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Law  is a system of rules and guidelines which are enforced through social institutions to govern behavior, wherever possible. It shapes politics, economics and society in numerous ways and serves as a social mediator of relations between people. Contract law regulates everything from buying a bus ticket to trading on derivatives markets.

Property law defines rights and obligations related to the transfer and title of personal and real property. Trust law applies to assets held for investment and financial security, while tort law allows claims for compensation if a person's rights or property are harmed. If the harm is criminalised in legislation, criminal law offers means by which the state can prosecute the perpetrator. Constitutional law provides a framework for the creation of law, the protection of human rights and the election of political representatives. Administrative law is used to review the decisions of government agencies, while international law governs affairs between sovereign states in activities ranging from trade to environmental regulation or military action. Writing in 350 BC, the Greek philosopher Aristotle declared, "The rule of law is better than the rule of any individual."

  • Otago Law

    Otago Law

    Law is one of the University's longest established disciplines, lectures having started in July 1873, just two years after the University itself opened. Today the Faculty of Law has 26 full-time teaching staff, drawn from seven different countries, 12 part-time teaching staff, and the equivalent of approximately 800 full-time students, the majority from outside the immediate region.
  • Wellington Law

    Wellington Law

    Position in the legal decision-making district of Wellington means they offer students, staff and visitors a unique university experience. With the courts and parliament as our close neighbours, they are at the centre of debate, analysis and dialogue about law and legal policy issues in New Zealand.
  • Waikato Law

    Waikato Law

    The Law Faculty was founded in 1990 and adopted the principles of professionalism, biculturalism and the study of law in context. The challenge for the Faculty now is to interpret each of these against a background of social and economic change.
  • Canterbury Law

    Canterbury Law

    The University of Canterbury School of Law, founded in 1873, is well established as one of the leading research and teaching Law Schools in New Zealand. With a long history of academic scholarship, the UC School of Law enjoys a well-deserved reputation for excellence in teaching, high quality writing and research as well as for producing outstanding graduates.
  • Auckland Law

    Auckland Law

    The Faculty of Law offers outstanding opportunities for postgraduate legal research. The faculty welcomes visiting lecturers from esteemed universities and Law Schools such as the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, Harvard Law School, Michigan Law School, William and Mary and many others, to teach on its intensive programmes.
  • AUT Law

    AUT Law

    AUT is committed to producing law graduates who thrive in the changing world of work and can think critically and constructively about society. Graduates are eligible to gain admission as barristers and solicitors of the high court of New Zealand on completion of the New Zealand Law Society’s professional legal studies course.We cover all aspects of law, including:
  • Bay Polytechnic Law

    Bay Polytechnic Law

    Many people who apply are unsuccessful because they fail the entry examination. Improve your charces by joining our 12 week programme: 90% of students who complete it go on to pass the Police entry exam.


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Last Updated: 30 November 2009
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