Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate in Law

The Graduate Diploma in Law and Graduate Certificate in Law are excellent choices for LLB graduates.

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The Graduate Diploma in Law and the Graduate Certificate in Law


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The Graduate Certificate in Law (GradCertLaw) and Graduate Diploma in Law (GradDipLaw) are excellent choices for LLB graduates from both New Zealand and overseas who wish to further enhance their legal knowledge. Both courses meet the requirements of the New Zealand Law Society’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD). These graduate qualifications enable law graduates to

  • update skills and continue professional development
  • focus in a new area of specialisation
  • gain an academic qualification while fulfilling professional requirements required by the NZCLE
  • complete further academic studies through flexible study schedules
  • have access to face-to-face teaching, Library and other resources.

LLB graduates can base the Diploma or the Certificate on particular areas of specilaisation according to individual preferences or professional requirements. Both programmes offer law graduates a choice of courses from a range of elective courses offered by the Law School.

New Zealand law graduates who wish to supplement their degrees with further courses at the undergraduate level may take elective courses from the LLB programme for either the Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate. One course from the LLM programme may also be included for either programme (subject to availability).

Overseas law graduates who are taking undergraduate law courses, whether compulsory or elective, on the recommendation of the Council of Legal Education may take those courses for the Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate (but should note the limits on enrolments in courses at LLB Part II level).

Graduate Diploma in Law (GradDipLaw)

LLB graduates from both New Zealand and overseas who wish to further enhance their legal knowledge are able to apply for a GradDipLaw. The programme is equivalent to one year (two semesters) full-time, but may be completed part-time (over any duration). Students will be required to complete 120 points of courses from LLB Part II, III and IV of which at least 75 points must be from LLB Part III and IV. If a student wishes to enrol in an LLB Part II course, the student must satisfy the Grade Point Average required for admission into LLB Part II.

With the approval of the Dean of the Faculty of Law, in lieu of some courses from LLB Parts II, III, or IV, a student may substitute 30 points from courses listed in the Master of Laws programme. The Dean of the Faculty of Law may require the student to include LAW 788 with other courses from the Master of Laws programme. With the approval of the Dean of the Faculty of Law, a student may enrol in 30 points of courses from Stage II or higher in a relevant programme offered elsewhere in the University.
Overseas law graduates may be required to enrol in LAW 131 Legal Method as a Certificate of Proficiency course as a condition of enrolment, or to include LAW 472 Introduction to Common Law in the 120 points of the Graduate Diploma.


Graduate Certificate in Law (GradCertLaw)

LLB graduates from both New Zealand and overseas who wish to further enhance their legal knowledge are able to apply for a GradCertLaw. The programme is equivalent to one semester full-time, but may be completed part-time (over any duration). Students must pass 60 points of law courses from LLB Parts II, III and IV. If a student wishes to enrol in an LLB Part II course, the student must satisfy the Grade Point Average required for admittance into LLB Part II.

With the approval of the Dean of the Faculty of Law, in lieu of courses from LLB Parts II, III, or IV, a student may substitute 30 points from courses listed in the Master of Laws programme. The Dean of the Faculty of Law may require the student to include LAW 788 with other courses from the Master of Laws programme. With the approval of the Dean of the Faculty of Law, a student may enrol in a 15-point course from Stage II or higher in a relevant programme offered elsewhere in the University.

Overseas law graduates may be required to enrol in LAW 131 Legal Method as a Certificate of Proficiency course as a condition of enrolment, or to include LAW 472 Introduction to Common Law in the 60 points of the Graduate Certificate.

Students who have completed Certificate of Proficiency courses in Law, and have enrolled in the above programmes, may request that the completed COP courses be reassigned.


Certificate of Proficiency (COP) Courses

Undergraduate law courses can be taken as individual courses for a Certificate of Proficiency (COP). Applicants must satisfy any prerequisite, corequisite or other conditions of admission and enrolment.


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. 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.


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. Further information is available in the NZCLE website.

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.