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Why study legal studies?

Exploring the law

Students of legal studies explore law as an integral aspect of society, investigate how laws are applied in everyday life, and consider how laws relate to and are affected by the changing needs and values of society. In doing so, students:

  • gain an informed respect for the law that enables them to operate as confident and responsible citizens in a diverse society
  • sharpen their capacity to evaluate the concepts, principles, systems, and processes of the New Zealand legal system; the history of law in New Zealand; and the significance of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Values and ethics

Discussions of legal issues offer opportunities to explore and encourage values such as diversity, equity through social justice, and ethical and respectful behaviour towards the rights of others.

Last updated February 3, 2011