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Master of Legal Studies University of Auckland

New Zealand

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Summary

A masters degree for professionals who do not have an undergraduate law degree but whose work involves, or who have a personal interest in, legal issues and dealing with legislation.

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.

Programme structure

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).

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).

Both programmes also provides skills in legal research methodology for those without advanced skills in this area.

Subjects available in this programme

  • Corporate and Commercial Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • International Law
  • Litigation and Dispute Settlement Resolution
  • Public Law

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

Further study options

  • Doctor of Philosophy

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Master of Legal Studies.

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees

NZ$43,690.00 (23,29,463) per year

Tuition fee: NZ $38,998 – NZ $48,382

*Price shown is for indicative purpose, please check with institution

From

19-Jul-21, 01-Dec-21

Venue

University of Auckland

City Campus,

Alfred Nathan House, 24 Princes Street,

AUCKLAND CITY,

Auckland Central,

1010, New Zealand

Entry requirement for international students

Taught 120 points: 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.

Research 120 points: 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.

Taught 180 points: You must have completed a three-year bachelors degree. You will need a GPE of 5.0 from your most recent 120 points.

Research 180 points: You must have completed a three-year bachelor’s degree. You will need a GPE of 6.0 from your most recent 120 points.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 7.0 no bands less than 6.5.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

Scholarships

Here are some scholarship that are available at University of Auckland.

University of Auckland Rutherford Fellowship PhD Scholarship in the Philosophy of Law

Value of scholarship

NZ $27,600 pa plus compulsory fees and international health insurance (if required)

Application details:

You do not need to apply for this scholarship or complete an online application form. It is awarded on the recommendation of the relevant faculty or University of Auckland committee.

Eligibility requirements:

The main purpose of the Scholarship is to support a PhD student at the University of Auckland who is undertaking research in the philosophy of law, focusing on relations between state and other legal orders.

The Scholarship may be awarded only to new students applying for admission to a PhD in the Law at the University of Auckland who meet all the requirements of these regulations.

The Scholarship is tenable by full-time international students who are eligible to pay domestic fees.

Tenure: Up to 36 months

Who can apply:

All international

Postgraduate Awards

Value of scholarship

5,33,180 total value

Application details:

Application for the award shall be made in writing to: Faculty of Law , University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland 1142.

Closing date: 30 January and 30 June of every academic year

Eligibility requirements:

The Awards were established by the Faculty of Law to encourage and support academically outstanding students to undertake a Master of Laws, Master of Legal Studies and Master of Taxation Studies at the Auckland Law School. 

The awards are intended to cover a substantial amount of the recipients’ costs. The awards will be made by the Dean of Law (or their nominee), upon the recommendation of a selection committee. The awards will be made on the basis of academic merit.

Tenure: One year

Who can apply:

All international

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