Course types

Learn about the postgraduate courses taught at the Auckland Law School, read our withdrawal and deletion policy and find out how our courses are structured.

2018 taught courses for LLM, MLS or PGCertLaw.

Intensive Courses

  • Courses are held throughout both semesters.
  • They’re taught predominantly by visiting guest lecturers from New Zealand and overseas.
  • They’re held over five days, usually Wednesday-Friday and the following Monday and Tuesday to allow a break over the weekend.
  • Course materials must be purchased from the University Book Shop (UBS). Students are notified by email when the materials become available.
  • Assessments are due up to 12 weeks following the last day of the course. The due dates are listed on the full course outlines. Students taking intensive courses should check both the dates of the course and the assessment dates to ensure that they fit into their workload.

Full Semester courses

  • These are held weekly over the course of a 12-week semester.
  • They are taught by the Faculty of Law and the Department of Commercial Law.

Research

Specialisation for LLM

Withdrawal and deletion policy

Full semester courses

  • You can enrol in, add or delete semester-long courses, without penalty, on Student Services Online up until the end of the second week of each semester.
  • You’re able to withdraw from semester-long courses until the third week before the end of lectures. However, tuition fees are not refundable in these cases, and a "withdrawal" will appear on your academic record. This will count as a zero towards your average grade calculation.

Intensive courses

  • At your request the Student Centre and Development Manager can delete you from intensive courses up until four weeks prior to the intensive course commencement date, without penalty.
  • If you’re unable to continue a course you need to consult with the Postgraduate Manager no later than three weeks before the due date of the research paper or the date of the examination, whichever is the later. However, tuition fees are not refundable in these cases, and a "withdrawal" will appear on your academic record. This will count as a zero towards your average grade calculation.

Programme structure

PGCertLaw

  • Compulsory course: LAW788*
  • 60 points of taught courses
  • Course length: Completion in one semester full-time or up to two years part-time

LLM/MLS/MTaxS by coursework

  • Compulsory course: LAW788*
  • 120 points of taught courses OR 90 points of taught courses OR 105 points of taught courses and a 15-point supervised research
  • Course length: Completion in one year full-time or up to four years part-time.

LLM/MLS/MTaxS by 90 point thesis

  • Compulsory course: LAW788*
  • Up to 30 points of taught courses, dissertation or supervised research
  • Research: 90 point minor thesis (30,000 words)

LLM

  • Compulsory course: LAW788*
  • Research: 120 point major thesis (40,000 words)
  • Course length: Completion in one year full-time or up to four years part-time.

PhD by thesis

  • Compulsory course: LAW788*
  • Research: PhD thesis (up to 100,000 words)
  • Programme length: Completion in 3-4 years full-time or up to 6-8 years part-time.

*Some students may be eligible for an exemption from LAW 788 Legal Research Methodology. Details of eligibility for an exemption will be provided in the course outline. Students eligible for an exemption must contact a student advisors at the Auckland Law School Student Centre to apply for the exemption to be recorded.

Note: The University requires all students admitted into a programme to complete the Academic Integrity Course in their first semester.