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Master's degree

Master of Laws

03 October 2023

Study a Master of Laws through Te Kaupeka Ture | Faculty of Law at University of Canterbury.


Master of Laws

Degree Structure - Duration
1–2 years full-time


Master of Laws

Degree Structure - Start In
Semester 1 or 2 (February or July)




2024 tuition fees estimate per 120 points:

  • Domestic — $7,983
  • International — $40,600


Master of Laws


The Master of Laws degree offers a choice of over 40 topics for specialised research.

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. You will get the chance to undertake research under the supervision of expert staff in Te Kaupeka Ture | Faculty of Law.

Master of Laws

Entry Requirements - Body

Entry requirements

You must have a Bachelor of Laws degree (or equivalent) with at least a B+ Grade Point Average to enrol.

If English is your additional language, you must also meet UC's English language requirements.

For the full entry requirements, see the Regulations for the Master of Laws or use the admission requirements checker.

How to apply

You can apply online at myUC. Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.

Master of Laws

Career - Body

Career opportunities

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.

Useful information:

2024 tuition fees estimate (per 120 points):

  • Domestic — $7,983
  • International — $40,600

2023 tuition fees estimate (per 120 points):

  • Domestic — $7,938
  • International — $39,000

SSL estimate (per 120 points):

  • 2024 — $1,100.40
  • 2023 — $992.40

Master of Laws

Degree Structure - Body

How do I plan my degree?

The Master of Laws may be undertaken by either:

Note: The LLM courses pathway is currently not open to new enrolments.

The LLM takes 1–2 years full-time, or 2–4 years part-time. You can begin studies in February or July (or start anytime if taking the thesis-only pathway).

For full requirements, see the Regulations for the Master of Laws.


Postgraduate Prospectus 2024

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