Duration
Full-time: Varies
Part-time: Varies
Next start date
2017 Late Year Term – 1 December
2018 Semester One – 26 February
Available locations
City
Points
180
Programme type
Postgraduate
Taught & research options available

Programme overview

Suited to professionals from non-legal backgrounds who require some knowledge of legal matters. Professionals who will particularly benefit include accountants and auditors, architects and town planners, business development managers, compliance managers, engineers, IT professionals, police and public sector staff.

This programme has a similar structure to the Master of Laws and offers six specialisations: Corporate and Commercial Law, Environmental Law, Human Rights Law, International Law, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, and Public Law.

The MLS allows cross-disciplinary study of postgraduate courses from other University of Auckland faculties, enabling you to advance your professional skills while acquiring knowledge of the law.

The 120-point MLS option is available to professionals with a four-year degree.

The 180-point MLS option is available to professionals with a three-year degree.

For more information contact our Postgraduate Adviser Angela Vaai.

Programme structure

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
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.

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.

2018 entry requirements

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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.

  • Study option
    Taught 120 points
    Grade required
    GPA Grade Point Average 5.0

    One year of postgraduate study or a four-year bachelors degree

  • Study option
    Research 120 points
    Grade required
    GPA Grade Point Average 6.0

    One year of postgraduate study or a four-year bachelors degree

Further programme requirements

Select your study option:

You must have completed a four-year bachelors degree or a bachelors degree followed by an additional year of postgraduate study. You will need a GPA of 5.0 from your most recent 120-points.

You must have completed a four-year bachelors degree or a bachelors degree followed by an additional year of postgraduate study. You will need a GPA of 6.0 from your most recent 120-points.

Other pathways to study

If you do not meet the grade requirements for direct entry to the Master of Legal Studies (MLS) programme you may apply for the Postgraduate Certificate in Law (PGCertLaw) pathway.

Under the PGCertLaw, you must complete at least 60 points (one semester full-time study) of postgraduate law courses, with a B average, to gain admission into the MLS programme.

The 60 points completed under the PGCertLaw may then be re-assigned to the MLS 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.

  • Study option
    Taught 120 points
    Grade required
    GPE Grade Point Equivalent 5.0

    One year of postgraduate study or a four-year bachelors degree

  • Study option
    Research 120 points
    Grade required
    GPE Grade Point Equivalent 6.0

    One year of postgraduate study or a four-year bachelors degree

  • Qualification
    IELTS Academic International English Language Testing System
    Score required
    7.0

Further programme requirements

Select your study option:

You must have completed a four-year undergraduate degree or an undergraduate degree followed by an additional year of postgraduate study. Your study must have been at a recognised university (or similar institution) and you will need a GPE of 5.0 from your most recent full-time year of study.

You must have completed a four-year undergraduate degree or an undergraduate degree followed by an additional year of postgraduate study. Your study must have been at a recognised university (or similar institution) and you will need a GPE of 6.0 from your most recent full-time year of study.

Other pathways to study

If you do not meet the grade requirements for direct admission into the Master of Legal Studies (MLS) programme you may apply for the Postgraduate Certificate in Law (PGCertLaw) pathway.

Under the PGCertLaw, you must complete at least 60 points (one semester full-time study) of postgraduate law courses, with a B average, to gain admission into the MLS programme.

The 60 points completed under the PGCertLaw may then be re-assigned to the MLS programme.

How much does a Master of Legal Studies cost per year?

2018 fees

Domestic students
NZ$8,428.80 – $9,908.40*
International students
NZ$34,012*

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. 2018 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 $6.78 per point, estimated at $813.60 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.

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Key dates

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

Application closing dates

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

Start dates

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Other important dates

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Where could this programme take you?

As the MLS is tailored to professionals from non-legal backgrounds who require some knowledge of legal matters, but who do not necessarily want to practise law, there is a wide range of professionals who will benefit. Please note that 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.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Accountants and auditors
  • Architects and town planners
  • Business development managers and compliance managers
  • Engineers
  • IT professionals
  • Police
  • Public sector staff

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