Law programmes

Find out what you can study as an undergraduate or a postgraduate at the Auckland Law School.

Undergraduate law programmes

Bachelor of Laws (LLB)

The LLB is a 4-year degree and can be studied as part of a conjoint degree.

Unlike other degrees, the Bachelor of Law (LLB) degree does not have a major attached to it. Everyone who earns an LLB degree gains a broad background in the law. The degree is a combination of law compulsory courses, law elective courses, non-law courses from another degree programme and one General Education course. A wide range of law elective courses is available, including Commercial, Public, Criminal, International, Family, Intellectual Property, Healthcare and Environmental Law.

We advise all international Bachelor of Law (LLB) applicants to start their programme in semester one. If a student wishes to start in semester two then please speak with our International Student Adviser.

If you are a graduate, speak to our International Student Advisor about how you can work towards a degree in Law.

Please note:

There is no direct entry from secondary school into LLB Part II. You must first enrol in another university degree programme and also complete all LLB Part I pre-requisite courses. Not all students who complete Part I will be able to continue on to LLB Part II. Admission to Part II is limited and competitive. Your Part I results and results from your other university courses will be used to assess whether or not you will be selected for Part II. You will be selected on the basis of academic merit using grades awarded on your previous university studies. Special entry schemes for admission are available for domestic students. Selection and admission criteria for entry to LLB Part II may change each year.

The above is subject to change each year

International Student Advisor - Angela Vaai

Law Student Centre
Address: Level 2, 1-11 Short Street
Phone: +64 9 923 1973 or +64 9 923 1973
Email: or

Postgraduates law programmes

Master of Laws (LLM)

Our LLM is a one-year programme and can be undertaken as either a coursework or a research masters. Students can choose from over twenty five taught courses and entry to the LLM is available throughout the year.

Our LLM programme offers six specialisations:

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

Master of Legal Studies (MLS)

The Masters of Legal Studies (MLS) is for graduates who do not have a law undergraduate degree but whose work involves legal issues and dealing with legislation.

Master of Taxation Studies (MTaxS)

The Master of Taxation Studies (MTaxS) programme is designed for both law and commerce graduates who intend to make tax advocacy or tax consulting their career.

Overseas law graduates

If you are an overseas law graduate or practitioner and you wish to practise law in New Zealand, you will first need to apply to the New Zealand Council of Legal Education (NZCLE) for assessment of your qualifications and experience.

For more information and a list of documents that are needed for your submission, visit the New Zealand Council of Legal Education.

Students who are required to take more than one law course may wish to consider applying for the Graduate Diploma in Law or the Graduate Certificate in Law. These graduate qualifications enable law graduates to gain an academic qualification while fulfilling professional requirements required by the NZCLE and even focus in a new area of specialisation if they wish to do so.

Student Exchange

If you are an international law student enrolled in your first law degree and your home university appears in the 360 International list of exchange partners, you may be eligible to study for one or two semesters at the Auckland Law School.

You must apply through the international office at your home university. Contact them for information on application and selection requirements.

Study abroad

Even if your home university does not appear in the 360 International list of exchange partners, you may wish to consider studying at our Faculty of Law as a study abroad student.

"Study abroad" refers to inbound overseas students who pay tuition fees to the University of Auckland rather than to their home universities, but who still come to study at our law faculty for one or two semesters as part of their overseas law degree. International students studying for their first law degree should apply to enrol in our law elective courses.