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This Master of Legal Studies from University of Auckland is 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.

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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 Master of Legal Studies from University of Auckland  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.

Career

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.

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 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.  

Key information

Start dates & application deadlines

Language

English
IELTS or TOEFL needed

Credits

120 alternative credits

120 or 180

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
7 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
90 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

Taught/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 5.0/6.0 from your most recent full-time year of study.

Taught/Research 180 points

  • You must have completed a three-year bachelors degree. You will need a GPE of 5.0/6.0 from your most recent 120 points.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22718 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22718 USD per year and a duration of  .
  • National

    5789 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5789 USD per year and a duration of  .
  • Domestic: NZ$8,596.80 – $10,106.40
  • International: NZ$34,012 – $35,712

Funding

Are you an international student considering studying at the University of Auckland or already studying here? You may be eligible for a scholarship.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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