Master of Laws (LLM)

Choose from our 2016 taught courses

Auckland Law School's Master of Laws (LLM) suits full and part time students, who can select from a suite of three or five day courses, Saturday courses and half or full semester evening courses. Whether you are a pratitioner keen to upskill in an area, a local graduate looking to specialise or international student looking to gain a qualification from a leading Law School, our LLM will give you the flexibility and choice you are looking for. Students can choose from over twenty five taught courses and entry to the LLM is available throughout the year.

You can choose to complete your LLM by the traditional thesis route, through our ever popular taught courses, or a mixture of the two.

LLM student
Kya Lal - Master of Laws graduate. Read her story below.

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

Approval to undertake the degree by major thesis usually requires a GPE of 6.0 or higher, or an LLB(Hons) degree.

The LLM by coursework offers the an opportunity to study areas in greater depth and complexity than within an undergraduate law degree. Our taught courses combine sophistication and technical difficulty in terms of legal content with relevant interdisciplinary subject matter and a focus on policy. Each course contains a significant research component, which is usually a 12,500 word research essay. You can also study one Masters course (30 points) from another faculty in the University of Auckland.

Our LLM programme offers six specialisations:

  • Commercial and Corporate Law
  • Public Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • International Law
  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution

2017 Postgraduate Timetable

For further information contact our Student Centre:

Postgraduate Student Advisor - Angela Vaai
Law Student Centre
Level 2, 1-11 Short St
Phone: 09 923 1973

“I absolutely loved the LLM programme. I was able to deeply research topics I was passionate about, and the flexible structure gave me lots of choice in the way I studied. The small class sizes and lecturer to student ratio made for a very supportive learning environment.

“I had always thought about undertaking postgraduate study, and I chose the Auckland Law School because it offered me the best programme for what I wanted to achieve. Through my specialisation, Environmental Law, I was able to focus on the legal impacts and implications of climate change in the Pacific. I loved being able to join my two key research areas under one umbrella.

“I am hoping my qualification will allow me to pursue my dream of working with Pacific communities, countries and governments around the issue of climate change in the Pacific region.

“Another reason I enjoyed my time at Law School was the support network – especially the Pacific Islands Law Students’ Association. It’s an amazing community and I had both mentors and friends within it. There are a lot of support services available to Pacific students.

“A postgraduate law degree gives you the ability to think critically, research deeply and articulate findings. I am very excited about my future career and where my LLM will take me.”

Kya Lal recently graduated with a Master of Laws (First Class Honours), specialising in Environmental Law.


Choose between taught courses and research, or a combination of both.

Research and taught courses make-up

If you aren't ready to commit to an LLM or an MLS right now you can start with a PGCertLaw.

GPA requirements

Auckland Law School LLM Awards

Are you an outstanding student? Up to two Auckland Law School LLM Awards are awarded each year to encourage and support academically outstanding students to undertake a Masters of Laws (LLM) at Auckland Law School.

The awards are intended to cover at least half the recipients’ costs. An Auckland Law School LLM Award is worth up to $25,000 if awarded to a student paying international fees or $15,000 for a student paying domestic fees.

See here for more information.

Applications are being accepted through to 31 January 2017. Apply now!

Postgraduate Certificate in Law (PGCertLaw)

Not ready to commit to a full LLM? The Postgraduate Certificate in Law (PGCertLaw) is effectively half of an LLM or MLS degree. It is ideal if you have a limited amount of time, are looking to fulfil your CPD requirement or only want to take a couple of particularly relevant courses.

PGCertLaw student
Vincent Burns - Postgraduate Certificate in Law student

For some students the PGCertLaw also serves as a pathway to the LLM or MLS degrees. Students who achieve a GPA of 5.0 or higher in their PGCertLaw courses may apply to transfer to the LLM or MLS degree, on the condition that they meet all the other entry requirements for the relevant degree.

Individual Courses (Certificate of Proficiency - COP)

You can take postgraduate law courses as individual courses for a Certificate of Proficiency (COP). Applicants must satisfy any prerequisite, co-requisite or other conditions of admission and enrolment.

Non Credit Enrolments (Auditing Courses)

If you are interested in completing a course, but without completing the assessment, you can audit the course with a Non Credit Enrolment.