. UC Law students can also
apply for internships overseas, such as in
Washington DC.

Real law: clinics
The School has a partnership with
Community Law Canterbury (CLC) and
UC students play a big part in delivering free
legal advice, information and representation
to over 18,000 people a year. Students have
the opportunity to contribute to law reform
and can choose clinics in their areas
of interest.

Real world: community engagement
In addition to gaining a degree of outstanding
quality, UC Law students are involved in
dealing with real people with real problems,
helping the community and gaining critical
practical skills in the process. UC encourages
all Law students to complete volunteer work
in the community before graduating, whether
through internships, assisting the CLC
or other ways of applying knowledge learned
in lectures.

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Photo: In 2015 Annabel Frost graduated as UC’s first
recipient of the Bachelor of Criminal Justice. While
studying at UC, Annabel undertook an internship in
Thailand. “It was an amazing experience and one of
the highlights of my time at UC.”

At the forefront of
criminal justice

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UC offers the only Bachelor
of Criminal Justice degree in
New Zealand and this vocational
qualification is the perfect entry
to a rewarding career in a growing
international field.

So, what is Criminal Justice?
Criminology primarily focuses on the
theory and sociology of crime and is often
less concerned with practical issues.
The Bachelor of Criminal Justice (BCJ),
however, builds on academic theories
and research of crime and its causes,
before going on to assess the criminal
justice process itself; the law, policies and
institutions which make up this system.

Why study this subject at UC?
UC is the only New Zealand university
that offers a degree in Criminal Justice.
Therefore, obtaining a BCJ qualification
presents graduates with unique job
opportunities in the crime and justice
sectors and in an area of growing
international popularity.
The innovative degree programme draws
on UC’s highly regarded expertise in
Sociology, Criminal Law, Human Services
and Psychology.

Vocational career openings
UC enjoys close links with employers.
BCJ graduates will be well-suited for
careers in all aspects of criminal justice,
including roles in the New Zealand Police,
Ministry of Justice and Department of
Corrections. Their skills and knowledge
will also be valuable for careers in areas
such as probation and parole, in policy,
forensics, public and private investigation,
and security.

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Bachelor of Criminal Justice                                                                                                                                                      BCJ

The Bachelor of Criminal Justice is                             Bachelor of Criminal Justice – typical degree structure
unique in New Zealand, the first                                Year 1
degree of its kind that combines                                     CRJU
                                                                      101
                                                                                     HSRV
                                                                                      103
                                                                                                      HSRV
                                                                                                       104
                                                                                                                       PSYC
                                                                                                                        105
                                                                                                                                        PSYC
                                                                                                                                        106
                                                                                                                                                    MAOR 165
                                                                                                                                                     or 108
                                                                                                                                                                               LAWS
                                                                                                                                                                                 101
multidisciplinary academic study
                                                                Year 2
with a strong vocational focus.
                                                                     CRJU1        CRJU 201 or        MAOR              HSRV             SOCI           PHIL             200             200
Criminal Justice studies take a 360-degree look                      202           SOCI 218            219              210             293             139            Level           Level2
at the whole criminal justice system and its                    Year 3
processes, including governance, enforcement,
rehabilitation and improvement. The degree                        CRJU 301 or      CRJU 302 or SOCI 358                300              300            300             200              200
                                                                   LAWS 366                                            Level            Level          Level           Level            Level
draws together UC’s expertise in criminology,
sociology, developmental and abnormal                                 Compulsory core courses             BCJ (Schedule B) elective courses
psychology, policing, criminal law
and procedure, and human services.                               1 You must pass either LAWS 202 (30 points) or CRJU 202 (15 points).
                                                                 2 If LAWS 202 passed, then 45 points from BCJ Schedule B at 200-level. If CRJU 202 passed, then 60 points from BCJ Schedule B
UC enjoys close links with employers in                          at 200-level.
the crime and justice fields.                                    For the BCJ course schedule visit www.canterbury.ac.nz/regulations/award/bcj_regs.shtml
                                                                 Each small block represents a 15-point course. Large blocks represent 30-point courses.

Recommended preparation
The BCJ does not require a background in any
                                                                In the second year students must take either                            Career opportunities
                                                                75 or 90 compulsory 200-level points,
specific subject at school and is open to all                                                                                           Graduates of UC's Bachelor of Criminal Justice
                                                                depending on whether students take CRJU 202
students with entry to the University.                                                                                                  degree will have an edge over others in
                                                                Criminal Law and Procedure (15 points) or
                                                                                                                                        the crime and justice job markets in an
                                                                LAWS 202 Criminal Law (30 points). The
Degree structure                                                remaining 200-level points, to reach a total of
                                                                                                                                        area of national need and growing
                                                                                                                                        international specialisation.
The Bachelor of Criminal Justice requires                       120 or 135* points for the second year, will be
                                                                selected from a list of prescribed electives.                           The BCJ will prepare you for a career in all
360 points. These are made up of:
                                                                The remaining 100-level points may be included.                         aspects of criminal justice, in particular roles
• a series of 15 compulsory courses (comprising                                                                                         within the New Zealand Police, Ministry of
  either 255 or 270* points)                                    At third year there are 45 compulsory points,
                                                                                                                                        Justice and Department of Corrections. The
                                                                with a choice of 45 points at 300-level from the
• the remainder of the points taken from a list                                                                                         degree is also relevant to work in many other
                                                                list of prescribed electives, to reach a total of
  of prescribed electives.                                                                                                              government departments including prisons,
                                                                90 points. The remaining 30 points at 200-level
In the first year students will take 120 points,                                                                                        probation and parole; criminal justice policy;
                                                                are from the list of prescribed electives.
as indicated in the diagram (the remaining                                                                                              forensics; public and private investigation and
                                                                For the full degree requirements see the                                security; and social work.
15 points of 100-level courses would usually be
                                                                Regulations for the BCJ at
taken in the second year). All 100-level courses                                                                                        For further career information, please go to
                                                                www.canterbury.ac.nz/regulations
are compulsory. The multidisciplinary courses                                                                                           www.canterbury.ac.nz/careers
include studies of History, Human Services,
                                                                Double degrees
Criminal Justice, Philosophy, Psychology,                                                                                               More information
Law, Sociology, Linguistics, and Māori and                      It is possible to combine a BCJ degree with a
Indigenous Studies.                                                                                                                     School of Law
                                                                second degree, such as Arts, Law or Science.
                                                                                                                                        T: +64 3 369 3598
                                                                Normally you can complete a double degree
                                                                                                                                        E: law-enquiries@canterbury.ac.nz
                                                                (BCJ plus three-year degree) in five years
                                                                                                                                        www.laws.canterbury.ac.nz
                                                                and an LLB plus three-year degree in
                                                                five and a half years, but some combinations
                                                                may take longer. If you want to enrol for a
                                                                double degree you should consult the Liaison
* The difference of 15 points relates to whether you enrol in
LAWS 202 or CRJU 202. BCJ/LLB double degree students take
                                                                Office or the student advisory staff in the
LAWS 202.                                                       School of Law and the other College.

