Master of Legal Studies

University of Auckland
Auckland, New Zealand
Qualification
Master's Degree
Study mode
Full-time, Part-time
Duration
Contact the university / college
Intakes
July Mar
Total tuition fee (local)
USD 6,639
Total tuition fee (foreign)
USD 23,460

About this course

This programme is for professionals from non-legal backgrounds who require some knowledge of legal matters. With a similar structure to the Master of Laws, students can also specialise in particular areas. These specialisations are Corporate and Commercial Law, Environmental Law, Human Rights Law, International Law, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, and Public Law.

Entry Requirements

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

University of Auckland

Completed one of the following:

  • One year of postgraduate study or a four-year bachelors degree with GPA of 5.0 (Taught 120 points)
  • One year of postgraduate study or a four-year bachelors degree with GPA of 6.0 (Research 120 points)
  • A three years bachelors degree with GPA of 5.0 (Taught 180 points)
  • A three years bachelors degree with GPA of 6.0 (Research 180 points)

Another tertiary institution

Completed one of the following from a recognised university (or similar institution):

  • One year of postgraduate study or a four-year bachelors degree with GPE of 5.0 (Taught 120 points)
  • One year of postgraduate study or a four-year bachelors degree with GPE of 6.0 (Research 120 points)
  • A three years bachelors degree with GPE of 5.0 (Taught 180 points)
  • A three years bachelors degree with GPE of 6.0 (Research 180 points)

Programme-specific entry requirements for postgraduate applicants with international qualifications:

  • GPE: 5
  • Australia (%): 70-75%
  • China (%): 80-85%
  • India (%): 60-65%
  • Indonesia (GPA): 3.2-3.4
  • Iran (Grade Average): 14.5-15.0
  • Malaysia (GPA): 3.2-3.4
  • Singapore (GPA): 3.7
  • South Pacific-USP (GPA): 3.3
  • Taiwan (%): 77-82%
  • Thailand (GPA): 3.2-3.4
  • UK (%): 60-65%
  • USA (GPA): 3.2-3.4
  • Vietnam (GPA): 7.0-7.5

English language requirements

  • IELTS Academic Score: 7.0 with no bands less than 6.5

Curriculum

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.

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