Prospective Students - College of Business and Law - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Information for Prospective Students

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Welcome to Business and Law at UC

Law and Business are diverse and exciting fields of study with practical applications to the world we live and work in. Whether you want to work in the private or public sector, or contribute to the wider community, our commerce and law qualifications will equip you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to succeed.

The University of Canterbury School of Law, founded in 1873 in Christchurch, in the South Island of New Zealand, 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.

The School of Business and Economics is proud to be the custodian of New Zealand's oldest Bachelor of Commerce degree, established in 1906 by Sir James Hight. We have been the choice for many distinguished New Zealanders and international alumni including New Zealand Prime Minister John Key.

Both Schools form part of the wider College of Business and Law. We are committed to offering you the opportunity to gain an internationally recognised qualification with courses underpinned by leading-edge research in a vibrant learning environment. We offer you:

  • A world-class reputation
  • High quality qualifications
  • A fantastic location and facilities
  • A very competitive cost of education

Thinking about studying Law or Criminal Justice at UC?

The UC School of Law has a strong reputation in the traditional areas of law and is also at the forefront in introducing innovative courses such as those in Antarctic Legal Studies, Media Law, Law and Sport and Computers and Law. Our Law graduates are well-prepared in all ways and highly valued by employers for careers in many countries in the legal profession, business or in governmental or non-governmental organisations.

Thinking about studying Business and Economics at UC?

From financial markets and economics, to the latest management practices and the rapidly expanding world of e-commerce, the School of Business and Economics provides the knowledge and learning environment to prepare you for a successful future. With 12 majors to choose from studying towards a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) is the perfect way to start your career in business. If you already have an undergraduate degree, we offer postgraduate and graduate qualifications that can take you to the next level.

What's it like studying Commerce and Law at UC?

Read some of our student profiles to find out what it's like to study at UC and about their university experiences.

Talk to a Student Advisor anytime

Take the next step and contact a College student advisor. They can help you with your course selection and planning your degree from first year through to graduation. It is important that you talk to a student advisor early on so you know you are meeting any pre-requisites (required courses for some degree majors) and are on track to complete your degree. Student advisors can also help with planning double majors and double degrees. Even if you are unsure of what you want to study, our student advisors are a good starting point for exploring your options at UC.

UC has a great selection of careers brochures online that cover various subjects and job opportunities that they can lead to.
Visit the Careers website to download a brochure

Good preparation is a major factor in successful study. ‌If you qualify for University Entrance, but plan on studying a subject you don't feel confident in, or if you have been away from study for a while, then the Headstart pre-university catch-up programme may be for you.
Headstart runs over the summer after NCEA results come out, usually in late January to early February.
Visit the Headstart webpage

Visit the UC Campus

UC Open Day is normally held in July and is a great opportunity to visit and explore what UC has to offer. During the year, the Liaison Office run tours of the University campus to prospective students. These give you an opportunity to see our facilities and meet with College advisors to discuss your study options. Check out campus tours and future student events

Tours of Colleges are available on the first Friday of every month (March to December) and during the school holidays. If you are interested in a College Tour please complete a College Tour Booking Form.

School group tours can be arranged on request, see