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Bachelor of Laws                                                                                                                                                               LLB

UC School of Law’s mission                                    Bachelor of Laws – typical degree structure
statement is ‘the internationally                             Year 1
recognised, professionally                                                LAWS                     LAWS             100 1            100                100          100             100
                                                                           101                      110            Level            Level               Level        Level           Level
relevant, community focused
Law School’.                                                  Year 2
                                                                          200                              200                               200                             200
Students gain a professional degree of                                    Level                            Level                            Level                            Level
outstanding quality in four years. In addition,
                                                              Year 3
Bachelor of Laws (LLB) students deal with
real people with real problems as part of the                             200                      LAWS             300             300                 300          300             300
innovative clinical studies programme at UC.
                                                                          Level                     301            Level            Level               Level        Level           Level
By helping the community, our students hone                   Year 4
critical practical skills in the process.                         300              300             300              300             300                 300          300             300
                                                                  Level           Level            Level           Level            Level               Level        Level           Level
Recommended preparation
                                                                   Compulsory Law courses              Optional Law courses            Non-Law courses
The study of Law does not require a background
in any specific subject at school and entry to the            1 May include CRJU 101.

first year of the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) is open to           Each small block represents a 15-point course. Large blocks represent 30 point courses.
all students with University Entrance.
You will need to have good reading, writing and               In their third and fourth years, students will                        Further study
analytical skills. Subjects such as English, drama,           take LAWS 301 Equity and Trusts and any other
                                                              remaining compulsory courses, plus the                                If you want to differentiate your qualification
economics, te reo Māori, languages, history and                                                                                     but do not want to complete a double degree,
classical studies are useful preparation.                     13 optional Law courses. LAWS 398 Legal Ethics
                                                              is required if you later wish to be admitted as a                     you could consider postgraduate study.
                                                              Barrister and Solicitor.                                              Postgraduate options include:
Degree structure                                                                                                                    • Master of Laws
The LLB is made up of the following:                          Double degrees                                                        • Master of Laws (International Law and Politics)
• eight compulsory Law courses                                Many Law students also study towards a second                         • Doctor of Philosophy.
• 13 optional Law courses                                     degree, with the BA, BCom and BSc the most
• 75 points of non-Law courses                                popular. The Bachelor of Criminal Justice (BCJ)                       Career opportunities
  (five 100-level courses).                                   degree is also a good fit as a double degree with
                                                                                                                                    With one of the largest Law internship courses
                                                              the LLB.
In the first year students must take:                                                                                               of any New Zealand law school, this UC course
                                                              If you are considering a double degree you                            and the clinical and community work experience
• LAWS 101 Legal System: Legal Method and
                                                              should get advice from the School of Law or                           available can really give your résumé the edge
  Institutions (30 points)
                                                              the Liaison Office. See below for contact details                     over other graduates.
• LAWS 110 Legal Foundations, Research and                    and page 10 for more information about
  Writing (15 points)                                                                                                               Graduates can become a practice solicitor,
                                                              double degrees.
                                                                                                                                    in-house lawyer or a self-employed barrister.
• and up to 75 points from other                              For the full degree requirements see                                  Recent UC graduates have also found roles as
  degree courses.*                                            the Regulations for the LLB at                                        research counsel, judge’s clerk, policy analyst
                                                              www.canterbury.ac.nz/regulations                                      and Māori development advisor.
Limited entry into second year
                                                                                                                                    Legal skills of research, writing, analysis and
With good grades in LAWS 101 and LAWS 110                     Bachelor of Laws Honours                                              reasoning are highly prized in many professions
(normally at least a B) students can advance                                                                                        such as politics, policy, public service, foreign
                                                              Students who achieve a satisfactory standard in
into 200-level Law courses, all of which are                                                                                        affairs, journalism, publishing, immigration
                                                              their first two years of study may be invited to
subject to limited entry. In their second year,                                                                                     and business.
                                                              enter the honours programme. If you meet the
students who have completed the 75 points at
                                                              criteria you can enrol in three additional                            For further career information, please go to
100-level will take four of the five compulsory
                                                              Law courses:                                                          www.canterbury.ac.nz/careers
200-level courses (Public Law, Criminal Law,
Law of Contract, Law of Torts and Land Law).                  • LAWS 410 Advanced Research Skills
Those who have not completed the 75 points at                 • LAWS 420 Honours Research Paper                                     More information
100-level will take the remainder of those, plus              • LAWS 430 Honours Dissertation.                                      School of Law
fewer 200-level courses.                                                                                                            T: +64 3 369 3598
* Please note ACIS 152, ACCT 152, ACIS 252 and ACCT 252 are                                                                         E: law-enquiries@canterbury.ac.nz
not approved courses.                                                                                                               www.laws.canterbury.ac.nz

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Complementary and double degrees

                                                                                                        ‘I wanted to take on both
                                                                                                         [Law and Sport Coaching
                                                                                                         degrees] because to me
                                                                                                         I see the Law degree as
                                                                                                         something that will open
                                                                                                         up a lot of doors, and
                                                                                                         coaching is something that
                                                                                                         I thoroughly enjoy doing.
                                                                                                         So if I can combine the
                                                                                                         two in a career then
                                                                                                         it should make for an
                                                                                                         enjoyable outcome.’
                                                                                                         Matthew McClurg
                                                                                                         Studying towards a Bachelor of Laws
                                                                                                         and a Bachelor of Sport Coaching with
                                                                                                         an endorsement in Leadership

