NCEA Level 2 Law

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: J. Hurst

Recommended Prior Learning

No entry requirements.

The course aims to give students knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the New Zealand legal system so they can operate as informed, confident and responsible citizens. Level 2 Law allows students the opportunity to get a holistic insight into the different parts of the Legal System both in New Zealand and around the world. 

The course is internally assessed through Unit Standards.  The criteria the Unit Standards are assessed against are Excellence, Merit and Achieved which are able to be counted towards an endorsed Level 2 NCEA. There is no end of year examination.

Level 2 Law is also a valuable course for students who are interested in studying Law,  Criminal Justice, pursuing a career in the Police Force or working for the Justice Department.


  • Concepts of law;
  • Concepts of justice;
  • Concepts of democracy and government in a New Zealand context;
  • Litigation and dispute resolution processes;
  • Law making process; and
  • Legal rights and personal responsibility of secondary students.

This course has the potential to lead to a University Entrance approved subject depending on the pathway you select in Level 3 Law.


Social Science

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery


Pathway Tags

Urban/Regional Planner, Immigration Officer, Intelligence Officer, Construction and Infrastructure, Secondary Tertiary Lecturer, Geologist, Meteorologist, Travel Agent/Adviser, Historian, Translator, Archivist, Conservator, Curator, Librarian, Library Assistant, Author, Journalist, Elected Government Representative, Policy Analyst, Barrister, Judge, Legal Executive, Solicitor, Records Adviser, Retail and Personal Services, Airline attendant, Concierge, Cruise ship director, Recreation worker, Hotel or Restaurant Manager, Travel agent, Food and beverage director, Casino manager, Chef, Event Manager., Library Assistant


For NCEA Levels 1, 2 & 3 courses will be made up of a selection of the stated standards. This will happen at the beginning of the year with the assigned teacher.