University of Auckland - Faculty of Law

Postgraduate Student Advisor
Building 810, Room 234
1-11 Short Street 1142 Auckland
New Zealand

LL.M. facts

  • Tuition 32,393 NZD

  • Duration 12 months

  • Class Size 150

  • Women 60%

  • Intakes March

  • Int'l Students 20%

  • Minimum TOEFL 100

  • Minimum IELTS 7.0

Auckland - Full Profile

The University

The University of Auckland is New Zealand's leading university. It is the only New Zealand university ranked among the world's top 200 universities by the Times Higher Education World Rankings of Universities. It is also the highest ranked New Zealand university in the QS World University Rankings and the Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities.

The University of Auckland has a strong international focus. It is the only New Zealand member of Universitas 21 and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities - international consortia of research-led universities. The University of Auckland is home to more than 40,000 students. More than 4,000 international students from 93 countries choose to study here.

There are over 10,000 postgraduate students at the University of Auckland. Investing in postgraduate study at The University of Auckland will broaden your academic, research and employment horizons, and add value with specialist skills and knowledge. Whether you plan to join the next generation of leading lawyers in New Zealand, or strive to become a leader in the international field, The University of Auckland will help you to make your mark on the world.

The Law School

Situated in the heart of the city's legal precinct, the Auckland Law School maintains strong links with the practising profession and the judiciary. We provide our postgraduate students with an excellent and innovative legal education that prepares you for success in a globalised world. The University of Auckland Law School has spearheaded the development of quality postgraduate legal education in New Zealand. Our graduates are valued and sought-after throughout New Zealand and the world. We offer the largest and most diverse range of postgraduate law courses in New Zealand. Our postgraduate programme attracts research students from New Zealand and around the world.

The University of Auckland Law School is home to a number of research centres of excellence, including The New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law, The New Zealand Centre for Human Rights Law, Policy and Practice and The Research Centre for Business Law. Our highly experienced staff who are international leaders in their field of study are all available for LLM supervisions in their area of expertise. They also teach on the LLM programme throughout the year.

The Program

The Master of Laws (LLM) degree is designed to provide an advanced level of study for full-time students, legal practitioners and other students engaged in full- or part-time employment. Students may concentrate their study in particular areas of specialisation, or study a broad range of legal subjects. Currently the areas of specialisation comprise of Corporate and Commercial Law, Environmental Law, Human Rights Law, International Law, Litigation and Disputes Resolution, and Public Law.

Our LLM programme draws together distinguished overseas teachers to teach intensive courses. By calling on the world's leading law teachers from a range of top law schools and the considerable expertise of Auckland's own staff, we offer you an array of intellectual talent and quality course offerings unmatched in New Zealand and comparable with the best taught LLM programmes in the Common Law world. This academic excellence is complemented by the cutting-edge expertise of internationally renowned law practitioners.

There are two ways to complete your LLM degree:
- The LLM by research allows you to conduct in-depth research into an area of personal interest with supervision from a leading expert in the area. This research can be completed by dissertation or thesis.
- The LLM by coursework allows you to study specific topics in greater depth and at a more advanced level. Each course contains a significant research component. Taught courses are held throughout both semester 1 and semester 2 and are either taught as an intensive course, a half semester, or a full semester course.

Postgraduate Certificate in Law
The Postgraduate Certificate in Law provides you with a one-semester postgraduate qualification in Law. It can also provide a pathway to the LLM or MLS degree programmes.

Master of Legal Studies
The Master of Legal Studies degree programme is similar to the LLM degree, but is designed for graduates who do not have a law degree, but whose career or experience involves legal issues.

Master of Taxation Studies
The Master of Taxation Studies (MTaxS) programme is designed for both law and commerce graduates who intend to make tax advocacy or tax consulting their career and who wish to extend their understanding of the theoretical issues and legal structures that underpin the taxation system.

Doctor of Philosophy
The Doctor of Philosophy is the ultimate step in the academic study of the field of law. It is a thesis-only research degree usually requiring full-time study for 3 to 4 years at The University of Auckland. The degree is undertaken under supervision and candidates must complete a sustained course of research resulting in the production of a substantial original thesis.

Click here for a full list of the LLM taught courses for 2016.

The Faculty

The Faculty of Law academic staff members are at the forefront of their areas of expertise, both nationally and internationally, in many fields of public and private law. The Faculty of Law provides a high calibre teaching and research supervision experience. Effective learning begins with great teachers. Our lecturers are committed to helping you to get the most from your study.

The Faculty of Law offers a number of resources to support your postgraduate studies; including a postgraduate common room, wireless network access for laptops and The Davis Law Library - which hosts the largest collection of legal literature in New Zealand. In addition to the general computer facilities in the Davis Law Library, several computers are provided for the exclusive use of postgraduate students. Further space is also provided for postgraduate study and discussion rooms are set aside for postgraduate students.

Postgraduate students are also welcome to attend the staff seminar series run throughout the year, with Auckland academic staff and visiting academics presenting research papers and work in progress. Research students will also be encouraged to present their work throughout the year in the autumn and spring student seminar series, or in postgraduate colloquia.

Entry Requirements

The Faculty of Law welcomes applications from both domestic and international students for admission to our postgraduate programmes. Any student that holds a New Zealand LLB degree or an overseas equivalent (ie a law degree that entitles an international student to practise law in their home country), with at least second-class honours, may apply to study in The University of Auckland postgraduate programme.