Studying Law requires you to                       • Bachelor of Commerce subjects — From             Students enrolling in an LLB/BA, LLB/BCom,
                                                     financial markets to the latest management       LLB/BCJ or LLB/BSc must include LAWS 101 and
study other non-Law courses                          practices and the rapidly expanding world of     LAWS 110 in their first year. If they are seeking to
to complete your degree. And if                      online commerce, studying Business at UC         complete in the minimum time, they must also
you credit these courses towards                     gives you the knowledge and skills to succeed    complete the 75-point, non-Law component of
another degree, then you may                         in a global business environment. For more       the LLB in the first year.
                                                     information, see the 2018 Introduction to
complete some combinations in                        Business booklet.                                Other double degree combinations
five years.                                        • Bachelor of Product Design — Product             The BSpC degree is flexible and students may
As well as allowing you to explore other             Design combines creative design, science,        wish to combine it with the study of a BA,
subjects, studying non-Law courses can form          engineering and business studies. For more       BCom, BSc or even an LLB or BCJ.
the basis of a double degree, or provide the         information, see the 2018 Introduction to        If you are interested in studying two degrees at
foundation for another degree should you             Engineering booklet.                             the same time or consecutively you should seek
not continue with Law. Within the BCJ degree,                                                         advice from each relevant College or School.
students can study courses from Human              Double degrees
Services, Māori and Indigenous Studies,            You may enrol in two degrees at the same time      More information
Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology.              and cross-credit (share) courses in common         School of Law
                                                   up to a maximum of 120 points. Certain             T: +64 3 369 3598
Complementary subjects                             combinations of degrees do allow additional        E: law-enquiries@canterbury.ac.nz
There are a number of relevant and related         cross-credits or exemptions.                       www.laws.canterbury.ac.nz
subjects that could sit alongside your LLB or
BCJ degree to help you stand out and start a       LLB/BA, LLB/BCom, LLB/BCJ, LLB/BSc
successful career.                                 A typical LLB/BA, LLB/BCom, LLB/BCJ or
These include:                                     LLB/BSc double degree may be completed in
                                                   five to five and a half years, although this may
• Bachelor of Arts subjects — With over            involve increased course loads in some years.
  25 major subjects to choose from and             Students need to plan their courses carefully to
  spanning the humanities, social sciences,        avoid overload.
  languages and creative arts, UC Arts courses
  allow you to follow your passion and gain
  valuable skills. For more information, see the
  2018 Introduction to Arts booklet.

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Certificates

Certificate in Criminal Justice                                   Certificate in University                           CUP courses
For those wanting a career change into the                        Preparation                                         The certificate comprises four courses:
criminal justice fields, who are only available to                                                                    BRDG 006 and three optional courses.
                                                                  The Certificate in University Preparation (CUP)
study part-time, or not wanting to study the full                 is a one-semester programme designed for             Course         Course title
Criminal Justice degree, this certificate is the                  students who do not meet the requirements            code
best option for you. The Certificate in Criminal                  for University Entrance or who have been out of      BRDG 006       Academic Communication and
Justice (CertCJ) is also a professionally relevant                study for a substantial period.                                     Study Skills*
qualification for those already employed within                                                                        BRDG 011       Individuals in Society
                                                                  Students who successfully complete the
the sector who wish to enhance their current                                                                           BRDG 014       Teacher Education and
                                                                  programme will be eligible to apply for entry to                    Educational Studies
skills and knowledge.
                                                                  100-level degree courses at UC.                      BRDG 016       Mathematics Part One
                                                                  CUP intakes are in February, June and November.      BRDG 017       Mathematics Part Two
 Certificate in Criminal Justice –
 possible structure                                               CUP welcomes students who:                           BRDG 018       Statistics: Data and Probability
                                                                                                                       BRDG 019       Statistics: Probability Distributions
 Year 1                         Level                             • have recently finished Year 13 programmes but                     and Inference
     CRJU             100              100            100           missed University Entrance                         BRDG 023       Chemistry
      101            Level            Level           Level
                                                                  • are under 20 and left school without               BRDG 024       Physics
      Core course
                         Optional courses from the Bachelor         University Entrance                                BRDG 025       Biology
                         of Criminal Justice degree schedule A,
                         except for LAWS 101
                                                                  • have been out of study for a number of years       BRDG 028       Accounting
 Each block represents a 15-point course.
                                                                    and want to refresh their study skills and         BRDG 029       Economics
                                                                    obtain further background knowledge before         BRDG 031       Invitation to Law (summer only)
                                                                    beginning a degree programme                       BRDG 034       Special Topic: Making the World a
The certificate comprises four courses
                                                                                                                                      Better Place: Ideals and Realities
(a minimum of 60 points) at 100-level, and                        • are New Zealand or Australian Citizens or
                                                                                                                       BRDG 035       Special Topic: Pacific Migration,
can be completed in in a minimum of one                             Permanent Residents who are proficient                            European Expansion and the
semester full-time or up to a maximum of                            in English.                                                       Treaty of Waitangi
four years part-time. Credit can be transferred to                If you are under 18 you must meet the literacy      * Compulsory.
the Bachelor of Criminal Justice, provided                        and numeracy requirements for University
you have not graduated with the certificate.                      Entrance and provide evidence of support            More information
To study the certificate you must meet the entry                  from your school. For more information
                                                                                                                      UC Liaison
requirements of the University.                                   about eligibility go to
                                                                                                                      T: 0800 VARSITY (827 748)
For more information on courses available for                     www.canterbury.ac.nz/transitions/cup
                                                                                                                      E: liaison@canterbury.ac.nz
the Certificate in Criminal Justice go to                                                                             www.canterbury.ac.nz/transitions/cup
www.canterbury.ac.nz/courses                                      Programme structure and duration
                                                                  The CUP programme helps students to develop
More information                                                  the skills necessary for successful university
                                                                  study, including study and time management
School of Law                                                     skills; oral and written communication skills;
T: +64 3 369 3598                                                 analytical, critical and problem-solving skills;
E: law-enquiries@canterbury.ac.nz                                 and interpersonal, group and teamwork skills.
www.laws.canterbury.ac.nz
                                                                  The CUP programme is delivered in partnership
                                                                  with Hagley College. The core course BRDG 006
                                                                  Academic Communication and Study Skills is
                                                                  delivered by Hagley College on their campus in
                                                                  the February and June intakes.
                                                                  While it is desirable to complete the CUP
                                                                  full-time in one semester, it is possible to
                                                                  study part-time. Students who want to enrol
                                                                  in one or more CUP courses are able to do
                                                                  this by enrolling in a Certificate of Proficiency
                                                                  Preparatory (COP PREP).

