Duration
Full-time: 1 Year
Part-time: Varies
Next start date
2017 Late Year Semester – 1 December
2018 Semester One – 26 February
Available locations
City
Points
120
Programme type
Postgraduate
Taught & research options available

Programme overview

The LLM is designed to provide an advanced level of study for both full-time students and those who are legal practitioners or engaged in other full- or part-time employment. It can be undertaken by coursework, research or a combination of both. You can choose from over 25 taught courses and entry to the LLM is available throughout the year.

You can concentrate your study in particular areas of specialisation or study a broad range of legal subjects.

  • The LLM taught (coursework) allows you to study areas in greater depth and complexity than at undergraduate level. The programme offers courses that provide detailed analyses of particular areas of law, as well as courses that are more policy-oriented.
  • The LLM by research allows you to conduct in-depth study in an area of personal interest to enhance employment opportunities either professionally or academically.

Each course contains a significant research component, usually in the form of a 12,500- word research essay for 30-point courses. The LLM also permits cross-disciplinary study in the form of one or two masters courses (up to 30 points) from another faculty at the University of Auckland.

This programme has guaranteed scholarships.

Programme structure

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. There are four to choose from:

  • Full-semester courses taught in the early evening once a week.
  • Half-semester courses taught in the early evening twice a week.
  • Intensively-taught courses over three to five days (usually with a weekend break, eg Weds, Thurs, Fri, Mon, Tue).
  • Independent research programmes.

Taught (coursework) masters (120 points)

A taught masters can be structured in the following three ways:

120 points of taught courses
OR
90 points of taught courses and a 30-point dissertation
OR
105 points of taught courses and a 15-point supervised research

  • All three options are to be completed in one year full-time or up to four years part-time.

Research masters (90-point thesis):

Up to 30 points of taught courses, dissertation or supervised research and a 90-point thesis (30,000 words)

  • To be completed in one year full-time or up to two years part-time.

Research masters (120-point thesis):

120-point thesis (40,000 words)

  • To be completed in one year full-time or up to four years part-time.
The LLM programme also provides skills in legal research methodology for those without advanced skills in this area.

2017 entry requirements

My highest qualification is from:

Programme requirements

Minimum programme requirements

Minimum requirements listed here are the likely grades required and do not guarantee entry. We assess each application individually and applicants may require a higher grade to be offered a place.

  • Taught 120 points GPA Grade Point Average 5.0

    Bachelor of Laws

  • Research 120 points GPA Grade Point Average 6.0

    Bachelor of Laws

Further programme requirements

Select your study option:

You must have completed a Bachelor of Laws with a GPA of 5.0.

You must have completed a Bachelor of Laws with a GPA of 6.0.

Other pathways to study

If you have completed a Bachelor of Laws or an undergraduate law degree but you do not meet the grade requirements for direct admission into the Master of Laws programme you may apply for the Postgraduate Certificate in Law (PGCertLaw) pathway.

Under the PGCertLaw, you must complete at least 60 points of postgraduate law courses, with a B average, to gain admission into the LLM programme. The 60 points completed under the PGCertLaw may then be re-assigned to the LLM programme.

Programme requirements

Minimum programme requirements

Minimum requirements listed here are the likely grades required and do not guarantee entry. We assess each application individually and applicants may require a higher grade to be offered a place.

  • Taught 120 points GPE Grade Point Equivalent 5.0

    Bachelor of Laws

  • Research 120 points GPE Grade Point Equivalent 6.0

    Bachelor of Laws

  • IELTS Academic International English Language Testing System 7.0

Further programme requirements

Select your study option:

You must have completed a Bachelor of Laws or an undergraduate law degree from a recognised university (or similar institution) with a GPA of 5.0.

You must have completed a Bachelor of Laws or an undergraduate law degree from a recognised university (or similar institution) with a GPA of 6.0.

Other pathways to study

If you have completed a Bachelor of Laws or an undergraduate law degree from a recognised university (or similar institution) but do not meet the grade requirements for direct admission into the Master of Laws programme you may apply for the Postgraduate Certificate in Law (PGCertLaw) pathway.

Under the PGCertLaw, you must complete at least 60 points of postgraduate law courses, with a B average, to gain admission into the LLM programme. The 60 points completed under the PGCertLaw may then be re-assigned to the LLM programme.

How much does a Master of Laws cost per year?

2017 fees

Domestic students
NZ$8,263 – $9,714*
International students
NZ$32,392*

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. 2017 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 $6.38 per point, estimated at $765.60 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 financial support options

Scholarships and awards

Find out about the scholarships you may be eligible for.

Student loans and allowances

Are you a New Zealand citizen or resident? You could be eligible for a student loan and allowance.

Cost of living

Get an idea of how much accommodation and general living in Auckland will cost.

Key dates

1 December start available for 120-point research masters only, subject to supervisor availability.

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.

Application closing dates

Semester One 2018
8 December 2017
Semester Two 2018
4 July 2018

Start dates

Here are the start dates for the programme.

Other important dates

See important dates for the academic year, including orientation, enrolment, study breaks, exams, and graduation.

Where could this programme take you?

The detailed analyses of particular areas of law, as well as courses that are more policy-oriented, make the LLM taught (coursework) an effective pathway to take your legal knowledge and transferable skills to the next level. The in-depth study required in the LLM by research can enhance employment opportunities either professionally or academically.

Jobs related to this programme

Some career paths may require further study.

  • Academic, teaching
  • Barrister, solicitor
  • Financial adviser, strategic policy planner
  • Foreign policy official
  • Policy analyst in public or private sector
  • Research counsel
  • Resource management officer, property consultant
  • Tax adviser, auditor, revenue assessment officer

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