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Postgraduate Certificate in Law

This course is available


Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


0.5 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


University of Auckland


Give your expertise a legal spin with this certificate programme designed for non-law graduates wanting to enhance their existing skills. If you have limited time or wish to study only a few Law courses this programme is for you.

Programme overview

With the largest range of postgraduate courses in the country, at New Zealand’s top-ranked law school we’ll give you the tools to advance your career.

Our PGCertLaw is designed for professionals from non-legal backgrounds who require some knowledge of legal matters. Professionals such as accountants and auditors, architects and town planners, business development managers, compliance managers, engineers, IT professionals, police and public sector staff have greatly benefitted from this programme.

The programme can also be used by law graduates wanting to bridge the gap to masters-level law study. The PGCertLaw is effectively half of a Master of Laws (LLM) degree or Master of Legal Studies (MLS) degree.

Our programme provides flexible legal study for both full-time and part-time students. You can study while you work to keep up the momentum or go full-time to get to the next level even faster. Possible to the PGCertLaw is available throughout the year providing the flexibility you need to accelerate your career.

The PGCertLaw also provides skills in legal research methodology for those without advanced skills in this area.

With over 30 taught courses to choose from you can concentrate your study in particular areas of specialisation or study a broad range of legal subjects.

Programme structure

The PGCertLaw is made up of 60 points undertaken by coursework.

Students must complete a minimum of 60 points of courses from the postgraduate taught courses schedule (excluding thesis or dissertation courses), alongside Legal Research Methodology and Advanced Writing (LAW 700).

It is possible to complete the programme in one full-time semester (6 months) or take up to four semesters (two years) to complete the programme part time.

Flexible study

We understand that personal, family and work commitments are important factors when deciding whether to study, so we offer options to fit with your lifestyle:

Full-semester courses taught in the early evening once a week

Half-semester courses taught for six weeks of the semester in the early evening once a week

Intensively-taught courses over three to five days (usually incorporating a weekend break, ie Weds, Thurs, Fri, Mon, Tue)

Where could this programme take you?

The PGCertLaw can enhance your career potential by honing your specialist knowledge and transferable skills. Our graduates combine their legal knowledge with advanced communication, research and analytical skills in a wide range of careers.

Jobs related to this programme

Barrister or solicitor

Financial adviser, strategic policy planner


Policy analyst in public or private sector; foreign policy clerk

Resource management officer, property consultant

Tax adviser, auditor, revenue assessment officer

Further study options

Master of Laws

Master of Legal Studies

Doctor of Philosophy

Entry criteria

You must have completed a Bachelor of Laws or an equivalent undergraduate degree in law at a recognised university (or similar institution). You will need a GPE of 4.0 over your most recent year of law courses.

If you do not hold an undergraduate degree in law, you will need to have completed a four-year undergraduate degree or a three-year undergraduate degree followed by a year of postgraduate study. Your study must have been completed at a recognised university (or similar institution) and you will need a GPE of 4.0 over your most recent full-time year of study.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 7.0 no bands less than 6.5

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