The University of Auckland Faculty of Law

The University of Auckland Faculty of Law



The University of Auckland has, for more than a century, been dedicated to its mission to nurture scholars who will contribute to society by advancing knowledge and imparting it to new generations of students. Staff, students and supporters take pride in having contributed to The University of Auckland's reputation as New Zealand's flagship, research-led university, known for the excellence of its teaching, its research, and its service to its local, national and international communities.

Planning your programme


Information to help you plan your programme of study.



*In exceptional circumstances, direct entry into the PhD may be possible for candidates with an outstanding LLB(Hons) degree.



*Some students may be eligible for an exemption from LAW 788 Legal Research Methodology. Details of eligibility for an exemption will be provided in the course outline. Students eligible for an exemption must contact a student advisors at the Auckland Law School Student Centre to apply for the exemption to be recorded.
Note: The University requires all students admitted into a programme to complete the Academic Integrity Course in their first semester



The Auckland Law School is now accepting postgraduate applications for 2017.

All applications are done online using the University application and enrolment system. You must apply for the programme you wish to be considered for using the online Application for Admission form. Hard copy forms can be requested from the Student Contact Centre if the online form is not accessible.


Once your application is lodged you will need to submit documentation such as proof of identity and your academic transcripts. Following assessment of your application, if you are successful you will be made an offer of place in the programme. You must accept this offer on your Application for Admission before you can enrol in any courses.


Apply now for admission


If you require any assistance with your application contact the Student Information Centre.


Phone: 0800 61 62 630800 61 62 63 (or +64 9 923 1973 for calls outside New Zealand)

LL.M. Program

Auckland Law School's Master of Laws (LLM) suits full and part time students, who can select from a suite of three or five day courses, Saturday courses and half or full semester evening courses. Whether you are a pratitioner keen to upskill in an area, a local graduate looking to specialise or international student looking to gain a qualification from a leading Law School, our LLM will give you the flexibility and choice you are looking for. Students can choose from over twenty five taught courses and entry to the LLM is available throughout the year.


You can choose to complete your LLM by the traditional thesis route, through our ever popular taught courses, or a mixture of the two.


The LLM by research offers you the opportunity to conduct in-depth research in an area of personal interest to enhance your future employment opportunities either professionally or academically.

Approval to undertake the degree by major thesis usually requires a GPE of 6.0 or higher, or an LLB(Hons) degree.


The LLM by coursework offers the an opportunity to study areas in greater depth and complexity than within an undergraduate law degree. Our taught courses combine sophistication and technical difficulty in terms of legal content with relevant interdisciplinary subject matter and a focus on policy. Each course contains a significant research component, which is usually a 12,500 word research essay. You can also study one Masters course (30 points) from another faculty in the University of Auckland.

Where to live?

Inner city apartment

Pros Cons
Secure apartment buildings Mostly only 1-2 bedrooms
Walking distance to University/city centre Smaller than houses
May have gyms and other facilities No outside living
May be furnished Parking may cost extra
  Living close to neighbours








Suburban house

Pros Cons
More options: apartment/house Older houses can be cold/expensive to heat
Outside area (e.g. garden, lawn) You must take care of the outside area
Generally more space/bigger rooms Time/cost to get to the University
Free parking Not usually furnished


University accommodation

Halls of Residence

Pros Cons
Five locations available First-year students only
Mentoring and support services  
Secure buildings  
Car parking is extra but very reasonably 
priced ($20-$30 per week)
Walk to University/city centre  
All have recreation and study spaces  
Bicycle parking  

For more information, see Halls of Residence


University flats/apartments


Pros Cons
Eight locations 5-20 minute walk to City Campus
More independent lifestyle Not all have lockable bike storage
Fully furnished  
Recreation space  
Car parking is extra but very reasonably priced 
($20-$30 per week).
Water, electricity, gas, heating and internet included  

For more information, see University flats/apartments

Message from an Alumni

I absolutely loved the LLM programme. I was able to deeply research topics I was passionate about, and the flexible structure gave me lots of choice in the way I studied. The small class sizes and lecturer to student ratio made for a very supportive learning environment.

“I had always thought about undertaking postgraduate study, and I chose the Auckland Law School because it offered me the best programme for what I wanted to achieve. Through my specialisation, Environmental Law, I was able to focus on the legal impacts and implications of climate change in the Pacific. I loved being able to join my two key research areas under one umbrella.

“I am hoping my qualification will allow me to pursue my dream of working with Pacific communities, countries and governments around the issue of climate change in the Pacific region.

“Another reason I enjoyed my time at Law School was the support network – especially the Pacific Islands Law Students’ Association. It’s an amazing community and I had both mentors and friends within it. There are a lot of support services available to Pacific students.

“A postgraduate law degree gives you the ability to think critically, research deeply and articulate findings. I am very excited about my future career and where my LLM will take me.

Kya Lal recently graduated with a Master of Laws (First Class Honours), specialising in Environmental Law.

Auckland Law School LLM Awards


Are you an outstanding student? Up to two Auckland Law School LLM Awards are awarded each year to encourage and support academically outstanding students to undertake a Masters of Laws (LLM) at Auckland Law School.

The awards are intended to cover at least half the recipients’ costs. An Auckland Law School LLM Award is worth up to $25,000 if awarded to a student paying international fees or $15,000 for a student paying domestic fees.

See here for more information.

Applications are being accepted through to 31 January 2017. Apply now!


For some students the PGCertLaw also serves as a pathway to the LLM or MLS degrees. Students who achieve a GPA of 5.0 or higher in their PGCertLaw courses may apply to transfer to the LLM or MLS degree, on the condition that they meet all the other entry requirements for the relevant degree.


Postgraduate Certificate in Law (PGCertLaw)


Not ready to commit to a full LLM? The Postgraduate Certificate in Law (PGCertLaw) is effectively half of an LLM or MLS degree. It is ideal if you have a limited amount of time, are looking to fulfil your CPD requirement or only want to take a couple of particularly relevant courses.


Individual Courses (Certificate of Proficiency - COP)


You can take postgraduate law courses as individual courses for a Certificate of Proficiency (COP). Applicants must satisfy any prerequisite, co-requisite or other conditions of admission and enrolment.


Non Credit Enrolments (Auditing Courses)


If you are interested in completing a course, but without completing the assessment, you can audit the course with a Non Credit Enrolment.