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Graduate and postgraduate options

Study specialist areas and/or
broaden your research
The School has a particularly strong reputation
in the fields of International Law and Governance
and, in conjunction with the Department of
Political Science and International Relations,
offers a unique integrated master’s programme
in International Law and Politics. Students also
have the opportunity to further their studies in
areas of specific expertise offered by the School.
Alongside the specialist taught programme, the
School also offers a variety of research-focused
degrees. The general Master of Laws (LLM) offers
students the chance to undertake short research
papers in three subject areas or a single thesis
option. There is also a PhD programme.

Additional benefits at UC
• The School of Law has a comprehensive
  clinical legal programme, led by the
  Director of Clinical Legal Studies.
• Postgraduate students are welcomed as an
  integral part of the Law School and enjoy           Research                                               Career opportunities
  the collegial atmosphere between students           The School of Law has two research clusters —          Postgraduate study allows you to develop
  and staff. The Law Students’ Society has over       the Centre for Commercial and Corporate Law            in-depth expertise in particular fields of legal
  800 members and is very active, organising          and the International and Comparative Law              specialisation, broaden your knowledge in a
  many social events throughout the year.             Group — both of which welcome postgraduate             range of legal subjects, and combine law study
• The Māori Law Students’ Association,                involvement.                                           with related disciplines.
  Te Pūtairiki, provides a supportive                 The School has strong international links and          Postgraduate study can lead to careers in the
  environment for Māori Law students.                 students are encouraged and supported in               legal profession, the public sector and
                                                      developing their international research profile.       non-governmental organisations among
                                                                                                             many other career paths. Our alumni include
                                                                                                             leading academics and policy makers in
                                                                                                             New Zealand and abroad.

 Qualification          Description                                            Requires                   Start date                 Duration
 Graduate Diploma       The GradDipCJ allows you to further your study         A bachelor's degree        February                   1 year
 in Criminal Justice    with a vocationally oriented qualification in          or entry to a                                         full-time;
 GradDipCJ              Criminal Justice.                                      bachelor's degree.                                    2 years
                                                                                                                                     part-time
 Master of Laws LLM     The LLM degree is flexible and offers a wide choice    LLB (or equivalent) with   February or July; or       1–2 years
                        of topics for specialised research. Students will      good grades.               anytime start for          full-time;
                        develop in-depth expertise through the conduct                                    thesis-only                2–4 years
                        of research under the supervision of staff.                                                                  part-time
                        It may be taken by thesis, or a combination of
                        research papers.
 Master of Laws         Designed for students who wish to develop              LLB (or equivalent) with   February or July           1–2 years
 (International         specialist knowledge in international law and          good grades.                                          full-time;
 Law and Politics)      politics. Students take courses in international                                                             2–4 years
 LLM(IntLaw&Pols)       law and international politics, plus a dissertation.                                                         part-time
                        The degree prepares students for careers in the
                        diplomatic service, specialised legal practice,
                        government, international organisations,
                        non-governmental organisations and the military.

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Research that impacts on society

    Photo: Dr Christian Riffel, Senior Lecturer.
    Dr Riffel is an expert in international law, EU
    law, and international trade. He teaches some
    undergraduate courses: “My teaching is driven
    by what skills a law student needs in order to
    succeed in the profession.”

Law, as an applied discipline,                         Impacting our legal future:                        “If we don’t start thinking about these issues
means research that influences                         responding to natural disasters                    now, then we are going to be in real trouble
                                                                                                          in the future,” Dr Wilson says. This project is
policy and the profession can                          The 2010 and 2011 Christchurch earthquakes         supported by a grant from the New Zealand
make a big impact on society.                          changed the face of our city. Professors Jeremy    Law Foundation.
                                                       Finn and Elizabeth Toomey are leading a project
                                                       investigating the legal issues that arise from
At the forefront nationally                            natural disasters. This project explored issues
                                                                                                          Impacting our legal future:
Within the School of Law our teaching is               arising from the Christchurch earthquakes          improving legal education
research-led and helps equip students with the         as well as the 2011 earthquake in Japan and        The Socio-Legal Research Group at the School
knowledge to make a difference. Our lecturers          flooding disasters in the US and Canada.           of Law is exploring new methods of good
are leading researchers in New Zealand and             The aim of the project was to mitigate risks and   practice for teaching legal skills. The Group
respected internationally for the important            enhance recovery by providing a “disaster-proof    has completed a project on effective large
textbooks they write and their role as public          best practice” model, which incorporates both      group teaching and is currently undertaking
commentators on the law.                               necessary changes and ways in which lawyers        a longitudinal study designed to support
                                                       and their clients can prepare for future natural   the development of a student profile for LLB
Impacting our legal future:                            disasters. Professors Finn and Toomey have         degrees taught at New Zealand universities.
genetics and the law                                   edited a book entitled Legal Response to Natural   The Group has presented its findings at law
                                                       Disasters published by Thompson Reuters in         schools around New Zealand and has published
“Genetics and neuroscience are going to change
                                                       2015. Their project received funding from the      reports. Its work has been supported by funding
the justice system… we need to know what the
                                                       New Zealand Law Foundation and the UC              from Ako Aotearoa Southern Hub.
science is telling us in order to consider the legal
                                                       Centre of Commercial and Corporate Law.
issues,” says Dr Debra Wilson, UC Associate
Professor and Researcher.                                                                                 Practical and innovative
Dr Wilson has written a book looking at the
                                                       Impacting our legal future:                        The UC School of Law has a strong reputation
legal and ethical issues raised by scientific          rethinking surrogacy laws                          in the traditional areas of law such as contract,
research into a ‘criminal gene’, and how this          A team of UC legal academics led by Dr Debra       tort, land and criminal law. It also offers
affects our criminal justice system.                   Wilson, UC Associate Professor and Researcher,     innovative courses in areas such as media law,
                                                       is looking at the legal, ethical, cultural         international human rights law, and gender
                                                       and societal implications of surrogacy             and the law. See pages 16–17 for more areas
                                                       arrangements in New Zealand and overseas.          of specialisation.
                                                       The project is interdisciplinary and includes
                                                       researchers from the areas of philosophy,
                                                       health, sociology and anthropology.

