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Master of Legal Studies

New Zealand

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What will I learn?

Programme overview

Our MLS is designed for professionals from non-legal backgrounds who require some knowledge of legal matters. Professionals such as accountants and auditors, architects and town planners, business development managers, compliance managers, engineers, IT professionals, police and public sector staff have greatly benefitted from this programme.

Our programme provides flexible legal study for both full-time and part-time students. You can study while you work to keep up the momentum or go full-time to get to the next level even faster. Possible to the MLS is available throughout the year providing the flexibility you need to accelerate your career.

The MLS 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. It also provides skills in legal research methodology for those without advanced skills in this area.

With over 30 taught courses to choose from you can concentrate your study in particular areas of specialisation or study a broad range of legal subjects.

The MLS can be undertaken through coursework or a combination of coursework and research.

Taught (coursework) masters

This programme allows you to study specific areas of law. The programme offers courses that provide detailed analyses of particular areas of law, as well as courses that are more policy-oriented. Each course contains a significant research component, usually in the form of a 12,500-word research essay for 30-point courses.

Combination Taught and Research masters

This programme allows you to study specific areas of law via coursework as well as conduct in-depth study in an area of personal interest to enhance employment opportunities.

Programme structure

The MLS programme offers two study pathways depending on the length of your undergraduate degree. It can be undertaken by coursework or a combination of coursework and research.

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

There are two ways to structure this degree

1. Taught masters (MLS 120 by coursework)

120 points of taught courses.

To be completed in two full-time semesters (1 year) or eight part-time semesters (4 years).

OR

2. Combination of taught and research masters (MLS 120 by 90-point thesis)

30 points of taught courses and a 90-point minor thesis (30,000 words).

To be completed in two full-time semesters (1 year) or four part-time semesters (2 years).

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

There are two ways to structure this degree:

1. Taught masters (MLS 180 by coursework)

180 points of taught courses.

To be completed in three full-time semesters (1.5 years) or twelve part-time semesters (6 years).

OR

2. Combination of taught and research masters (MLS 180 by 90-point thesis)

90 points of taught courses and a 90-point minor thesis (30,000 words).

To be completed in three full-time semesters (1.5 years) or six part-time semesters (3 years).

Flexible study

We understand that personal, family and work commitments are important factors when deciding whether to study, so we offer options to fit with your lifestyle:

Full-semester courses taught in the early evening once a week

Half-semester courses taught for six weeks of the semester in the early evening once a week

Intensively-taught courses over three to five days (usually incorporating a weekend break, ie Weds, Thurs, Fri, Mon, Tue)

Independent research programmes.

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

Majors

  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Corporate and Commercial Law
  • Environmental Law
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Which department am I in?

Faculty of Law

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
NZ$45,874.50 (US$ 29,392) per year
Tuition fee: NZ $40,948 – NZ $50,801

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

Start date

27 February 2023

Venue

University of Auckland

City Campus,

Alfred Nathan House, 24 Princes Street,

AUCKLAND CITY,

Auckland Central,

1010, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Admission to a 120 point Masters degree: Normally this requires a completed bachelor honours degree or postgraduate diploma from New Zealand, or an acceptable equivalent postgraduate qualification from a recognised university (or similar) overseas. Admission to a 180 point Masters degree: This normally requires a completed bachelor degree or postgraduate certificate from New Zealand, or an acceptable equivalent qualification from a recognised university (or similar) overseas. Previous work experience may be taken into account. Admission to a 240 point Masters degree: This normally requires a completed bachelor degree from New Zealand, or an acceptable equivalent qualification from a recognised university (or similar) overseas. Previous work experience may be taken into account. GPE - Grade Point Equivalent: 4.0; IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and no bands less than 6.0; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 68 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85

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.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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