If you are an international student, and you do not have a degree taught in English at a recognised institution, you will need to sit an IELTS or TOEFL test. You will need:
- 7.00 IELTS, with a minimum writing band score of 6.50, or
- 100 TOEFL computer-based, with a minimum writing score of 24 out of 30

For further details on how to apply as an international student, please contact Auckland International:

Auckland International
The University of Auckland
Old Choral Hall
7 Symonds Street
Private Bag 92019
New Zealand
Phone: +64 9 373 7513
Fax: +64 9 373 7405
Email: [email protected]

Application Procedure

All applications for taught postgraduate programmes are completed online. Click here to apply for admission:

For application advice and assistance, please contact:
Postgraduate Student Adviser
Building 810, Room 2.31
1-11 Short Street
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 88180
Email: [email protected]

Studying for the LLM by research requires approval from the Postgraduate Committee before enrolling. Please contact the Postgraduate Student Adviser above requesting the Master's Dissertation Application form and Master's Thesis Application Form.

Tuition and Fees

The 2015 LLM tuition fee for full-time study ranges from NZ$8,891 (domestic students) to NZ$30,562 (international students). The annual PhD tuition fee is NZ$6,503 for both domestic and international students. Please note, in addition to the tuition fees for each course, you will be charged a Student Services Fee.The student services fee is calculated on a per point basis. The student services fee for 2015 is $6.15 per point.

This is a general guideline only. For accurate information regarding all fees, including how to pay, please see visit our website.

Financial Aid

Up to two Faculty of Law LLM Awards will be awarded in 2016 to encourage and support academically outstanding students to undertake a Masters of Laws (LLM) degree at The Auckland Law School.

The awards are intended to cover at least half the recipients costs. A Faculty of Law LLM Award will be worth $25,000 if awarded to a student paying international fees and will be worth $15,000 for a student paying domestic fees.

For more information and closing dates visit:

We also offer a wide range of other scholarships and awards to study Law at The University of Auckland. They are usually awarded to students with outstanding academic records or for student hardship or in need of financial aid.

For more information on scholarships and awards, please visit


The University of Auckland's Law School is located in the heart of Auckland, which is ranked third out of 221 world cities for quality of living in the 2015 Mercer Quality of Living Survey.

The University of Auckland's campuses offer the attractions of city life combined with the appeal of outdoor living - close to cafes, restaurants, cinemas and parks, and within 30 minutes of some of the world's most stunning beaches and pristine forests. A seaside city with a mild climate, Auckland provides opportunities to pursue all sorts of sports and outdoor activities, and explore the many islands in its harbour and the Hauraki Gulf.

Auckland is also a thriving centre for arts, culture and entertainment. It is always bustling with events, from major sports matches and cultural celebrations to international fashion and stage shows, there's something for everyone. As Auckland is the main gate-way to New Zealand, the rest of the country can be easily explored by plane, bus or car.

For more information on what's on in Auckland, see or under "news, events and culture".


The University of Auckland offers a variety of accommodation options and environments. With five halls of residence and five apartment options available, the residential community offers you an array of benefits of living at the heart of the University. More information about accommodation options at the University of Auckland can be found at

Accommodation Services can also provide help and advice with external accommodation options. They can be contacted at [email protected]

Student Life

Our campuses and accommodation are well equipped and we offer a wide range of support services. There is a great social life with clubs and associations for most interests, sport, music, cafés - and a vibrant city at your doorstep. If your hobbies are outdoor-based, you have access to some of New Zealand's most stunning beaches, bush walks, mountain bike tracks and subtropical islands.

The Postgraduate Students Association seeks to create and foster a sense of identity and community for all postgraduate students at The University of Auckland and provide an effective voice promoting the distinct and unique academic, professional and social interest of postgraduate students within the University and the wider community.

For more information and benefits of the Postgraduate Students Association visit

Summer Program

We offer a highly flexible programme that includes full semester courses, shorter courses and a range of intensive five-day courses throughout the year. Dissertation and thesis research can be undertaken at any time of the year, including during the summer break.

Pre-LLM Course

The Davis Law Library

The Davis Law Library

New students enrolled in postgraduate studies at The University of Auckland Law School need to undertake Law 788 Legal Research and Methodology. The course is specifically tailored for those students who have not studied at Auckland Law School. It is particularly useful for students who have not completed their undergraduate studies in a Common Law jurisdiction. The course is taught in an intensive three days, focusing on an introduction to Common Law theory and practice and legal database training.

Programs at Auckland


12 months
32,393 NZD
Commercial and Corporate Law Environmental Law Human Rights Law International Law Litigation and Dispute Resolution Public Law
  • Tuition based on international resident rate


12 months
Commercial and Corporate Law Environmental Law Human Rights Law International Law Litigation and Dispute Resolution Public Law
  • Program designed for applicants without a law degree


24 months
8,263 NZD
Commercial and Corporate Law Environmental Law Human Rights Law International Law Litigation and Dispute Resolution Public Law
  • Tuition based on domestic resident rate

By Research

12 months
32,392 NZD
  • Tuition based on international resident rate

By Research

12 months
Commercial and Corporate Law Environmental Law Human Rights Law International Law Litigation and Dispute Resolution Public Law
  • Program designed for applicants without a law degree

By Research

36 months
20,499 NZD
  • Tuition based on annual rate of 6833 NZD

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