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Master of Legal Studies

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
MLS Study Locations:Hamilton, Tauranga, Online
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Estimated Fees* (Domestic): $7,626 - $9,292 per year
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Estimated Fees* (International): $39,335 (120 pts)
$59,005 (180 pts)
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
Area of Study:
All amounts are in New Zealand Dollars (NZD).*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)

Year 1

Any 500-Level
LEGAL paper

Any 500-Level
LEGAL paper

Any 500-Level
LEGAL paper

  • Compulsory
  • Elective

View the available 500-Level LEGAL papers.

This information is provisional and subject to change.

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

Year 1

Any 500-Level
LEGAL paper

Any 500-Level
LEGAL paper

Any 500-Level
LEGAL paper

Year 2

Any 500-Level
LEGAL paper

Any 500-Level
LEGAL paper

  • Compulsory
  • Elective

View the available 500-Level LEGAL papers.

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

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Documents

For full requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Legal Studies.

Postgraduate Handbook


Contacts

If you have any questions and need more advice contact one of our friendly student advisors phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4080 or email: [email protected]

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Phone: +64 7 807 9275
Email: [email protected]

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