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Subjects

Criminal Justice                                      CRJU 101 is a compulsory introductory level
                                                      course designed to engage students with the
BCJ, CertCJ                                           criminal justice field and to equip them with the
Criminal Justice looks at the criminal justice        basic knowledge and understanding necessary
process and the treatment of offenders and            for advanced level study.
victims. It is a multi-disciplinary field of study
which seeks to draw together elements of many         Double degree combinations
areas, including:                                     Students can combine study of a BCJ with
                                                      that of another degree, making it a popular
• policing
                                                      combination eg, with the Bachelor of Laws
• developmental and abnormal psychology               or the Bachelor of Arts. These double degree
• criminal law and procedure                          combinations can usually be completed in five
• sentencing and the treatment of                     years (BA/BCJ) to five and a half years (BCJ/LLB).
  convicted offenders.                                If you wish to pursue a double degree, speak
                                                      with a Liaison Officer or advisory staff in the
Criminology, which forms a subset of topics           School of Law and other relevant college.
within Criminal Justice, primarily focuses on the
theory and sociology of crime and is often less       200-level and beyond
concerned with practical issues. The Bachelor
                                                      CRJU 201 Crime and Justice is a compulsory             ‘There’s an increasing
of Criminal Justice (BCJ) however, builds on
academic theories of crime and its causes and         course for the BCJ. This course introduces              level of youth crime in
the research that underpins those theories,           students to criminological theory and                   New Zealand and I wanted
before going on to assess the criminal justice        demonstrates how these theories can be applied          to make a difference.
                                                      to understanding of crime in New Zealand.
process itself; the law, policies and institutions                                                            I want to work in criminal
that make up this system.                             Criminal Justice courses at 200 and 300-level           psychology and study
                                                      cover a range of topics including sentencing
Why study Criminal Justice at UC?                     policy and practice, theories of policing and
                                                                                                              crime or theories around
                                                      their effects on criminal justice policy, as well       crime. I enjoy that there
The three-year BCJ degree is the only
qualification of its kind in the country so the       as familiarity with the range of police powers          is a demand and relevance
opportunities presented to students are unique        of search and arrest. Research essay courses are        to a society I live in — it is
and help give graduates an edge in the                available at both 200 and 300-level, enabling           not only motivating but
New Zealand crime and justice sectors as well as      you to undertake in-depth study of areas of
                                                                                                              also extremely interesting.
                                                      interest in the criminal justice field. For more
in an area of growing international popularity.
                                                      information on courses beyond first year go to          Embrace it — it’s such a
The innovative degree programme draws on              www.canterbury.ac.nz/courses                            new developing area of
UC’s internationally recognised expertise                                                                     work which allows so
in Sociology, Criminal Law, History, Human
Services and Psychology.
                                                      Further study                                           much diversity.’
                                                      UC offers a one-year Graduate Diploma in
The Criminal Justice programme enjoys close           Criminal Justice for graduates (other than BCJ          Tori McNoe
links with employers in the crime and justice         graduates) from a variety of backgrounds                Te Arawa
fields and has received enthusiastic support          looking to update or retrain for employment in          Studying towards a Bachelor of
from the New Zealand Police, Department of            this field.                                             Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Arts
Corrections and Ministry of Justice. Teachers and                                                             in Psychology
tutors will challenge you to interpret legislation,   Career opportunities
examine what works well with current policies
and identify opportunities for reform.                You will find a degree in Criminal Justice
                                                      will prepare you for careers in all aspects of       For further career information, please go to
Due to the vocational nature of the degree,           criminal justice, in particular, roles within the    www.canterbury.ac.nz/careers
there is the potential to study while employed in     New Zealand Police, Ministry of Justice and
the area to increase professional competencies.       Department of Corrections. Your Criminal              Contact
                                                      Justice degree is also likely to be applicable to     School of Law
100-level courses                                     working in many government departments,               T: +64 3 369 3598
 Course code      Course title                        including prisons, probation and parole, in           E: law-enquiries@canterbury.ac.nz
 CRJU 101         Introduction to Criminal Justice    criminal justice policy, forensics, customs or        www.laws.canterbury.ac.nz
                                                      public and private investigation and security.

