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Master of Legal Studies

If you are an international student who is not currently in New Zealand, you can start this programme online in A Trimester 2021 (March) until you are able to join us on campus in New Zealand. See how to apply.

The Master of Legal Studies degree emphasises creativity, communication, critical analysis, applied knowledge and problem solving in a variety of specialist disciplines.

The curriculum will provide training in critical skills that are marketable across professions, such as the ability to "think like a lawyer" in solving problems and to make clearly written and logical arguments. It is a flexible, professionally aligned academic degree that addresses key aspects of human culture, communication, and society. It offers explicit pathways into the workforce as well as pathways for career progression or to higher degrees. Although the Master of Legal Studies will not qualify students to practice as a lawyer, it will provide graduates with the core competencies and skills required for law-related work. Students will gain practical legal knowledge that is flexible and transferable to a wide range of occupations, across the public and private sectors.

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Key information

Years: 1.5
Points: 120 or 180
Study Locations:Hamilton
Start Dates: Trimester A (March)
Fees (Domestic): $7,325-$8,085 per year
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Fees (International): $35,375 per year
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
Area of Study:
*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

Degree Planner

Degree planner — MLS degree 120 Points (students entering with a 4-year bachelor’s degree)

  • Compulsory
  • Elective
This information is provisional and subject to change.

Degree planner — MLS degree 180 Points (students entering with a 3-year bachelor’s degree)

  • Compulsory
  • Elective
This information is provisional and subject to change.


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Career opportunities

  • Policy Analyst & Advisor
  • Mediator and/or Negotiator
  • Legal Researcher
  • Board Member for Iwi or other organisations
  • Local government advocacy

The following groups of students are eligible to be admitted to the Master of Legal Studies:

1. Three year bachelor’s degree in any discipline or field New Zealand bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) with a minimum B GPA Admission into 180-point Master of Legal Studies programme;

2. Four year bachelor’s degree in any discipline or field New Zealand bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) with a minimum B GPA Admission into 120-point Master of Legal Studies programme .


Scholarships and prizes

New to Waikato? The International Excellence Scholarship is worth up to $10,000.

Visit our Scholarship Finder for information about possible scholarships

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Documents

For full requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Laws.

Undergraduate Handbook
Postgraduate Handbook


Contacts

Faculty of Law

Ms Jasmine Burness
Programme Administrator
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.waikato.ac.nz/law
Opening hours: 8.30am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday
Location: N Block, Gate 7, Hillcrest Road, University of Waikato, Hamilton
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TePiringaFacultyOfLaw

Have a chat with one of our friendly advisers to help you plan your degree.

Phone: +64 7 8384610
Email: [email protected]

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