Law

Undergraduate selection criteria for entry into second-year of the LLB and 300-level course and elective constraints.

Find out what selection criteria apply to the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree.

Selection criteria into 100-level Law

LAWS 121 is open to all applicants with a University Entrance qualification, subject to room capacity and Victoria University admission requirements. Entry into LAWS 122 and 123 requires a pass in LAWS 121.

If enrolments exceed the capacity of the available lecture theatres, priority will be given to those students who are enrolling in each of those courses for the first time. If the number enrolling for the first time is less than the capacity of the available lecture theatres, but the total number of enrolments (ie including those who are repeating the course) exceeds the capacity of the available lecture theatres, those who are repeating the course will be ranked and selected, in descending order, according to all of their previous mark(s) [note: not grade(s)] in those courses.

Entry requirements into second year Law

If you are applying for second-year Law you must have passed:

  • LAWS 121, 122 and 123 (or LAWS 101 prior to 2003) at Victoria University, or their equivalents at another New Zealand or Australian university; and
  • at least 70 other non-Law points (or 120 points, including the equivalent of LAWS 121, 122 and 123) by 10 December. (In exceptional circumstances, a later date may be approved, but in no case later than 31 December.)

Selection criteria into second year Law

Subject to the provisions for exceptional circumstances set out below, you'll be selected for places in 200-level courses on the following basis.

Returning 200-level LAWS students and first-time applicants

Priority of entry is given to returning 200-level LAWS students who satisfy the criteria at Category 1 below, followed by first-time applicants who satisfy the criteria at Category 2 below.

Notes: “200-level LAWS course” means LAWS 211, 212, 213, 214 and 297. "200-level LAWS points" means points associated with LAWS 211, 212, 213 and 214 and 297. Non-LAWS grades are not taken into account when calculating grade averages for the purposes of applying any of these entry criteria.

Category 1

Returning 200-level LAWS students who have passed more than 50% of all previous 200-level LAWS points (at Victoria or any other New Zealand university) in respect of which they have received a grade (i.e. a passing grade, or any failing grade).

Category 2

First-time applicants (i.e. students who have not previously enrolled in a 200-level LAWS course, but who have completed their 100-level LAWS courses) who:

  1. have a grade point average of 5.5 (B+) or better over LAWS 121, 122 and 123 (or LAWS 101 at Victoria University prior to 2003), and
  2. have passed at least 70 non-LAWS points (or 120 points, including the equivalent of LAWS 121, 122 and 123) by 10 December. (In exceptional circumstances a later date may be approved, but in no case later than 31 December.)

If there are more applicants in Category 2 than there are places available, students in Category 2 will be ranked and selected according to their LAWS grade point average. In calculating the grade point average for Category 2 applicants, the student’s highest LAWS passing grades are taken into account; previous lower passing grades, and any failing grades, are not taken into account.

If there is a need to determine cut-off points (ie between accepted, waitlisted and declined applicants), specific marks in 100-level LAWS courses may be taken into account.

Category 3

If there is space remaining after Categories 1 and 2 above have been considered, that remaining space will be filled by ranking all other applicants (i.e. all remaining returning 200-level LAWS students and all remaining first-time applicants) by grade point average, and selecting according to that ranking.

To determine cut-off points (i.e. between accepted, waitlisted and declined applicants), specific marks in 100-level LAWS courses may be taken into account.

The ranking process for Category 3 will be undertaken on the following basis:

  • returning 200-level LAWS students will be ranked on the basis of all of their LAWS grades, i.e. 100- and 200-level LAWS courses;
  • first-time applicants will be considered on the basis of their 100-level LAWS grades.

Note: First-time applicants must have completed at least 70 non-Law points, or have an exemption from that requirement.

In calculating the grade point average for Category 3, only the best 100-level LAWS passing grades are taken into account (and 100-level LAWS failing grades are not taken into account), but all 200-level LAWS grades*, including 200-level LAWS failing grades, are taken into account. (* That is, grades for LAWS 211, 212, 213, 214 and 297. LAWS 298 or 299 grades are not included in this calculation).

Notes:

  1. Once a student has entered 200-level LAWS, the entry criteria for returning 200-level students (i.e. Category 1 or Category 3 above) will apply to that student from that point onwards. Repeating 100-level LAWS courses will not result in the entry criteria for first-time applicants (Category 2 above) applying to that student.
  2. Returning 200-level students who fail to satisfy the entry criteria at Category 1 or Category 3 above are directed to the criteria for graduate entry.

Transferring students

Transferring students may be admitted only under Categories 1 and 2 but not under Category 3.

Category 1: this applies as worded to transferring students who have previously enrolled in 200-level LAWS courses at a university other than Victoria.

Category 2: to be considered in Category 2, first-time applicants seeking to transfer to Victoria from any other university (ie Law students who have not previously enrolled in a 200-level LAWS course, but have completed their 100-level LAWS course at a university other than Victoria) must have:

  • a GPA of 6 or better over their 100-level LAWS courses, and
  • passed at least 70 non-law points (or 120 points, including the equivalent of LAWS 121, 122 and 123) by 10 December. (In exceptional circumstances, a later date may be approved, but in no case later than 31 December).

