Law

The study of law is satisfying, intellectually and academically challenging and can open up a world of career opportunities, not only in legal practice.

The study of Law is intellectually and academically challenging. It is also extremely satisfying and can open up a world of career opportunities. Since just about every area of life has legal underpinnings, it's possible to focus your legal studies on what really interests you.

In addition, the study of Law complements other disciplines, particularly in commerce, science, and the humanities. The versatility of a Law degree ensures that your career path can take you in many interesting directions. The integrity of a Law degree ensures that your skills and academic credentials are valued and respected wherever you go.

Once admitted, a Lawyer can work as a barrister or a solicitor.

  • Barristers work mainly in courts or tribunals presenting evidence, making submissions on behalf of their clients, and otherwise representing their interests in, for example, criminal trials, or Family Court proceedings.
  • Solicitors provide general legal advice over a range of specialised areas, including the buying and selling of property, drafting wills, arranging finance, tax and company legalities, and custody and property matters in the event of relationship breakdown.

Where Law graduates work

Law graduates have many career options, both within the legal profession and outside it.

  • Private Practice : both large law firms and medium and small law firms
    Government Agencies and Local Authorities : Parliament; Parliamentary Counsel Office; Crown Law Office; Law Commission; Ministry of Justice;
  • Waitangi Tribunal; NZ Police; Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Private Companies and SOEs : In-house legal counsel; management roles within large corporates, management consultancies and other business enterprises; Community Law Centres; academia. Other law related roles such as legal executive, legal researcher, law librarian, legal administrator and legal secretary, case manager and legal editor all draw on a legal background.

Skills Law students develop

  • Intellectual power : abstract reasoning, critical analysis and balanced judgement
  • Organised understanding: skills of concentration, memory, deduction, critical reasoning and logical analysis
  • Language skills: precise and accurate use of language, including vocabulary, grammar and their associated nuances of meaning.
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Research and information management skills
  • The ability to perform under pressure: manage time and balance workloads.

More more information about career possibilities in law, see the Law Career View and the Faculty of Law.