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Master of Laws

This course is available


Level of Study

Master's Degree


1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Auckland University of Technology


A Master of Laws will deepen your legal knowledge and legal research skills.

We offer a range of study options to suit your needs - you can complete the Master of Laws entirely by thesis, entirely by coursework, or through a combination of coursework and research.

One area of focus for our taught programme is advanced criminal law, enabling you to gain further expertise in that area. Other papers focus on human rights law, and indigenous rights and law.

As part of your Master of Laws you can include a specialisation or focus area.


You can complete the 120-point Master of Laws without a specialisation, or you can choose to have a specialisation marked on your degree parchment by having at least 90 points from the papers in the listed specialisations below:

  • Corporate and Commercial Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental and Resource Management
  • Intellectual Property
  • Property and Development
  • Regulation and Competition

Focus areas

You can also choose to have a focus area marked on your transcript by completing at least 90 points from the papers in the listed focus areas below:

  • Climate Change Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • Indigenous Rights and Law
  • International Law
  • Jurisprudence
  • Non-Adversarial Justice
  • Private Law
  • Public Law
  • Trusts/Trusts and Fiduciary Obligations

To qualify for the Master of Laws, you need to complete 120 points, including, if necessary, LAWS901 Legal Research Methodology.

Master of Laws by Thesis

Master of Laws by Dissertation

Master of Laws by Coursework

Entry criteria

A Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Laws (Honours) or equivalent

In exceptional circumstances, an applicant who does not meet the requirements above but who has extensive professional or scholarly experience of an appropriate kind, may be considered for admission

Applicants must demonstrate to the Dean (or representative) an ability to undertake study at postgraduate level in the proposed course of study

English Language Requirements:

IELTS (Academic) 7.0 overall with 7.0 or higher in Writing and Reading, and 6.5 in Listening and Speaking; or equivalent; TOEFL iBT score of 100; GIE with A grade; CAE minimum overall score of 185; PTE minimum overall score of 65.

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