To complete the LLB at Victoria, transferring students from other New Zealand universities must pass a minimum of 160 Victoria Law points. An overall total of 480 points is required for the LLB. When you first apply for entry to the LLB make sure you submit your official transcript by the final deadline for submission of 10 January 2017. Failure to meet this deadline will mean that you will lose any place that may be reserved for you in limited-entry courses.

Transferring previous non-law credit

Graduates are exempt from the non-law requirement of the degree. Non-graduates can transfer previous non-law credit, provided it is at Level 5 or above either from another university, or in a subject that can be taken at a New Zealand university. Note that a Legal Executive Certificate is awarded 20 non-law points, and a Legal Executive Diploma is awarded 60 non-law points.

Māori admissions process

A supplementary admission process is also run to assess tangata whenua students for entry into second-year LAWS courses if they would not otherwise be considered. Ten percent of available places in each second-year LAWS course are reserved for Māori students applying under the Māori Admissions Process.

Students who wish to be considered under this process should indicate so when asked as part of their enrolment application. Applicants must have passed all prerequisite courses.

Applicants applying under the Māori Admissions Process will be invited to attend an interview in January or February 2017. Successful applicants will:

  • be able to complete the expected workload;
  • personally attend the interview;
  • be committed to attending the tutorial support programme for the year;
  • agree to meet with the Kaitakawaenga Māori, Māori Law Students Coordinator as necessary during the academic year; and
  • demonstrate a commitment to kaupapa Māori.

Applicants will be interviewed by a panel normally comprising members of the Māori community, the Law Faculty, and Māori legal practitioners. The panel interviews may take place as part of a hui held at Te Herenga Waka Marae on Victoria University's Kelburn campus where applicants will have the opportunity to meet other students, staff and practitioners. Applicants are encouraged to bring their whānau and other supportive family members to any interview or hui held as part of the Māori Admissions Process.

Graduates

Think carefully before you enrol in 100- and 200-level LAWS courses concurrently. Case Law and Statute Law at the 100 level are taught in the second trimester only. It is assumed that you know how to apply case law in the first trimester of 200-level Law.

To address this issue, graduate students are strongly recommended to read the relevant chapters of Glanville Williams Learning the Law. In recent editions, including the latest (the 15th edition, 2013) they are chapters 6 (Case Law Technique) and 7 (The Interpretation of Statutes).

  1. Graduate students may be permitted to enrol in 100-level and 200-level LAWS concurrently. Graduate students may also be permitted to enrol in 200-level LAWS without concurrent enrolment in 100-level LAWS, but only where they have previously passed all 100-level courses.
  2. If that permission is granted, graduates use their graduate status for enrolment purposes only once. That is, they may only once:
    • enrol in 100-level and 200-level LAWS concurrently; or
    • enrol in 200-level LAWS without concurrent enrolment in 100-level LAWS; but not both.
    Note: For the avoidance of doubt, where a graduate student enrols in 100- and 200-level LAWS concurrently, and subsequently fails to satisfy the entry criteria for returning 200-level students (ie by failing to have passed more than 50% of all previous 200-level LAWS points (at Victoria University or any other New Zealand University) in respect of which they have received a grade (ie a passing grade, or any failing grade), that student cannot enrol in 200-level LAWS again—whether concurrently with 100-level LAWS or in 200-level LAWS only—on the strength of their graduate status.
  3. To be considered for graduate enrolment (ie 100- and 200-level LAWS concurrently, or 200-level LAWS without concurrent enrolment in 100-level LAWS), graduate students must have achieved a B+ average over their most recent 90 non-Law points or their equivalent.
  4. Paragraphs 1 to 3 (above) apply even if:
    • the applicant has previously failed any LAWS courses, or has previously passed 100-level LAWS but those LAWS grades were such that the applicant did not satisfy the entry criteria for 200-level LAWS, and
    • the applicant has since completed their non-Law degree.
  5. If a graduate is enrolled in LAWS 121 and 200-level LAWS concurrently in any given year, and if they fail LAWS 121 in that year, they may continue with their 200-level LAWS courses in that year (but not LAWS 122 or LAWS 123, for which LAWS 121 is a prerequisite). However, they cannot re-enrol in any 200-level LAWS course until they have passed LAWS 121, 122 and 123. This restriction applies even if the graduate student passed their 200-level LAWS courses in the year in which they failed LAWS 121. (See also paragraph 2 above; the graduate’s privilege of concurrent 100- and 200- level LAWS enrolment is granted only once.)
  6. If a graduate is enrolled in LAWS 122 and/or 123 and 200-level LAWS concurrently in any given year, and if they fail LAWS 122 and/or 123 in that year, they cannot re-enrol in any 200-level LAWS course until they have passed LAWS 122 and 123. This restriction applies even if the graduate student passed their 200-level LAWS courses in the year in which they failed LAWS 122 and/or 123. (See also paragraph 2 above; the graduate’s privilege of concurrent 100- and 200-level LAWS enrolment is granted only once.)

