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.
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
- IT professionals
- Public sector staff
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- 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.
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- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
- Apply before
120 or 180
DisciplinesCivil & Private Law Public Law Legal Studies View 6 other Masters in Legal Studies in New Zealand
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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.
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International25983 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 25983 USD per year during 12 months.
National5905 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 5905 USD per year during 12 months.
- Domestic: NZ$8,864.40 – $18,820.80
- International: NZ$38,998 – $48,382
Living costs for Auckland
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.