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The legal system is essential to everyday life in New Zealand, whether we think about it or not. Become a Lawyer or use your degree to broaden your understanding of human rights, political structures, and commercial transactions.

New Zealand’s legal system helps shape our society by providing structure. In fact, the law influences many of the things we do every day. The subject of Law at university involves learning about how to think critically and analyse facts and complex problems. It also focuses on written and spoken communication skills and how to structure a persuasive argument.

You will study many forms of legal systems including Te Kanga Maori law, and how this is/could, be incorporated further into the New Zealand legal system. Further topics include law in relation to economics, the environment and international relations.

A law degree is studied through a Bachelor of Laws and is four years in length. Many students choose to study this degree through a conjoint degree such as a Bachelor of Arts or Commerce. After studying this degree, you will be qualified to study for the national bar examinations in order for you to be admitted to the bar and become a practicing lawyer. 


Check out what studying Law at Victoria University could look like: 


Medium_charlotte Charlotte Grimshaw
Bachelor of Law

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Medium_logo_mpi_search May Downing
Policy Analyst

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Medium_sean_brennan_-_law-square Sean Brennan
Bachelor of Laws with Honours and a Bachelor of Music

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