Master of Laws
The Master of Laws degree offers a choice of over 40 topics for either general study or specialised research. It is a very flexible programme, offering participants the ability to study by thesis alone, or by combining short research paper courses and a dissertation.
LLM students develop in-depth expertise in particular fields of legal specialisation, broaden their knowledge in a range of legal subjects, and combine law study with related disciplines. Students get the chance to undertake research under the supervision of expert staff in the School of Law. UC ranks in the top 150 universities in the world for Law (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2017).
Normally the minimum requirement is a bachelor’s degree from a New Zealand university, or a qualification or combination of qualifications considered to be equivalent. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to make sure they are of an equivalent standard.
You are also required to meet the UC’s English language requirements.
Qualification specific requirements
Candidates must have a Bachelor of Laws degree (or equivalent) with good grades.
Qualification structure and duration
The Master of Laws may be undertaken by:
- completing four research paper courses and a dissertation (LAWS 674 Dissertation), or
- by thesis only (LAWS 690 LLM Thesis).
The LLM takes one to two years full-time or two to four years part-time. Students can begin their studies in February or July (or start anytime if taking the thesis-only pathway).
Subjects and courses
For the up-to-date schedule of courses, see the Regulations for the Master of Laws.
How to apply
Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
The School of Law also offers a Doctor of Philosophy in Law.
Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.
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For full requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Laws.
For study planning help contact the School of Law or the College of Business and Law:
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