NCEA Level 3 Law and Society

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: J. Hurst

Recommended Prior Learning

Level 2 Law is of benefit but not essential.

No entry requirements.

The course aims to give students an in-depth knowledge, understanding and appreciation of New Zealand's Legal System so they can participate and contribute to society as informed and responsible citizens.

This course is valuable for students who wish to study Law or Criminal Justice at the tertiary level or have a career which is linked to the Legal System. E.g. the Police or Ministry of Justice. Students do not need to have studied Level 2 Law (although it is an advantage) in order to study Level 3 Law. 

The Unit Standards offered are assessed offering Achieved, Merit and Excellence grades which can be counted towards an endorsed Level 3 NCEA qualification.  If a student selects the Law Unit Standards they will follow a mostly self-led course.


  • Evaluate a concept of democracy;
  • Evaluate a concept of justice;
  • Evaluate a concept of law (negligence);
  • Evaluate litigation and dispute resolution; and
  • Evaluate a law making process.

There is no end of year external examination for the Unit Standards offered.

There may be the potential for some Senior Social Studies Achievement Standards which will run alongside the Law Unit Standards offered. These will cover the follow topics:

  • How Ideologies Shape Society
  • Social Actions which influence policy change
  • Social Inquiry 
  • Social action campaign 

There is an end of year external examination for then Achievement Standards offered. 

Students will have the opportunity to construct the structure of their own course alongside the teacher. Should the student select to take all of the Social Studies Achievement standards they will qualify for University Entrance and a subject endorsement. 

This course is not a University Entrance approved subject if you select the Unit Standards.

Please note, not all 44 credits will be offered.


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.