This diploma is an excellent choice for law graduates from both New Zealand and overseas who wish to further enhance their legal knowledge.
You can focus on an area of specialisation according to your own interests or professional requirements, while updating skills and continuing professional development (it meets the requirements of the New Zealand Law Society's Continuing Professional Development).
Becoming a barrister and solicitor
Overseas practitioners or graduates who wish to be admitted to practise as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand will need to apply to the New Zealand Council of Legal Education to have their overseas legal qualifications assessed.
For more information please visit NZCLE.org.nz.
- 120 points are required.
- The programme is one year (two semesters) full-time but may be completed part-time (over any duration).
- 120 points of courses from LLB Part II, III and IV, will be required, of which at least 75 points must be from LLB Part III and IV.
- If a student wishes to enrol in an LLB Part II course, they must satisfy the Grade Point Average required for admission into LLB Part II.
- With faculty approval, in lieu of some courses from LLB Parts II, III, or IV, a student may substitute up to 30 points from courses listed in the Master of Laws programme.
- Students will be required to include LAW 700 (Legal Research Methodology) with other courses from the Master of Laws programme.
- With faculty approval, students may enrol in up to 30 points from suitable courses from Stage II or higher in relevant programmes offered elsewhere in the University.
Please ensure that you complete the Law 006 form below to select your courses for the Grad Dip in Law.
Download the Law postgraduate pathway (407KB, PDF)
You'll also need to meet other requirements, including time limits and total points limits. See Postgraduate enrolment.
2024 entry requirements
You must have completed a Bachelor of Laws or an undergraduate law degree from a recognised university (or similar institution). Law graduates from both New Zealand and overseas are able to apply.
There is no grade requirement for admission into the Graduate Diploma in Law.
Further programme requirements
If you are an international student and are taking undergraduate law courses, whether compulsory or elective, on the recommendation of the Council of Legal Education, you may take those courses for the Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate (but please note that there are limits on enrolments in courses at LLB Part II level).
For more information contact a Law Student Adviser.
English language requirements
If you are an international applicant whose first language is not English you will need to provide evidence of your English proficiency.
You will require an IELTS Academic score of 7.0 with no bands less than 6.5. See alternative English language requirements.
How much does a Graduate Diploma in Law cost per year?
- Domestic students
- International students
Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. Fees are inclusive of 15% GST, but do not include the Student Services Fee, course books, travel and health insurance, or living costs. Amounts shown are indicative only. In addition to the tuition fees, there is a Student Services Fee of $8.38 per point, estimated at $1,005.60 for full-time study (120 points). Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment into courses.
*Please note: amounts shown are indicative and estimates only.
Find out about the scholarships you may be eligible for.
Are you a New Zealand citizen or resident? You could be eligible for a student loan or allowance.
Get an idea of how much accommodation and general living in Auckland will cost.
Please note: We will consider late applications if places are still available. International students should start the application process as early as possible to allow sufficient time to apply for a visa.
Here are the start dates for the programme.
|Summer School||Starts – 5 January|
|Ends – 15 February|
|Semester One||Starts – 27 February|
|Ends – 26 June|
|Semester Two||Starts – 17 July|
|Ends – 13 November|
|Summer School||Starts – 4 January|
|Ends – 14 February|
|Semester One||Starts – 26 February|
|Ends – 24 June|
|Semester Two||Starts – 15 July|
|Ends – 11 November|
Other important dates
See important dates for the academic year, including orientation, enrolment, study breaks, exams, and graduation.
Where could this programme take you?
A Graduate Diploma in Law is an excellent choice for LLB graduates from both New Zealand and overseas who wish to further enhance their legal knowledge. It enables law graduates to focus on a new area of specialisation, update skills, continue professional development and gain an academic qualification while fulfilling professional requirements required by the NZCLE.
Jobs related to this programme
- Academia – lecturing, research
- Government – policy work, resource management, parliamentary drafting
- Law reform
- Private companies – in-house legal counsel, tax, property, management consultant, regulation, compliance, human resources
- Private practice – barrister, solicitor
- Public service – prosecution, defence
Student career planning service
Once you become a student at the University, you can get help with planning and developing your career from Career Development and Employability Services.