Master of Laws

A Master of Laws will deepen your legal knowledge and legal research skills.

We offer a range of study options to suit your needs - you can complete the Master of Laws entirely by thesis, entirely by coursework, or through a combination of coursework and research.

One area of focus for our taught programme is advanced criminal law, enabling you to gain further expertise in that area. Other papers focus on human rights law, and indigenous rights and law.

Start date: 2019

Minimum entry requirements

  • A Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Laws (Honours) or equivalent
  • In exceptional circumstances, an applicant who does not meet the requirements above but who has extensive professional or scholarly experience of an appropriate kind, may be considered for admission
  • Applicants must demonstrate to the Dean (or representative) an ability to undertake study at postgraduate level in the proposed course of study

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) 7.0 overall with 7.0 or higher in Writing and Reading, and 6.5 in Listening and Speaking; or equivalent

Other criteria

Enrolment and completion of a short, zero points, zero tuition fees paper called Legal Research Methodology is required at the beginning of the programme for applicants whose law degree is not from a common law jurisdiction or who have had no prior grounding in legal research methods.

To qualify for the Master of Laws, you need to complete 120 points, including, if necessary, LAWS901 Legal Research Methodology.

Master of Laws by Thesis

  • A thesis of 120 points (around 40,000 words) OR
  • A thesis of 90 points (around 30,000 words) and 30 points from additional papers

The thesis question has to be approved before enrolment.

Master of Laws by Dissertation

  • A dissertation of 60 points AND
  • 60 points from additional papers

We suggest you start by completing the papers. The topic for your dissertation has to be approved.

Master of Laws by Coursework

  • 120 points from papers

Papers

Skills you will develop

The outcomes for graduates of the Master of Laws are outlined in the Graduate Profile below.

Graduate Profile

Quick facts
Programme code:
AK1044
Level:
9
Points:
120
Duration:
1 year full-time / part-time available
Campus:
City Campus
Starts:

25 Feb 2019

15 Jul 2019

Fees:
Domestic
$8,540 - $8,885
  • This represents the approximate tuition fee range based on a full-time workload of 120 points in 2019. Exact fees will depend on papers selected and may exceed this range.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year, if you are planning for beyond 2019, fees may vary from those stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay. Learn more about fees to study at AUT
International
$34,330
  • This represents the approximate tuition fee based on a full-time workload of 120 points in 2019. The exact tuition fee will depend on papers selected and may exceed this figure.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year, if you are planning for beyond 2019, the tuition fee may vary from the figure stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay. Learn more about fees to study at AUT
  • International students' tuition fees reflect the full cost of tuition. Domestic students' tuition fees are less due to a proportion of the tuition fees being funded by the New Zealand Government.

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