Further legal study

Broaden your academic, research and employment horizons while adding value with specialist skills and knowledge.

Postgraduate study in law is increasingly important in a globalised world as careers demand more focused, sophisticated and advanced legal expertise.

Whether you plan to join the next generation of leading lawyers in New Zealand or strive to become a leader internationally, a postgraduate law qualification from the Auckland Law School will help you stand out among your peers.

About our programmes

Our postgraduate programmes allow you to specialise in areas that are important to employers and suit your academic interests.

The programmes attract a diverse mix of new graduates, all of whom bring their differing perspectives and talents to the postgraduate seminars. This includes:

  • Experienced practitioners
  • Partners and industry professionals
  • International students from various jurisdictions.

Postgraduate programmes offered by the Law School

Postgraduate Certificate in Law

The PGCertLaw is effectively half of a Master of Laws (LLM) degree or Master of Legal Studies (MLS) degree. If you have limited time or wish to study only a few select courses, this programme is ideal.

Master of Laws

The Master of Laws is for those pursuing a legal career in New Zealand or internationally.

Master of Legal Studies

The Master of Legal Studies allows other professionals in areas such as planning, education, engineering and commerce to take law courses of relevance to their profession.

Master of Taxation Studies

The Master of Taxation Studies is for law or commerce graduates who intend to make tax consulting or tax advocacy their career.

Doctor of Philosophy

The PhD in Law is an advanced degree awarded for an original contribution to research and academic debate in a student’s chosen legal specialisation, with the findings presented in a substantial thesis.

The PhD provides an ideal qualification for individuals wishing to pursue an academic or research career, or legal specialisation.

Specialisations and subject groups

Specialisations enable you to focus your programme on a particular area of study while allowing you the opportunity to pursue other areas of interest.

You can elect to have your LLM or MLS degree awarded in:

  • Corporate and Commercial Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • International Law
  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Public Law

To learn more about our optional specialisations, visit Postgraduate specialisations in Study options.

Flexible learning

Our postgraduate programmes are structured to allow you maximum flexibility. We understand that personal, family and work commitments are important factors when deciding whether to study, so we offer options that fit with your lifestyle.

Study programmes are designed with the flexibility to cater to a diverse range of people, from legal practitioners to full-time students. There are four to choose from:

  • Full semester courses taught in the early evening
  • Half-semester courses
  • Intensively-taught courses over three to five days
  • Independent research programmes

Research centres

Academic staff specialisations

Our school boasts a wide roster of academic staff members, many of whom are international leaders in their field. They are available to supervise LLM or PhD dissertations or theses in their area of expertise. They also teach on the LLM, MLS and MTaxS programmes throughout the year.

To access our academic research clusters and find out what areas of research academic staff are currently working on, visit our research clusters page. 

To browse our list of academic staff members and their preferred areas of research supervision, view our Academic staff specialisations page.