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Law                                                  Community and international partnerships
                                                     • There are numerous scholarships, prizes and
                                                                                                           Diversity and flexibility characterise third and
                                                                                                           fourth-year Law. There is an array of optional
LLB                                                                                                        courses, which cover a broad range of areas
                                                       overseas exchange opportunities, including an
As a Law student, you will learn how to think          internship to the United States Congress.           including commercial law, family law, media
critically, analyse complex facts and issues, and                                                          law, international law, human rights law, law
                                                     • Law firms and other employers come to the           and medicine, property and environmental law.
persuade by logical argument. You will gain
                                                       School each year to recruit summer clerks
a comprehensive grounding in working with                                                                  Students may also take other highly specialised
                                                       and graduates.
statutes, cases and other legal materials. You                                                             courses, such as law and sport, world trade law,
will understand about the law in its wider social,   • The School of Law has a direct link to              trial advocacy, gender and the law, and law of
political and historical contexts.                     Community Law Canterbury giving students            the sea.
                                                       the opportunity to assist real people with
                                                       real problems.                                      For more information on courses beyond first
Why study Law at UC?                                                                                       year go to www.canterbury.ac.nz/courses
UC's School of Law is the internationally            • Many Law students choose to become active
                                                       in groups like Women's Refuge or                    See the Bachelor of Laws on page 9 for details of
recognised, professionally relevant, community
                                                       Amnesty International.                              the Bachelor of Laws Honours.
focused Law School in New Zealand. UC is rated
in the top 150 universities in the world for Law     • The Director of Clinical Legal Studies at UC        Further study
(QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2017).       supervises internships and community
We have been producing outstanding legal               placement opportunities for UC Law students,        Law graduates wishing to seek admission
graduates for over 130 years.                          making sure students are work-ready when            as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court
                                                       they graduate.                                      of New Zealand are required to undertake a
The School's lecturers are respected
                                                                                                           Professional Legal Studies course following
internationally, write important textbooks and
                                                     Recommended preparation                               completion of their LLB. This is administered by
act as public commentators on the law. Many
                                                                                                           institutions which are independent of
Law teachers maintain close contact with             The study of Law does not require a background        the universities.
the legal profession and local professionals         in any specific subject at school and entry to the
contribute to the School of Law's curriculum.        first year of the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) is open to   Options for postgraduate study include the
International visitors to the School provide         all students with University Entrance.                Master of Laws, Master of Laws in International
specialist courses on a regular basis and                                                                  Law and Politics and the Doctor of Philosophy
                                                     You will need to have good reading, writing           (PhD) degree in Law.
students are able to attend guest lectures by        and analytical skills. Subjects such as English,
Supreme Court Judges.                                drama, economics, te reo Māori, languages,            Career opportunities
                                                     history and classical studies are
The Law School environment                                                                                 Law degrees are popular because of the value
                                                     useful preparation.
The School of Law is housed in a modern                                                                    placed on core legal skills and the career
building with purpose-built tutorial and             100-level courses                                     opportunities available to graduates. UC Law
lecture rooms, and a specially designed Moot                                                               graduates can be found among the judiciary
Court room, which is regularly used for client        Course code      Course title                        and at all levels of the legal profession, across
interviewing, witness examination, mooting            LAWS 101         Legal System: Legal Method          New Zealand and the world.
                                                                       and Institutions
and negotiation competitions.                                                                              Employers are increasingly seeking work-ready
                                                      LAWS 110         Legal Foundations, Research
Law students enjoy the collegial atmosphere                            and Writing                         graduates. Law students at Canterbury have
within the School, where they get to know each                                                             the opportunity to participate in a variety of
other and the staff well.                            In addition to LAWS 101 and LAWS 110, students        internships and community placements which
                                                     must successfully complete 75 points of courses       will satisfy this requirement.
• LAWSOC, the Law Students' Society, has over        from other UC degrees. CRJU 101 Introduction to
  800 members and is very active, organising         Criminal Justice may be included in these. Refer      Graduates can become a practice solicitor,
  academic support, social activities, a range       to the Bachelor of Laws on page 9 for                 in-house lawyer or a self-employed barrister.
  of competitions and other events eg, the Law       more information.                                     Recent UC graduates also found roles as
  Revue, the Law Ball and the Leavers' Dinner.                                                             research counsel, judge’s clerk, policy analyst
                                                     This freedom of choice in first-year Law allows       and Māori development advisor.
• The Māori Law Students' Association,               students to try various subjects before making
  Te Pūtairiki, provides a supportive                a final decision about the degree or degrees          Legal skills of research, writing, analysis and
  environment, fostering academic excellence         they intend to complete. Students intending to        reasoning are highly prized in many professions
  among Māori Law students and organising            complete a double degree will choose non-Law          such as politics, policy, public service, foreign
  cultural and social events.                        courses needed for progression in their               affairs, journalism, publishing, immigration
• The UC Pasifika Law Students’ Association is       other degree.                                         and business.
  a society dedicated to providing support and                                                             For further career information, please go to
  fostering networks for Pasifika Law students,      200-level and beyond                                  www.canterbury.ac.nz/careers
  both on campus and with other campuses.            Good grades (normally at least a B) in LAWS 101
  The group was formed in 2016 following a           and LAWS 110 are necessary to advance into
                                                                                                            Contact
  student trip to the Pasifika Law and Culture       second-year Law. Refer to the Bachelor of Laws         School of Law
  Conference in Wellington.                          on page 9 for details of second-year study.            T: +64 3 369 3598
                                                                                                            E: law-enquiries@canterbury.ac.nz
                                                                                                            www.laws.canterbury.ac.nz

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Specialisations and career opportunities

In the third and fourth years of a   Community Law
Law degree at UC you have a wide Community Law is concerned with advising
range of options and can choose people who cannot afford to engage
to specialise in one or more of the aotherwise
                                       lawyer from a law firm or who are
                                                disadvantaged.
following areas.                     Law graduates who are interested in this kind
                                                             of work are most likely to find employment in
Areas of specialisation in Law                               community law centres or with activist groups.
Some 300-level Law courses cross the                         Those wishing to specialise in this area would
boundaries between specialisations, underpin                 consider options from Family Law, Commercial
basic legal concepts or inform the nature of                 Law I: Sales and Consumer Law, Commercial
legal practice. These courses are:                           Law II: Personal Property Security and Credit,
• Jurisprudence                                              Insolvency Law, Insurance Law, Landlord and
• New Zealand and Colonial Legal History                     Tenant, Immigration and Refugee Law, and
• Legislation: Law-making for the                            Employment Law.
   Twenty-first Century
• Legal Ethics*                                              Criminal Justice
                                                                                                                 ‘I would love to contribute,
• Evidence.**                                                Criminal Justice is concerned primarily with the     even if only in a small
                                                             functioning of the criminal justice system.
                                                                                                                  way, to the Christchurch
Commercial Law and Litigation                                Law graduates interested in this field might find
                                                                                                                  rebuild. I’m particularly
                                                             employment in legal practice, the Crown Law
Commercial Law deals with all legal matters
                                                             Office, the Ministry of Justice, the Probation       passionate about family
connected with commercial business
transactions including business structures,                  Service, community law centres or the                and property law, but one
issue of shares, contracts, sale of property,                New Zealand Police.                                  of the many benefits of
loans, taxation, insurance and related matters.              Those wishing to specialise in this area would       a Law degree from UC is
Law graduates interested in these fields are                 consider options from Evidence, Bill of Rights,      that it has given me the
most likely to find employment in law firms,                 International Criminal Law, Trial Advocacy,          opportunity to get a strong
share brokers, accountancy firms, insurance                  Crime and Justice^, Prisons and Corrections^.        grounding in a variety of
companies, banks, government or
                                                                                                                  different legal topics.’
private businesses.                                          Employment and
Those wishing to specialise in this area                     Industrial Law                                      Ryan Keen
would consider options from Company Law,                     Employment and Industrial Law deals with            Ngāi Tahu
Commercial Law I: Sales and Consumer Law,                    employment contracts, health and safety,            Bachelor of Laws
Commercial Law II: Personal Property Security                taxation and social security.                       Bachelor of Arts in English and History
& Credit, Insurance Law, Law of Agency,                                                                          Commercial and Property Solicitor,
Competition Law, Conflict of Laws, European                  Law graduates interested in these fields might
                                                                                                                 Cocoran French Lawyers
Union Law, Insolvency Law, Intellectual Property             find employment in commercial organisations,
Law, Selected Issues in Taxation.                            accountancy firms, community law centres
                                                             and other advisory agencies, employers’
                                                             organisations, employment advocates or
Commercial Litigation                                        trade unions.
Commercial Litigation is concerned with the                  Those wishing to specialise in this area would
settlement of commercial disputes. In addition               consider options from Employment Law,
to the Commercial Law options, those                         Immigration and Refugee Law, and Selected
wishing to specialise in this area would choose              Issues in Taxation.
options from Evidence, Trial Advocacy and
Civil Litigation.

