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Master of Laws - LLM

This course is available

On-Campus

Level of Study

Master's Degree

Duration

1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023

Campus

Victoria University of Wellington

Summary

Broaden your legal knowledge and enhance your career with specialist study in postgraduate Law.

Take your passion for law to the next level with advanced study and research. Be at the centre of debate, analysis and dialogue about law and legal policy issues in New Zealand.

Full time or part time, your study will be relevant, accessible and intellectually rewarding—research an area of law that interests you or tailor a course of study that suits your career goals.

Qualification options

Master of Laws by coursework
Master of Laws by dissertation and coursework
Master of Laws by thesis
Master of Laws by research portfolio

Master of Laws by coursework

You'll take one core course—Advanced Legal Study LAWS 581 worth 10 points—and make up the rest of your 120 points from a choice of other 500-level LAWS courses. Up to 40 points can be replaced by equivalent courses from another faculty or another university.

500-level LAWS courses differ from year to year and are either taught in block format, intensive format or seminars. Look at the course timetable to see when the intensive and block courses are offered. The seminar courses are mainly led by you and the other students who will prepare papers in advance.

Master of Laws by dissertation and coursework

You'll take LAWS 581 Advanced Legal Study (10 points), a further 20 points from the Master of Laws course-selection and LAWS 592, a 90-point dissertation of 35,000 words.

Dissertation supervision

The Faculty can provide dissertation supervision on a wide range of subjects. Explore the full list of the Faculty's research areas to help you decide on your own research topic.

Master of Laws by thesis

The Master of Laws by thesis requires you to complete a 120-point 50,000 word thesis on an area of law that interests you. You'll also do the course Advanced Legal Study LAWS 581 at no extra cost.

Thesis supervision

The Faculty can provide thesis supervision on a wide range of subjects. Explore the full list of the Faculty's research areas to help you decide on your own research topic.

Master of Laws by research portfolio

This is a more flexible combination of coursework and research on an approved topic. You'll take the 10-point Advanced Legal Study LAWS 581 and the 90-point Research Portfolio LAWS 593.

The research portfolio consists of two courses that include two research papers of 12,000 words each on related topics. You'll also complete a 2,500-word linking paper to establish and justify your research, as well as a further 20 points from Master of Laws courses.

Master of Laws by coursework

Schedule: Self-directed research and daytime and evening classes

Master of Laws by thesis

Schedule: Self-directed research

Master of Laws by dissertation and coursework

Schedule: Self-directed research and daytime and evening classes

Master of Laws by research portfolio

Schedule: Self-directed research

Entry criteria

To be accepted into this programme you will need to meet:

Bachelor's degree in Law or a postgraduate degree in Law with Honours.

Proof of English proficiency

To be accepted into this programme you will need to meet one of the following:

IELTS overall band of 7, including a writing sub-score of 7 and no sub-score below 6.5 (or equivalent)

TOEFL 100 on the internet-based test with a minimum of 25 in writing

EAP: a minimum of three ratings of 5 for reading, writing, and speaking, and one rating of 4 for listening from the Victoria University English Proficiency Programme.

Application Deadlines - Trimester 1: 1 Dec and Trimester 2: 1 May.

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