Regulations for the Degree of Bachelor of Laws with Honours (LLB(Hons))

1.   The Personal Programmes of Study Regulations apply in these regulations.
Admission
2.   Candidates who have completed Law Year 1 and Law Year 2, as listed in sections 7.1 and 7.2 of the regulations for the degree of Bachelor of Laws, are eligible to be considered for admission to the degree of Bachelor of Laws with Honours.
3.   Candidates who have been awarded the degree of Bachelor of Laws will not be admitted to this degree.
Requirements for the Degree
4.   The normal minimum period of enrolment for completion of the Degree is four years.
5.   Candidates must enrol in the Faculty of Law and follow an approved programme of study.
6.   Candidates must gain 540 points at 100, 200, 300, 400, and 500 levels, including at least 420 points above 100 level, at least 285 points above 200 level, and at least 180 points above 300 level, and at least 60 points at 500 level. Candidates may take a single major in Law or a first major in Law and a second major in a subject from another Faculty.
7.   Candidates must complete Law Year 5 within two years of the commencement of Law Year 4.
8.   Candidates may not present a thesis or dissertation for the Degree without approval from the Dean of Law or delegated authority.
LLB(Hons) with a Single Major in Law
9.   To complete the requirements of the LLB(Hons) with a single major in Law, candidates must pass the following papers:
  9.1   Law Year 1
  (a)   LEGAL103 Legal Method - Research and Statutory Interpretation
  LEGAL104 Legal Method - Legal Writing and Case Analysis
  LEGAL106 Legal Systems and Societies (30 points)
  (b)   60 points at 100 level in subjects other than Law, including 30 points at 100 level in a single subject from outside the Faculty of Law.
  9.2   Law Year 2
  (a)   LEGAL201 Public Law (30 points)
  LEGAL203 Jurisprudence
  LEGAL204 Contracts (30 points)
  LEGAL207 Torts (30 points)
  (b)   15 points above 100 level in a subject from outside the Faculty of Law.
  9.3   Law Year 3
  (a)   LEGAL301 Crimes (30 points)
  LEGAL305 Corporate Entities
  LEGAL306 Dispute Resolution
  LEGAL307 Land Law (30 points)
  LEGAL308 Equity and Succession
  (b)   15 points above 100 level in a subject from outside the Faculty of Law.
  9.4   Law Year 4
      120 points at 400 level in Law.
  9.5   Law Year 5
      60 points at 500 level in Law.
10.   To satisfy the New Zealand Council of Legal Education requirements, students wishing to proceed to a professionals programme and admission as a Barrister and Solicitor must complete a 400 level paper in Legal Ethics (15 points) as one of their 400 level Law papers.
11.   Candidates taking the single major in Law may also complete a minor by gaining 60 points in any minor subject, including at least 30 points above 100 level. Candidates must also meet any specific requirements prescribed for the minor in the relevant subject entry in the University of Waikato Catalogue of Papers.
LLB(Hons) with a First Major in Law and a Second Major in a Subject from another Faculty
12.   To complete the requirements of the LLB(Hons) with a First Major in Law and a Second Major in a Subject from another Faculty, candidates must pass the following papers:
  12.1   Law Year 1
      LEGAL103 Legal Method - Research and Statutory Interpretation (15 points)
      LEGAL104 Legal Method - Legal Writing and Case Analysis (15 points)
      LEGAL106 Legal Systems and Societies (30 points)
  12.2   Law Year 2
      LEGAL201 Public Law (30 points)
      LEGAL203 Jurisprudence (15 points)
      LEGAL204 Contracts (30 points)
      LEGAL207 Torts (30 points)
  12.3   Law Year 3
      LEGAL301 Crimes (30 points)
      LEGAL305 Corporate Entities (15 points)
      LEGAL306 Dispute Resolution (15 points)
      LEGAL307 Land Law (30 points)
      LEGAL308 Equity and Succession (15 points)
  12.4   Law Year 4
      120 points at 400 level in Law.
  12.5   Law Year 5
      60 points at 500 level in Law.
13.   Candidates must also pass the requirements of an approved major from another Faculty, as prescribed in the relevant subject entry in the University of Waikato Catalogue of Papers.
Award of Honours
14.   The Degree may be awarded with
  (a)    First Class Honours, or
  (b)    Second Class Honours (first division), or
  (c)    Second Class Honours (second division).
15.   If awarded, the level of honours will be determined on the basis of candidates’ grades in Law Year 3, Law Year 4, and Law Year 5. Candidates’ performance in Law Year 1 and Law Year 2 may be taken into account where additional clarification is required.
16.   Candidates who do not meet the standard required for the award of honours may, on the recommendation of the Faculty of Law Board of Examiners, be awarded the degree of Bachelor of Laws.
17.   Candidates who fail to display a sufficient aptitude in any of the Law Year 5 papers may, on the recommendation of the Faculty of Law Board of Examiners, have their eligibility for honours terminated or be awarded the degree of Bachelor of Laws.
Variations
18.   Candidates who have completed the requirements for the award of a bachelors degree prior to enrolment for the degree of Bachelor of Laws may apply to the Dean of the Faculty of Law for exemption from the non-Law component of the Bachelor of Laws degree as set out in sections 9.1(b) and 9.2(b) of the regulations for the degree of Bachelor of Laws. Such candidates may take Law Year 1 and Law Year 2 concurrently.
19.   The Dean or delegated authority may vary or waive these regulations in individual cases.

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