Faculty of Law

Faculty of Law
Faculty of Law


Victoria University of Wellington

Victoria University was founded and named after the British monarch in 1897, the year of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.  It is one of New Zealand’s oldest and most prestigious tertiary institutions with a proud tradition of academic excellence. It is located in Wellington, the capital of New Zealand.

Victoria University has four campuses, spread out over Wellington city and its suburbs.  A video tour of Victoria’s four campuses can be found at:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=EttP9FZZ7no

The Law Faculty is located on Pipitea Campus, in the heart of Wellington’s legal, government and business district and sits adjacent to Wellington’s railway station and Lambton bus interchange.  The Law Faculty is housed in the Old Government Buildings.  With the courts and parliament as its close neighbours, it is at the centre of debate, analysis and dialogue about law and legal policy issues in New Zealand.  The Law Library is located within the Law School.  The National Library and National Archives are a short walk from the Law School.

For information about accommodations, healthcare and Wellington life, check out:  http://www.victoria.ac.nz/about/explore-victoria

Information about their international exchange program can be found at:  http://www.studyabroadnz.com/exchange.html  and http://www.victoria.ac.nz/international/.

What type of courses do they offer?  Take a quick look at their current offerings: http://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/by-subject?sub=79

Term dates can be seen at http://www.victoria.ac.nz/students/study/dates . The second trimester from mid-July to mid-November works best with the sessional dates at Queen’s Faculty of Law.  The 2015-2016 term dates can be found at:  http://www.victoria.ac.nz/students/publications/dates-2015.pdf 

1. Law Students  must apply to go on exchange to Queen’s Faculty of Law  by January 9th, 2015.  The Queen’s University  application form can be found here.

2. After being selected to go on exchange by the Faculty of Law, Nancy Somers, Manager of Academic Program (somersn@queensu.ca) will forward a nomination package to VUW.

3. The nominated student must apply before May 1st online to VUW. See http://www.victoria.ac.nz/international/planning/apply-sa-ex.aspx.

4. After your application has been assessed by VUW, you will be notified whether your application has been accepted and you will be prompted to complete a course pre-approval process for at least three courses. Course approval should be done with Assistant Dean of Students, Jane Emrich (jane.emrich@queensu.ca). After pre-approval, you will complete online course enrolment and confirm during international orientation on arrival in New Zealand.  

5. Exchange Coordinator Contact:

Fiona Mann, Student Exchange Coordinator, Victoria International, Kelburn Campus, Easterfield Building, Level 2, Wellington, New Zealand  Tel:+64 4 463 6794  Fax: +64 4 463 5056  Email: fiona.mann@vuw.ac.nz

Courses at VUW, Faculty of Law: You would take 300 to 500 level LLB courses:

See http://www.victoria.ac.nz/law/study/courses.

Trimester 2, 2014  course offerings are at http://www.victoria.ac.nz/law/study/courses/electives-by-trimester#Tri2,2014

Sessional Dates:

Trimester 1: March to July

Trimester 2: July to November* (this is the only session which meshes well with sessional dates at Queen’s Faculty of Law – either a second-year or third-year student could attend in this term, subject to negotiation with employers, if applicable).  

Trimester 3: November to February (this is the NZ summer term)


Full-time Course Load:

A full-time course load is 60 points per trimester or four courses, to earn 15 transfer credits at Queen's.  The 300-level and above electives are 15 points each, and each have three hours of lectures per week for 12 weeks.

The grading system is the same as for the rest of the University:  http://www.victoria.ac.nz/students/study/progress/grades.