International students

International exchange students and those short-term fee-paying students known as ‘Study Abroad’ students, may not enrol in LAWS 122, 123, 211, 212, 213, 214, 297, 301 or 312.

Exceptional circumstances

Although the above criteria will be the primary basis for admission to second-year Law, students who have passed the prerequisite courses but failed to otherwise satisfy the entry criteria can seek selection into second-year courses on the basis of exceptional circumstances.

These are circumstances that make the application of the above criteria inappropriate to them and that justify ranking them ahead of applicants who have stronger qualifications for admission in terms of this policy.

The documentation of exceptional circumstances must be made on the Faculty’s form in writing and be submitted by 10 December of the year prior to study; late applications cannot be considered.

These applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis by a panel of Faculty members, chaired by the Deputy Dean, according to criteria agreed by the Faculty.

Other selection considerations

Applicants with international or non-standard qualifications are subject to the preceding criteria. Contact the Law Faculty Student Administration Office for advice.

200-level streams

Choose your stream carefully as you may not be permitted to change stream mid-year. Course/stream preferences are included as part of the online enrolment process.

Entry requirements into third-year Law

LAWS electives are ‘limited-entry’. Applications must be received by the limited-entry deadline of 10 December in order to be included in the ballot for any oversubscribed course. Enrolments for summer courses also have a deadline of 10 December.

Trimesters One and Two

In order to enrol in 300-level LAWS electives in trimesters 1 and 2, you must have:

  • passed LAWS 121, 122 and 123 (or their equivalent) and passed all five 200-level LAWS courses and LAWS 301 and 312, or
  • passed LAWS 121, 122 and 123 (or their equivalent) and passed all five 200-level LAWS courses and be concurrently enrolled in LAWS 301 and 312, or
  • passed LAWS 121, 122 and 123 (or their equivalent) and passed at least three 200-level LAWS courses, including LAWS 297, and be concurrently enrolled in the two remaining 200-level LAWS courses and LAWS 301 and 312.

The Manager, Student and Academic Services in consultation with the Course Coordinator may make an exception to the above, having regard to the following criteria:

  • exceptional academic performance, or
  • exceptional reasons individual to the student that explain why the student has not already completed the requirements above, or
  • individual experience that would benefit the individual studying the course, and/or would benefit other students in the course, or
  • Certificate of Proficiency (COP) enrolment.

Appeals against exclusion from limited-entry courses

These should be made, in writing, to the Manager, Student and Academic Services of the Law Faculty.

Trimester Three, Summer trimester

In order to enrol in 300-level LAWS electives in trimester 3:

  1. Subject to 2 below, students must have passed LAWS 211, 212, 213, 214 and 297 before enrolling in any 300-level LAWS elective in trimester 3.
  2. The Head of School (Law) has a discretion to permit, in exceptional cases, a student to enrol in a 300-level LAWS elective in trimester 3 if the student is awaiting results which, if successful, will see them pass all five 200-level LAWS courses. In deciding whether to exercise that discretion, the Head of School will take into account the student’s overall academic record, including their performance in any in-term work completed in LAWS 211, 212, 213 and 214 and 297.

300-level notes

  1. Regardless of the Head of School’s discretion referred to above, a student cannot enrol in any 300-level LAWS elective (in any trimester) which has a 200-level LAWS course as a prerequisite unless they have already received a passing grade for that 200-level LAWS prerequisite course.
  2. Where the Head of School exercises discretion in a student’s favour and permits enrolment in a 300-level elective in trimester 3 in the situation where the student is awaiting results which, if successful, will see them pass all five 200-level LAWS courses, if that student fails any 200-level LAWS course(s) for which they were awaiting results, that student will be permitted to remain in any November/December electives in which they are enrolled, but will be withdrawn from January/February electives in which they are enrolled. If the trimester 3 elective in which they are enrolled runs from November to February, they will be permitted to remain in that course (subject to note (1) above).
  3. A student cannot enrol in more than two LAWS courses in the pre-Christmas period of trimester 3, and two LAWS courses in the post-Christmas period of trimester 3.
  4. A student who is permitted to enrol in trimester 3, but who has not yet completed LAWS 301 and 312, must enrol in LAWS 301 and 312 in the following trimesters 1 and 2.
  5. The discretion given to the Manager, Student and Academic Services to permit students to enrol in 300-level LAWS electives in trimesters 1 and 2, despite the student not fulfilling the criteria for enrolment in those trimesters, does not apply to enrolment in 300-level LAWS electives in trimester 3.

Selection criteria for 300-level electives (including LAWS 334)

Applicants will be divided into two groups:

  • Group 1—those who applied by the enrolment deadline, and 
  • Group 2—those who applied after the enrolment deadline.

Group 1 has priority over Group 2. If there are more applicants in Group 1 than there are places available, priority is given to students who are enrolling in their final year of study. The balance will be selected by ballot.

If there are fewer applicants in Group 1 than there are places available, applicants from Group 2 will be selected to fill the remaining places. If there are more applicants in Group 2 than there are places available, priority is given to students who are enrolling in their final year of study. The balance will be selected by ballot.