Master of Legal Studies

University of Auckland

Program Description

Master of Legal Studies

University of Auckland

Master of Legal Studies

The Masters of Legal Studies (MLS) is for graduates who do not have a Law undergraduate degree but whose work involves legal issues and dealing with legislation. 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.

The MLS suits professionals from non-legal backgrounds who find that their careers require some knowledge of legal matters, but do not necessarily want to practise law. 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.

The programme has a similar structure to the LLM and offers six specialisations: Commercial and Corporate Law, Public Law, Environmental Law, Human Rights Law, International Law and Litigation and Dispute Resolution.

MLS by coursework

The MLS by coursework offers law graduates an opportunity to study areas in greater depth and complexity in an undergraduate programme. Courses offered in the MLS by coursework programme combine a degree of sophistication or technical difficulty in terms of legal content with a substantial consideration of relevant interdisciplinary aspects of the subject matter and a focus on policy. Each course contains a significant research component.

MLS by research

The LLM by research offers graduates the opportunity to conduct in-depth research in an area of personal interest to enhance future employment opportunities either professionally or academically.

90-point thesis

The MLS degree may be completed by one 30-point Masters-level course or Dissertation at the Faculty of Law and a 90-point thesis.

Research portfolio – 90 points

The purpose of Research Portfolios is to accommodate those students who wish to engage in more sustained research than the taught programme offers, but who do not wish to write a thesis on a single topic.

Dissertation

Students may complete a 30 point dissertation as part of their taught courses.

Programme highlights

  • The Auckland Law School offers the largest and most diverse range of postgraduate law taught courses in New Zealand.
  • Our postgraduate programmes have a strong international focus.
  • Our academic staff are at the forefront of their areas of expertise, nationally and internationally.
  • High calibre teaching and research supervision.
  • Start any time during the year: our postgraduate programmes are structured to allow maximum flexibility.
  • The Auckland Law School is home to a number of research centres of excellence, including the New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law, The New Zealand Centre for Human Rights Law, Policy and Practice and the Research Centre for Business Law.
  • The faculty’s Davis Law Library is the most comprehensive law library in New Zealand.

Career opportunities

  • Research counsel
  • Policy analyst in public or private sector; foreign policy clerk
  • Tax adviser, auditor, revenue assessment officer
  • Financial adviser, strategic policy planner
  • Mediator
  • Resource management officer, property consultant
This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated May 9, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Feb. 2017
July 2016
Duration
Duration
1 year
Full time
Price
Price
31,510 NZD
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Start date July 2016
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