School of Law

Law with New Zealand Law LLB/BA

The four-year Law with New Zealand Law degree programme involves students spending their third year studying New Zealand Law at the University of Auckland, or the University of Canterbury in Christchurch.

Students spend their first two and fourth years at Nottingham, following the usual three-year degree programmes.

New Zealand Law

During the year abroad, students study a combination of prescribed and elective courses in New Zealand law, attending the same classes as New Zealand students.

Benefits of studying abroad

The programme provides students with an opportunity to study a different legal system and its law in a different educational environment. It should offer a remarkable educational and cultural experience for them.

Students participating in the programme have proved to be very attractive to employers and, in particular, to the leading international firms of solicitors.

About the universities

Both law schools in the programme are among the best New Zealand law schools. They enjoy an excellent reputation for teaching and research and offer first-rate facilities. They have extensive programmes of international student exchanges.

The University of Auckland is a member of Universitas 21, a group of elite universities from around the world, which also includes The University of Nottingham. One of the principal activities of Universitas 21 is the operation of student exchange schemes.

The exchange programme with the University of Canterbury is the subject of a bilateral agreement with The University of Nottingham School of Law.


Under the Universitas 21 scheme, no tuition fees are payable by students attending the University of Auckland. Similarly, no tuition fees are payable under the bilateral agreement with the University of Canterbury. However, all students on the four-year programmes pay a fee to the University of Nottingham, which is currently set at £1,385 for Home/EU students.

There is also the cost of return travel to New Zealand and medical insurance to cover hospitalisation. Accommodation costs and living expenses in New Zealand are not dissimilar to those in Nottingham.

The total difference in costs between a year at Nottingham and a year studying in New Zealand will depend on discretionary spending and how students spend their vacations, in particular, how much travelling they do.


Students are not admitted to the University of Nottingham to read for the Law with New Zealand Law degree. For this reason it is not in the UCAS handbook.

The practice is to transfer up to two undergraduate students who have been admitted to the School and  successfully completed their first year of study on either the LLB Law or the BA Law degree courses.

The precise number of places is agreed with the law schools each year. Students will be selected for transfer on the basis of their examination performance in their first year of study, a legal reasoning test, an interview and their suitability for study abroad.

Further information

Students who are interested in the Law with New Zealand Law programme should address further enquiries to

Preliminary meetings providing detailed information will be held in October and students must submit their applications in the November of their second year.



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