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Regulations - Law

The Degree of Juris Doctor – JD

Subject to CUAP approval

The regulations for this degree are to be read in conjunction with all other relevant statutes and regulations including the Academic Statutes and Regulations.


1 In order to be admitted to this degree, a student must have completed the requirements for a Bachelors degree in any discipline, except New Zealand Common Law, with a Grade Point Average of 5.0 or higher calculated across the entire duration of the degree, or the equivalent as approved by the Dean of Law.

2 In exceptional circumstances the Dean of Law may approve the admission of a student who has not met the requirements in Regulation 1 but who has at least three years of relevant work experience (or equivalent part time) deemed to be the equivalent to a Bachelors degree and has demonstrated the capacity to undertake advanced study, scholarship and research in the courses required for this degree.

Duration and Total Points Value

3 A student admitted to this degree must:

a pass courses with a total value of 360 points


b complete within the time limit specified in the General Regulations – Masters Degrees


c not exceed 405 points for the total enrolment for this degree.

Structure and Content

4 A student enrolled for this degree must complete:

a the requirements as listed in the Juris Doctor Schedule

b the University of Auckland Academic Integrity course as specified in the Enrolment and Programme Regulations, Academic Integrity, of the University Calendar.


5 The Juris Doctor may be awarded with Distinction or Merit in accordance with the University’s General Regulations – Masters Degrees.


6 In exceptional circumstances Senate or its representative may approve a personal programme of study which does not conform to these regulations.


7 These regulations will come into force on 1 January 2025.

Juris Doctor (JD) Schedule


Compulsory Courses (225 points)

Level 8: JUR 701–713

Level 9: JUR 791


Elective Courses

135 points of which at least 15 points must be a Level 9 course from LAWCOMM 702–797, LAWENVIR 702–785, LAWGENRL 702–785, LAWPUBL 705–785 or other 700 level courses approved by the Dean of Law