* Legal Ethics is a compulsory course for those wishing to
enter legal practice.
** Evidence is recommended for inclusion in any area of
specialisation involving appearances before a court
or tribunal.
^ Courses offered by the School of Language, Social
and Political Sciences. Discuss with the School of Law’s
Academic Manager or Assistant Dean (Students).

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General Practice                                      Environmental Law
General Practice is conducted mainly by small to      Environmental Law deals with matters relating
medium-sized law firms. They deal with a wide         to national and international environmental
range of concerns including property law, family      protection and sustainable management of
law, commercial and consumer law, criminal            resources, including Māori resources.
law, trusts, wills and estates.                       Law graduates in this field are most likely
Law graduates interested in General Practice are      to find employment in private practice, iwi
most likely to find employment with law firms         organisations, or central and local government.
throughout New Zealand.                               Those wishing to specialise in this area would
Those wishing to specialise in this area would        consider options from Environmental Law,
consider options from Child and Family Law,           Policy and Society, Conservation and the
Relationship Property and Family Finance,             Public Interest, Judicial Review, International
Company Law, Commercial Law I: Sales and              Environmental Law, International Human Rights
Consumer Law, Commercial Law II: Personal             and Treaty Settlement Negotiations.
Property Security & Credit, Landlord and Tenant,
Insolvency Law, Insurance Law, Employment             Property and Resource
Law and Selected Issues in Taxation.
                                                      Management Law                                       ‘I had an interest in the
Information, Media and                                Property and Resource Management Law                  NZ political system, and
Technology Law
                                                      deals with matters relating to the creation,          how it works with policy
                                                      ownership, possession and transfer of both
Information, Media and Technology Law                 tangible and intangible property.
                                                                                                            and power. Since starting
is concerned with the regulation and the                                                                    the degree it opened up
                                                      Law graduates interested in these fields might
dissemination and ownership of all kinds              find employment With law firms, central and           other avenues to work in
of information.                                       local government, patent attorneys, property          the legal field, and help
Law graduates interested in these fields might        management and development companies, or              people gain access to
find employment with law firms, patent                engineering consultancies.                            justice. I have a particular
attorneys or as in-house counsel in radio,            Those wishing to specialise in this area would        passion for human rights,
television or technology firms.                       consider options from Landlord and Tenant,            public and commercial law.
Those wishing to specialise in this area would        Advanced Land Law, Selected Issues in Taxation,       UC has given me a wide
consider options from Intellectual Property           Intellectual Property Law, Environmental
Law, Competition Law, Media Law and NZ Bill           Law, Policy and Society, Conservation and the
                                                                                                            avenue to explore future
of Rights.                                            Public Interest, Judicial Review, International       career pathways.’
                                                      Environmental Law, Resource Management Act
                                                                                                            Emma Ioane
International Law                                     1991: Selected Issues.
                                                                                                            Bachelor of Commerce in Human
International Law concerns the relationship of                                                              Resource Management
nations to each other. International Law also         Public Law                                            Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with
affects large parts of domestic law ranging           Public Law is concerned with the organisation         a minor in Pacific Studies
from areas as diverse as criminal law and             and functioning of the institutions of                Bachelor of Laws
environmental law but is essentially the concern      government and the relationship of those              Case Worker, Community
of the state.                                         institutions to its citizens and other bodies.        Law Canterbury
Law graduates in this field are most likely to find   Law graduates in this field are likely to find
employment in central government (particularly        employment in central and local government,
— but not exclusively — in the Ministry of            as well as in private practice.
Foreign Affairs and Trade) or international and
                                                                                                        Other specialisations
                                                      Those wishing to specialise in this area
non-governmental organisations.                       would consider options from Judicial Review,      There are numerous other highly specialised
Those wishing to specialise in this area would        Legislation: Law-making for the Twenty-first      areas of Law which practitioners may move into
consider options from European Union Law,             Century, Jurisprudence, New Zealand Bill of       as they gain experience, eg, Law and Sport, Law
European Public Law, International Human              Rights, International Human Rights, European      and Medicine.
Rights, Principles of Public International Law,       Union Law, European Public Law and Advanced       Note: It is not always possible for all courses to be offered
                                                                                                        every year. See the online Course Information System
International Environmental Law, Law of the           Public Law.                                       (www.canterbury.ac.nz/courses) and the annual Guide to
Sea, International Trade Law, Antarctic                                                                 Enrolment for current courses.
Legal Studies.

