Requirements and Procedures for Admission to the Laws 200 Courses - Course Advice - School of Law - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

200 level compulsory core courses in Law

The University of Canterbury School of Law offers five 200 level compulsory core courses. These are:

  • LAWS 202 Criminal Law
  • LAWS 203 The Law of Contract
  • LAWS 204 The Law of Torts
  • LAWS 205 Land Law
  • LAWS 206 Public Law

Entry into these courses is limited. There are additional quota places in each of the 200 level compulsory core courses. The additional quotas are as follows:

  • 10 places are reserved for people of Maori descent who would not otherwise qualify for a place.
  • 10 places are reserved for full fee paying international students

All students wishing to be considered for admission to the 200 level compulsory core courses must meet the entry criteria and follow the application procedures detailed below. The admission process is also explained below.

Students are not normally permitted to enrol in any 300 level law courses unless they have completed, or will be completing in the same year, all of the above 200 level compulsory core courses and the non-law requirements for their LLB.

Entry criteria - how are the choices made?

There are five categories of students who seek admission to the 200 level compulsory core courses. Entry criteria for each are as follows:

  1. Continuing UC law students

    In order to be sure of continued admission to the 200 level compulsory core courses, a student must have passed at least one half or a majority of the 200 level law subjects in which they were enrolled in the previous year.

  2. UC LAWS 100 Level students

    Admission to the 200 level compulsory core courses depends on performance in LAWS101, LAWS110 and non-LAWS courses. Approximately 200 LAWS 100 level students proceed to the 200 level compulsory core courses each year. Students normally need to be ranked in the first 200 in the LAWS101 and LAWS110 examination results, and to have performed satisfactorily in their non-LAWS courses, in order to gain a place in the 200 level compulsory core courses. A B grade in LAWS101 and LAWS110 plus satisfactory performance in non-LAWS courses, will normally be sufficient to gain entry but this can vary from year to year.

  3. Students transferring from other universities

    Admission to the 200 level compulsory core courses depends on students’ academic records. Each applicant is assessed individually.

  4. Graduate students

    Graduate students may apply to be concurrently enrolled in LAWS101, LAWS110 and some 200 level courses but such admission is not automatic and requires special application to the School of Law. Admission to the 200 level compulsory core courses depends on students’ previous academic records. Each applicant is assessed individually.

  5. Students previously limited out of 200 level compulsory core courses

    Students may pass LAWS101 and LAWS110 but not gain entry to any 200 level compulsory core courses. These students may be admitted to 200 level compulsory core courses if they subsequently undertake a full-time year of non-LAWS study containing a significant element of courses at 200 or 300 level and gain good results for the whole of that year (B or B+ minimum).

  6. Students seeking admission via Te Tono Motuhēhē Discretionary Entrance

    Students seeking admission to 200 level compulsory core courses through the above process must have achieved at least a C- pass in LAWS101 and LAWS110 or be graduates.

  7. Students seeking admission via the International student quota

    International students must be full-fee paying students.

Application procedures - what do I do?

Students must complete the following application procedures in order to be considered for entry to the 200 level compulsory core courses.

  1. Continuing UC law students

    In order to be considered for continued admission to the 200 level compulsory core courses, students must apply to enrol via UC Enrolments by the closing date for limited entry courses. For 2017 courses the closing date is 5 December 2016. Apply to enrol in the courses you wish to take.

  2. UC LAWS 100 level students

    In order to be considered for admission to the 200 level compulsory core courses, University of Canterbury LAWS101 and LAWS110 students must apply to enrol via UC Enrolments by the closing date for 200 level compulsory core courses. For 2017 courses the closing date is 5 December 2016. Apply to enrol in the courses you wish to take. If some of the courses you choose are full, you will be allocated to other 200 level courses. If you decide to take fewer courses after your offer of place has been made by the Law School, you only need to accept a place in those courses you want and your vacant place will then be offered to another student.

  3. Students transferring from other universities

    Transferring students seeking places in limited entry courses must apply to enrol via UC Enrolments by the closing date for 200 level compulsory core courses, pending the outcome of their transfer of credit application. Transferring students must forward an original academic transcript from their current university plus a covering letter, to the Academic Manager, School of Law and apply to enrol by the closing date. For 2017 courses the closing date is 5 December 2016.

  4. Graduate students

    Graduates who wish to enrol in LAWS101, LAWS110 and the 200 level compulsory core courses at the same time must write to the School of Law Academic Manager seeking permission to be considered for concurrent enrolment. If students are not University of Canterbury graduates, they must include an official academic transcript from their degree-conferring university. In addition students must apply to enrol via UC Enrolments by the closing date for limited entry courses. For 2017 courses the closing date is 5 December 2016.

  5. Students previously limited out of 200 level compulsory core courses

    These students must apply to enrol in 200 level compulsory core courses via UC Enrolments by the closing date. For 2017 courses the closing date is 5 December 2016.

  6. Students seeking admission via Te Tono Motuhēhē Discretionary Entrance
    Students who wish to be considered under the above process must apply to enrol via UC Enrolments by 5 December 2016. Please also complete an application form (also available from College of Business and Law Reception) and return this form to reception by 5pm 5 December 2016.

  7. Students seeking admission via the International student quota
    International students must apply to enrol via UC Enrolments by 5 December 2016 for limited entry courses and also advise the Academic Manager by email by 5 December 2016 if they wish to be considered under the International quota.

Admission process 2017 - what is the procedure?

  • Applications cannot be considered for entry unless students have applied to enrol by the due date (see above). Do not leave your enrolment application to the last minute in case you encounter unexpected problems which result in you missing the deadline.
  • When applying to enrol all students should specify the 200 level compulsory core courses in which they seek a place rather than applying for enrolment in all five subjects.
  • The School of Law is supplied with details of all students who have applied for places in 200 level compulsory core courses.
  • The School of Law undertakes the process of allocating students places in 200 level compulsory core courses.
  • If the number of applications for individual 200 level compulsory core courses is uneven, the School of Law will re-allocate students to the courses until all 200 level compulsory core courses are full.
  • Advancing students, including transferring students, who require a certain 200 level compulsory core course to complete their LAWS200 courses are allocated places in these courses first.
  • Remaining places in 200 level compulsory core courses are allocated to students who have passed LAWS101, LAWS110 and to students transferring from other universities in order to enter 200 level compulsory core courses for the first time.
  • Quota students are allocated places in accordance with the rules governing the individual quotas.
  • The School of Law notifies students whether they have been accepted, limited out, put on the list of reserves or accepted subject to changes in their chosen courses. These letters come from the School of Law and are not the same as the notifications sent automatically to students by the Student Management System during the enrolment process. Please make sure your contact address for the period after exams is correct- this is where your letter will be sent.
  • If you receive an offer of place, you must contact the School of Law to accept, change or refuse your offer in a limited entry course. The due date for this will be included the offer letter.

Enquiries

Enquiries about limited entry to the 200 level compulsory core courses and quotas should be directed to the School of Law Academic Manager.

Enrolments

Applications to enrol are open from October 2016 and should be made through UC Enrolments.