Individual Courses (Certificate of Proficiency - COP)

Law courses can be taken as individual courses for a Certificate of Proficiency (COP). Applicants must satisfy any prerequisite, co-requisite or other conditions of admission and enrolment.

LLB Part I

Students who have passed LAW 121G and/or LAW 131 may repeat the two courses under a Certificate of Proficiency to improve the grades. Where students repeat LAW 121G and/or LAW 131, both the grade on the first attempt and the grade on the repeat attempt are included in the grade point average calculation for admission into LLB Part II. 

NZ law graduates

NZ law graduates may apply to take additional undergraduate law courses for a Certificate of Proficiency. There is no limit to the number of COP courses NZ law graduates can apply for. See ‘How to apply’ below. Law graduates who wish to take more than one COP law elective course to supplement their law degree or to update their legal knowledge and skills, may wish to consider applying for the Graduate Diploma in Law or the Graduate Certificate in Law.

Transferring final-year law students

With the written approval of their Dean, final-year law students from other NZ universities may apply to take law courses at The University of Auckland for credit back to their own university.

Postgraduate courses

LLB graduates may enrol into one postgraduate course for a COP. Acceptance into the COP programme and the course selection is subject to approval by the Associate Dean Postgraduate.

Overseas law graduates

Overseas law graduates wishing to practise law in New Zealand should apply in the first instance to the New Zealand Council of Legal Education (NZCLE) for assessment of their qualifications and experience.

The address for the NZCLE is:
PO Box 5671, Lambton Quay, Wellington, New Zealand.
Telephone: 04 471 116604 471 1166.
Email: legal@nzcle.org.nz
Website: http://www.nzcle.org.nz/overseas_qualifications.html

Overseas law graduates whose qualifications have been assessed by the NZCLE and who are required to pass university law courses should apply to take these courses for COP. See below on how to apply. Overseas law graduates should note that there are limits on enrolments in the compulsory law courses at this university. Should overseas graduates be required to take any of the compulsory courses they will be subject to the same selection criteria as LLB degree applicants.

Overseas law graduates who are required to take more than one COP law course may wish to consider applying for the Graduate Diploma in Law or the Graduate Certificate in Law.

Non-law students and graduates from other disciplines

Undergraduate courses: Non-law students and graduates from other disciplines can apply to take up to a maximum of two law courses for COP. Courses that may be approved for non-law students include:
LAWENVIR 401 Resource Management Law
LAWENVIR 420 International Environmental Law
LAWPUBL 422 Contemporary Treaty Issues

Postgraduate courses: Non-law students can apply to take up one law course for COP. Acceptance into the COP programme and the course selection is subject to approval by the Associate Dean Postgraduate.

How to apply for COP courses in law

This is a two-step process. First you must apply to The University of Auckland
http://www.auckland.ac.nz/ clicking Apply Now or telephone 0800 61 62 630800 61 62 63 for help. If you are an overseas law graduate wishing to apply for a COP course, the programme you apply for is COPUA or COPOS (if you are an international student).

Transferring final-year law graduates will apply through Student Services Online for one of the following:
Cert of Proficiency for Canterbury (COPCU)
Cert of Proficiency for Otago (COPOU)
Cert of Proficiency for Overseas (COPOS) or (COPEX)
Cert of Proficiency for Victoria (COPVU)
Cert of Proficiency for Waikato (COPWU)

Having applied online, applicants must then contact the Faculty of Law (09 923 793909 923 7939) or email:
a.vaai@auckland.ac.nz for the Law COP Application Form. All applicants must receive admission to The University of Auckland as well as approval from the Faculty of Law. Applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application by the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Law will enrol you for your course(s) once approved.

If you are applying for one or more of the compulsory Part II law courses (Criminal, Public, Torts and Contract) you must submit your online application and your Course Selection Form by 1 December of the year preceding that in which you wish to enrol. You will be subject to the same selection criteria as applicants for the LLB.