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Photo: Amy Cole, who has completed a Master of Laws
(International Law and Politics) at UC while working for
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Wellington.
“I chose UC for my master’s because of its reputation
and the subject offered. I didn’t have a background in
international law or politics, but I was really interested
in both topics.”

Employable and
work ready

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UC’s School of Law offers many
opportunities for senior students to
engage with the wider community
on a local and international level.
Courses that apply your skills, local
work experience, and international
partnerships mean UC Criminal
Justice and Law graduates are
globally aware and geared up for
success in their profession.

LAWS 382 — Legal Internship
By studying this course at UC, you will
develop expertise in the real world,
such as interviewing, statement-taking,
memoranda, negotiation, and meeting and
trial preparation. The essence of the course
is learning and applying legal and business
skills in the workplace, either as a volunteer
or as a compensated intern.

LAWS 386 — Clinical Legal Studies
This course gives UC students applied
legal skills and selected management skills
training in a context that replicates practice
in both business and legal services sectors.
Studying this course, you could assist clients
with legal and business-related problems.
You could also do outreach in prisons or
schools, or partner with pro bono lawyers
and the Community Law Centre to take legal
action in suitable cases.

LAWS 373 — Washington Internship
Only two high achievers are selected for this
elite internship based in the US Congress in
Washington DC.
In addition, senior students with good grades
may apply to study abroad as part of the
UC Exchange programme. In recent years,
Law students have studied in such diverse
locations as Nottingham, Copenhagen, Paris
and British Columbia.
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Frequently asked questions

Law
I only want to study a Law degree.
Do I have to study non-Law courses?
Yes. Students are required to enrol in non-Law
courses as part of the LLB. As well as allowing
you to explore other subjects, this can form
the basis of a double degree with the LLB, or
provide the foundation for another degree
should you not continue with Law.

I would like to be a particular type
of lawyer (eg, criminal lawyer, sports
lawyer, family lawyer etc). Do I have
to study all aspects of law?
There are eight compulsory courses which
cover essential material required by all lawyers.
The 13 elective courses allow you to follow
particular interests.

Is progression to second-year
Law automatic?
No. Students are normally required to pass          Do all LLB graduates become lawyers?                  to help plan your courses so that you can keep
LAWS 101 and LAWS 110 with at least a B grade, in                                                         both options open. They can even plan options
                                                    No. The skills that LLB graduates acquire are
order to be accepted into second year Law. It is                                                          so that you can continue with both if you wish
                                                    sought after by many professions.
important to choose appropriate courses for the                                                           to study a double degree.
non-Law component, so that there is a pathway
                                                    Do you offer scholarships for first-year Does the BCJ qualify me to
toward another degree, should you choose not
to continue with the LLB.                           Law students?                            practise Law?
                                                    Yes. The College of Business and Law offers
                                                                                                          No, but you can enrol for a double degree —
What happens if I don’t get a place in              Awards for Excellence to first-year Bachelor of
                                                                                                          BCJ and LLB. The LLB is essential if you wish to
200-level Law? Will my courses still                Laws (LLB) students. These comprise tuition fee
                                                                                                          practise Law.
                                                    waivers for your first year of study ($5,000 for
count towards something?
                                                    first year — up to $15,000 over three years).
Yes. Your courses will count towards other          There are awards reserved for students of
                                                                                                          What support is available while I
degrees (Arts, Commerce, Criminal Justice, and      Māori and Pasifika descent.                           am studying?
Science) as long as you have enrolled in the        www.buslaw.canterbury.ac.nz                           For academic skills, the Academic Skills Centre
appropriate courses. The Liaison team is able to                                                          delivers a wide range of help including an
help you keep options open for this.
                                                    Criminal Justice                                      introduction to writing essays, and the Library
                                                                                                          runs Library Skills workshops. For degree
Can I study part-time?                              Can I study Criminal Justice and                      planning help after your first year, the Academic
Yes, but you will enrol in fewer courses. Seek      another subject or degree?                            Manager (Law) and Assistant Dean (Students) of
advice from the Liaison team if you wish to be                                                            Law provide advice by appointment for the BCJ
enrolled part-time, because of employment,          This might be possible depending on what              and LLB degrees.
family or other commitments. Note that the LLB      subject or degree you are thinking about
is not offered extramurally; part-time students     combining with Criminal Justice. It’s best to         How many hours of work in addition
                                                    talk to the Liaison team who can help you with
must be able to attend classes.
                                                    your options.
                                                                                                          to lectures is expected?
                                                                                                          This differs from course to course, degree to
I already have a degree, do I need to                                                                     degree and student to student. That said, a
complete the non-Law courses?                       I’m unsure if I want to study Law or
                                                    Criminal Justice. Can I do both in my                 broad rule of thumb is to try to spend at least
No. Contact the School of Law for                                                                         two to three hours, on top of each lecture hour,
further information.
                                                    first year?                                           working on your courses.
                                                    Yes, provided that you include LAWS 110 as well
                                                    as LAWS 101 in first-year. The Liaison team is able

20      2018 Introduction to Law
2018 Introduction to…

  2018                                                2018                                                     2018
  Introduction to Arts                                Introduction to Business                                 Introduction to Education

                Arts.                                   Business.                                              Education.

  Bachelor of Arts                                                                                             Bachelor of Sport Coaching
  Bachelor of Fine Arts                                                                                        Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood)
  Bachelor of Music                                                                                            Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Primary)
  Bachelor of Social Work                             Bachelor of Commerce                                     Plus options for graduates

  2018                                                2018                                                     2018
  Introduction to Engineering                         Introduction to Health                                   Introduction to Science

  Engineering.                                             Health.                                               Science.

                                                      Bachelor of Health Sciences
 Bachelor of Engineering with Honours                 Bachelor of Social Work
 Bachelor of Forestry Science                         Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology with Honours   Bachelor of Science
 Bachelor of Product Design                           Bachelor of Sport Coaching                               Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology with Honours

This is one of seven introduction publications available for prospective
students considering which area to study.
Download one or all at www.canterbury.ac.nz/publications

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                                                                                                               Prospectus

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For an overview of life and study at UC, including details on accommodation,
admissions, student support and study options, download our 2018
Undergraduate Prospectus at www.canterbury.ac.nz/publications

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