There are two MLS degree study pathways. Which pathway is right for you will depend on your background.
The 120-point MLS is designed for people with higher academic qualifications and more experience with legal issues. The 180-point MLS (pending approval to begin in 2018) is designed for people with a bachelors degree who have no, or limited, experience studying law.
The 120-point research masters pathway needs to be completed in two full-time semesters (1 year) or 4 part-time (2 years). For a taught masters it needs to be completed in two full-time semesters (1 year) or eight part-time (4 years).
The 180-point research masters pathway needs to be completed in three full-time semesters (1.5 years) or six semesters part-time (3 years). For a taught masters it needs to be completed in three semesters full-time (1.5 years) or 12 part-time (6 years).
Both programmes also provides skills in legal research methodology for those without advanced skills in this area.
Taught masters (120-point):
120 points of taught courses
90 points of taught courses and a 30-point dissertation
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.
Taught Masters (180-point):
30 points LAW701, 105 points of taught courses and a 45-point dissertation
- To be completed in 1.5 years full-time or up to six years part-time.
Research Masters (180-point):
Up to 30 points of taught courses, dissertation or a supervised research and a 90-point thesis (30,000 words)
- To be completed in 1.5 years full-time or up to three years part-time.
Note: The individual programme of each applicant must be approved by the Associate Dean (Postgraduate). Applicants may also be required to take LAW 131 (Legal Method) before enrolment is confirmed. Completion of this degree will not satisfy the entry requirements for admission as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand and is not a substitute for an LLB degree.